Archive for July, 2000
“No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.” – Ian E. Wilson; provided by my friend and colleague Stirling Rasmussen.
If you enjoy science fiction and have never read Roger Zelazny, you owe yourself one of his novels. Zelazny was unequalled in portraying grand themes and larger-than-life characters. Usually powerful, often immortal, they act out their dramas as ordinary people in extraordinary roles. Start with Lord of Light, an up-close and personal look at the […]
ManagementSpeak: We offer a competitive salary. Translation: We’re like everyone else … average. IS Survivalist John Priebe provides an above-average entry to our ongoing lexicograghical effort.
There’s only one long-term answer to the IT labor shortage, and that’s Tom Swift Jr. If you aren’t familiar with the series, Tom Swift was for science fiction what Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were for mysteries. Swift was a genius in his late teens who invented cool stuff, had lots of adventures, and […]
Management speak: Management wants to listen to you. Translation: Listen carefully to us and paraphrase it back. IS Survivalist Mike Miller paraphrases “listening”
A month or so ago, in the context of interviewing techniques, I described an applicant for a help desk position who, when I asked what operating systems she knew, withdrew a piece of paper from her purse to read me the answer. Several correspondents asked me what happened next. The answer: We hired the applicant. […]
ManagementSpeak: We’re managing for change. Translation: We have no idea where we’re going or what we’re doing. IS Survivalist Michael J. Austin demonstrates his sense of direction.
I been readin’ about how the new economy, and how the Internet has changed everything. It’s pretty interesting stuff. For example, didja know time and space have collapsed? It’s true! Distance doesn’t matter anymore, and everything now happens all at once. I read about it online someplace. I went right out and told my neighbor […]
ManagementSpeak: We need to leverage our brand name. Translation: We’re going to cut the quality, raise the price and buy a TV ad. In order to preserve his personal brand, this week’s phrase-donor has asked to remain anonymous.
In the beginning was Electronic Data Processing (EDP). In EDP we wrote computer programs to automate business processes. Ignorant about methodologies, we just talked with the people who were going to use the system, figured out together what it should do, and tweaked things until everyone was satisfied. Eventually these programs turned into legacy systems. […]