ManagementSpeak, 9/15/2014

By Bob Lewis | September 15, 2014
Topics: ManagementSpeak, NewMS | No Comments »

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ManagementSpeak: I want you to own this project.

Translation: I don’t want to be bothered with this project.

Thanks to “Bob from Phoenix” for being bothered enough to send this in.

How to prove a proof of concept

By Bob Lewis | September 15, 2014
Topics: NewPost, Project Management, Strategy and Tactics, Technology | 3 Comments »

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It isn’t that hard. Mostly, it means redefining “success.”

ManagementSpeak, 9/8/2014

By Bob Lewis | September 8, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: Give me a fully landscaped example to demonstrate the benefits.

Translation: Give me a lot of gory details. A summary just isn’t going to cut it.

Hmmm. I might use this one! Congrats to both the correspondent who suggested it, and the manager who coined it.

Proofs of concept usually aren’t

By Bob Lewis | September 8, 2014
Topics: Process Management and Improvement, Project Management, Strategy and Tactics, Technology | 6 Comments »

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Proofs, that is. Usually, they barely count as evidence.

Great Quotation, 9/1/2014

By Bob Lewis | September 1, 2014
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“If we can’t learn from our mistakes, what’s the point in making them?”

“Cy the Cynic,” from Frank Stewart’s bridge column

Spycraft, project-craft … what’s the difference?

By Bob Lewis | September 1, 2014
Topics: Career Management, Leadership, Project Management | No Comments »

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Covert operations are projects, too, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the two have strong parallels.

ManagementSpeak, 8/25/2014

By Bob Lewis | August 25, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: That’s an interesting question.

Translation: No.

Thanks to Mark Janda for an interesting translation.

Organizing for technology leadership

By Bob Lewis | August 25, 2014
Topics: Career Management, Leadership, Organizational Design, Outsourcing, Strategy and Tactics, Technology | No Comments »

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When providing technology leadership, your most important goal isn’t a successful implementation. Your most important goal is to build a reusable organizational capability.

ManagementSpeak, 8/18/2014

By Bob Lewis | August 18, 2014
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ManagementSpeak: I’m a realist.

Translation: I’m a pessimist.

Thanks to this week’s contributor for his realistic translation.

More technology leadership prerequisites

By Bob Lewis | August 18, 2014
Topics: Career Management, Leadership, Office Politics, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy and Tactics, Technology | 3 Comments »

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More for our list of what’s required for technology leadership to be possible: A receptive audience, and a long “epiphany half-life” … that is, persistence.

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