PowerPoint: When bullets miss their targets

Boston Globe Editorial:

The issue:

  • Ubiquitous Microsoft presentation software now a fixture of high-level military planning efforts. Junior officers spend hours distilling complex issues into PowerPoint. Top commanders skeptical, NYT reports.
  • Pentagon = tip of iceberg. Military’s use of PowerPoint pales next to corporate America’s.

The case for PowerPoint:

  • Radically simplifies decision-making.
  • Offers ready alternative when elegant prose, hard numbers, clear thinking are in short supply.
  • Ideal format for identifying “paradigm shifts,” “synergies,” “value-adds.’