Archive for March, 2000

ManagementSpeak, 3/27/2000

Monday, March 27th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: Must be able to overcome internal and external barriers, so troubleshooting and analytical skills are a must. Translation: Must be able to identify and operate management hot buttons. This week’s contributor is good at figuring out what jobs really require.

The end of the age of computer-phobia (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 27th, 2000
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New York City recently pulled the plug on its psychic training program. While the program has successfully trained welfare recipients in the arcane craft of psychic hot-linery, officials apparently wanted to avoid criticism such as that leveled by “legitimate” psychics such as the manager of Abracadabra Productions Ltd, who described the program as “…totally a […]

ManagementSpeak, 3/20/2000

Monday, March 20th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: When it comes to data, end-users just don’t understand. Translation: When it comes to data, I just don’t understand. When it comes to attributing today’s phrase, let’s all understand the contributor’s desire for anonymity.

The year of the fat network (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 20th, 2000
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Will this be the year of the fat network? Regular IS Survivalists will recall this term. Introduced last year as a more accurate alternative to “thin client” (which originally referred to the presentation module of a well-designed n-tier application, but which has, through misuse, lost all of its meaning) fat network architectures come in three […]

ManagementSpeak, 3/13/2000

Monday, March 13th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: That’s a very interesting concept. Let me think about it and I’ll get back with you on it. Translation: I’ll get back to you on this via the company newsletter, which will give me the credit. But I’m still giving IS Survivalist Scott McIntyre credit for this interesting concept.

Avoiding the spiderwebs of Middle Earth (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, March 13th, 2000
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Somehow, we printed, “The money saved the dwarfs that spent on remediation.” I was explaining why we used two-byte year fields in the first place, and meant to point out that because storage cost so much when we wrote our legacy systems, the money saved was much greater than what we spent to fix the […]

What CIOs need to know about the business (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2000
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News flash! In another case of psychologists proving what we’ve long suspected, Justin Kruger and David Dunning, publishing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, demonstrated the inverse correlation between actual ability and self-assessment. The better employees think they are, the worse they actually are and vice versa. Armed with this little factoid, I […]

ManagementSpeak, 3/8/2000

Wednesday, March 8th, 2000
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ManagementSpeak: It’s a great theory but … Translation: I disagree, but I’m not sure why. Today’s anonymous contributor theorizes about why some managers reject good ideas.

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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