Archive for August, 2000
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” – Anatole France
Dear Bob, As a new manager, I am interested in any publications or references that are available with sample policies — for example, sample backup policies, helpdesk policies, data retention policies, etc. I’ve searched many libraries and found few actual “templates” from which I can glean knowledge, and, if it was an excellent template, copy […]
Management Speak: We’re market driven. Translation: We blame customers for our lack of innovation. William Adams wrote to explain the ubiquity of blandness.
I’m mad at Bob Metcalfe. But first … IS Survivalist Roger Crawford points out one of Microsoft’s business practices that’s even more unfair than its antitrust shenanigans, namely, how it describes new products or product plans: “We are developing product X that does functions a, b and c and we expect these types of people […]
ManagementSpeak: This has your name all over it. Translation: You’re the only unsuspecting schmuck we can flatter into taking on this project. My good friend and colleague Kristen Weingartz’s name is all over this one.
The Standish Group, in its annual Chaos Study of project completion rates, has been quoting from Tom Clancy’s The Sum of All Fears: “The Roman bridges of antiquity were very inefficient structures. By modern standards, they used too much stone, and as a result, far too much labor to build. Over the years we have […]
Management Speak: I’m not saying no, but I’m certainly not saying yes. Translation: No. Today’s anonymous contributor didn’t say yes when asked if his name could appear.
Due to travel, I recently had to miss my 30th high school reunion. The bad news was not seeing old friends. The worse news was not finding out who has aged more than I have (everyone, I presume). The good news? Not having to relive embarrassing moments, like the time I asked a girl to […]