It's about the course and optimization as
a field, especially in business.
So, I contributed.
Since I've been there, done that, got the
T-shirt, I'm able to make some contributions
few others can, but to make these contributions
I have to draw on some of my personal
experiences. It's not about me or
And, it's not "babble": Instead, in some situations
valuable information, that I very much wish
I'd had long ago. With that information,
I would have avoided trying to have a
career in optimization. Much of my
Ph.D. is in optimization; some of the
rest of my Ph.D. may yet prove to be
valuable, but the optimization part
was essentially a waste. Yes, we
expect some useless chaff in with the
good wheat, but still we don't like it.
Optimization cost me a lot.
Broadly optimization is a siren song, especially
for people with at least one foot in computing.
Since in principle and sometimes in pracitice
the field can save money, enough to give
quite high ROI,
sounds good. Alas, mostly the song is not
good but an invitation to disaster, to taking
a career into a swamp.
I gave you some rare and good insight
that could be quite valuable;
ignore it if you wish.
"Experience is the great teacher,
and some will learn from no other".
I learned about optimization from
experience; it's the very expensive
way to learn; if you throw away what
I reported from my experience, then
you get to take the expensive