Had Douglas Engelbart not envisioned most of what we now consider standard in computing, someone else might have. But he’s the one who first put the pieces together, and deserves more credit than he usually receives.
ManagementSpeak: Okay, gang, you know that I’m busy doing inventory tonight so I’m not going to be much of a motivator. So I really need you to motivate yourselves. Translation: That’s as opposed to the rest of the time, when I don’t do anything to motivate you because I just can’t be bothered. I hope […]
ManagementSpeak: This is an opportunity for you to excel. Translation: This job is a pain in the rear and I can’t get anyone else to do it. Alternate translation: We don’t have the resources to properly train you, or help you figure out the problem. Just get it done now! Chris Kuaiwa and an anonymous […]
ManagementSpeak: Have you got a minute? Translation: It’s been nice working with you. And it’s been very nice working with KJR Club inductee Mark Dattoli on this.
ManagementSpeak: Wasn’t I clear in what I told you? Translation: Did I forget to tell you? KJR Club member Tom Reid remembered to tell us.
ManagementSpeak: We need to revisit our implementation strategy. Translation: I want a way to blame all failures on end-users and contractors, absolving myself of any responsibility. KJR Club member Harry Ebbeson knows what implementation strategies look like once you get past the Executive Summary.
“But they are useless. They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso, on computers, reported by A Word A Day.
Boundary, n.Â In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another. – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary.
“Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” – Sam Goldwyn
“Ah, what do the experts know.” – Spiro Agnew