Archive for May, 1999
Management Speak: You know I’m your biggest supporter. Translation: Uh … what did you say? I wasn’t listening. IS Survivalist Chris Lively makes it clear that “support” is a tricky concept.
Let’s play telephone. You know the game – it’s the one where each person at a party whispers a message in the ear of the next person, until the message has gone full circle. By the time the message returns to the original speaker, it’s completely distorted. Only we’re going to play it the IS […]
Management Speak: I have a concern over the business need for this. Translation: Over my dead body. This week’s contributor spots a fringe benefit from successfully making the business case
I love golf. I wandered through a golf show a few weeks ago, looking at gadgets, daydreaming of long, straight drives, and pondering the game as a metaphor for managing IS (not for the first time, either — see my July 8, 1996, column on the subject). The obsession so many of us have with […]
Management Speak: Do it the right way. Translation: Do it my way, no matter how stupid. The IS Survivalist who contributed today’s entry, finding nobility in having common cause with his peers, asks to be known only as “Every Programmer.”
When this first appeared it didn’t occur to me to use the term “practice.” But that’s what the lower-case “processes” are in the article that follows.
“When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.” – Marquis de la Grange
Dear Bob, I know this is a rather odd question, but I need your help with ManagementSpeak. No, it’s not translating it, it’s me translating to it! I’ve been told that although I speak very well to and/or with end-users, I need to work more on talking with upper management. Three different managers have suggested […]
ManagementSpeak: The system will be ready in two weeks. Translation: The system will be ready when pigs fly. IS Survivalist David Pepper explains the linkage between project management and animal husbandry.
According to published reports, Internet Explorer 5.0 will occupy about 50 megabytes of your hard drive. Now I’m a broad-minded soul, and a firm believer in letting every single adult American make his or her own trip to perdition in his or her own fashion. If Microsoft wants to ship a 50 megabyte browser, bless […]