Not Invented Here

In engineering, there’s a phenomenon called “NIH” or “Not invented here”. This is when your management won’t allow you to pursue a solution to a problem because your proposed solution uses someone else’s widget. It occurs when management is more concerned with the company’s IP portfolio than with solving the engineering problem at hand.

Other organizations have their own versions of this behavior. At the New York Times, it must be called something like “Not scooped here”. David Codrea reports that the Old Gray Lady is passing on the “Gunwalker” scandal because they didn’t break it. Making matter worse, I suppose, is the fact that mere bloggers broke it.