Archive for May, 1999

ManagementSpeak, 5/31/1999

Monday, May 31st, 1999
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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.

The importance of the fundamentals (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 31st, 1999
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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 […]

ManagementSpeak, 5/24/1999

Monday, May 24th, 1999
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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

The right tools for the job (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 24th, 1999
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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 […]

ManagementSpeak, 5/17/1999

Monday, May 17th, 1999
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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.”

Is it a Process, or just a process? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 17th, 1999
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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.

Great Quotations, 5/10/1999

Monday, May 10th, 1999
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“When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.” – Marquis de la Grange

How to speak ManagementSpeak (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 10th, 1999
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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, 5/3/1999

Monday, May 3rd, 1999
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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.

The best solution to feature bloat (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 3rd, 1999
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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 […]

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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