Archive for August, 1998

ManagementSpeak, 8/31/1998

Monday, August 31st, 1998
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Management Speak: I want you to be pro-active on this. Translation: I want you to take the blame if there’s any heat. This week’s contributor didn’t want to take any heat

Integrated IS Plan #7: Application architecture (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 31st, 1998
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Delegation is a difficult skill to master. Many managers confuse it with tossing work over the transom and forgetting about it until the deadline. That’s a weird mistake to make when you think about it, given the absence of transoms, not to mention doors, in the modern workplace. One way to think about the role […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/24/1998

Monday, August 24th, 1998
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Management Speak: We didn’t budget for that. Translation: It’s a great idea. Wish I’d thought of it. IS Survivalist Lenny Liebmann appears to be long on ideas and short on budget

Integrated IS Plan #6: The starting point for architecture (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 24th, 1998
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A decade or so ago, John A. Zachman published a seminal article on technical architecture in the IBM Systems Journal. (In publishing, “seminal” means lots of people cite it but almost nobody actually has read it.) Almost immediately, IBM issued a ton of press releases whose only significant impact was to verb the word “architect,” […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/17/1998

Monday, August 17th, 1998
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ManagementSpeak: The good news is that the system is flexible.  The bad news is that the system is flexible. Translation: The system doesn’t even come close to doing what is needed. In fact, we don’t know what it does. Kevin Bevins explains the nature of system flexibility.

Integrated IS Plan #5: Managing Technical Architecture (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 17th, 1998
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Back when the earth was young and dinosaurs … uh, batch mainframe processing … ruled the world, you picked a primary vendor, usually IBM or Digital, and your vendor defined your technical architecture. IBM’s whole business strategy, in fact, revolved around control of the architecture. Even if you bought an Amdahl mainframe, Memorex controllers and […]

Great Quotations, 8/10/1998

Monday, August 10th, 1998
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“Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

If there’s really an IT labor shortage … (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 10th, 1998
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In July of 1973 I returned from a semester abroad in Guatemala to find that gasoline was in short supply, prices had tripled, and if you wanted to fill your tank you had to wait in line. A long line. Then some wise guy started rumors of a toilet paper shortage. Predictably, huge crowds of […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/3/1998

Monday, August 3rd, 1998
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Management Speak: I understand that you feel you are overloaded. To help me get a handle on your workload please keep a daily record of everything you do and how long each task takes.  I will evaluate this and see what suggestions I can offer. Translation: If you have time to do the list, you’re […]

Career plan or career random-walk? (First appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 3rd, 1998
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Someday I’m going to have to plan my career. I figure I’ll have time to plan it a few months after I retire. In the meantime, I’m having so much fun at whatever I have instead that if I have any more I’m not going to get any sleep at all. Oh, I know we’re […]

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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