Archive for May, 1996
ManagementSpeak: I don’t totally disagree with you. Translation: You may be right but I don’t care. Thanks to reader John Priebe.
I think we have this Bill Gates thing all wrong. Lots of IS managers responded to my column on the return of the mainframe mentality, concerned about the damage renegade end-users can cause. Most of these letters recommended processes that prevent end-users from making mistakes. That’s when it hit me: Bill Gates is the one […]
ManagementSpeak: We want to deliver a quality product. Translation: The product will be late and over budget. Thanks to reader Michael Heinich.
Why are so many client/server projects late, over budget, and under-featured? It must be the technology. After all, IS mainframe development projects never come in late, over budget and under-featured, do they? I wrote a piece on empowerment a few months back. Several managers responded with stories of employees who chronically make excuses and duck […]
ManagementSpeak: The system has to be flexible. Translation: We don’t know what the hell we want. The contributor of this week’s ManagementSpeak has requested anonymity. We can all understand why.
Ambrose Bierce, the 19th century cynic, told of the inventor who built a flying machine. When the inventor started the machine, it immediately and quickly bored a hole straight to the center of the earth. Leaping free, the inventor was heard to remark: “My invention was perfect in every detail. The problems were merely basic […]
ManagementSpeak: We’re going to follow a strict methodology here. Translation: We’re going to do it my way. Thanks to reader Allison Heber
Technology … all successful technology … follows a predictable life cycle: Hype, Disillusionment, Application. Some academic type or other hatches a nifty idea in a university lab and industry pundits explain why it will never fly (it’s impossible in the first place, it won’t scale up, it’s technology-driven instead of a response to customer demand […]