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What if the Death Star had a good disaster recovery strategy?

May 7, 2012

“The Death Star will be completed on schedule.” – Darth Vader

Lord Vader, if nothing else, was an effective project manager. Here is just a trilogy of examples:

Vader secured and used the power of executive sponsorship:

  • Moff Jerjerrod: The Emperor’s coming here?
  • Darth Vader: That is correct, Commander. And, he is most displeased with your apparent lack of progress.
  • Moff Jerjerrod: We shall double our efforts.
  • Darth Vader: I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

Vader was all business, uh, laser focused on hitting the schedule:

  • Darth Vader: You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I’m here to put you back on schedule.
  • Moff Jerjerrod: I assure you, Lord Vader. My men are working as fast as they can.
  • Darth Vader: Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.

Vader was “hands on,” so to speak, making sure everyone bought into the plan:

  • Admiral Motti: Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you enough clairvoyance to find the rebels’ hidden fortress…
  • [Vader makes a pinching motion and Motti starts choking]
  • Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Unfortunately, Vader’s Jedi training to be in the moment and well, execute, didn’t provide him long-term vision. Inattention to risk management allowed the rebel alliance to pilfer the Death Star schematics, and lack of an effective backup strategy turned out to be the Empire’s undoing. I mean, come on!  They had “the ultimate power in the universe,” in the Death Star and a giant freakin’ laser, but no backup strategy? I know they were in space, but if Darth just invested in cloud services for data backup, maybe he’d still be breathing heavily in that shiny black life support system today.

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