Archive for August, 2000

Great Quotations, 8/28/2000

Monday, August 28th, 2000
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“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

Policy prevention (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 28th, 2000
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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 […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/21/2000

Monday, August 21st, 2000
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Management Speak: We’re market driven. Translation: We blame customers for our lack of innovation. William Adams wrote to explain the ubiquity of blandness.

Microsoft.Nuts (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 21st, 2000
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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, 8/14/2000

Monday, August 14th, 2000
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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 Sum of all Projects (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 14th, 2000
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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 […]

ManagementSpeak, 8/7/2000

Monday, August 7th, 2000
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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.

How to kill an idea (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, August 7th, 2000
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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 […]

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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