Archive for May, 1996

ManagementSpeak, 5/27/1996

Monday, May 27th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: I don’t totally disagree with you. Translation: You may be right but I don’t care. Thanks to reader John Priebe.

What game is Bill Gates really playing? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 27th, 1996
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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, 5/20/1996

Monday, May 20th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: We want to deliver a quality product. Translation: The product will be late and over budget. Thanks to reader Michael Heinich.

Managing big projects … when you have to (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 20th, 1996
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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, 5/13/1996

Monday, May 13th, 1996
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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.

Avoid big projects (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 13th, 1996
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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, 5/6/1996

Monday, May 6th, 1996
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ManagementSpeak: We’re going to follow a strict methodology here. Translation: We’re going to do it my way. Thanks to reader Allison Heber

Welcome to the technology life cycle (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 6th, 1996
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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 […]

my photoBob Lewis is a senior management consultant with Dell Services. He has published these columns once a week in one form or another since 1996.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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