Archive for March, 2000
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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 […]
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: 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.