Archive for October, 2000
ManagementSpeak: The project has been re-scoped and de-scoped. This is a good thing from the point of view of eliminating Scope Creep, which had gotten way out of hand. Translation #1: We didn’t know what we were doing, but now we’re going to try some other random things to see if any of them work […]
A couple of years ago I promoted “National Boycott Stupidity Day“, an event devoted to not watching Forrest Gump or anything else that actively promotes dumbness as a virtue. The point of NBSD was to promote intelligence as the proper virtue, not to brand particular concepts, groups, or ideologies as stupid. “I disagree,” doesn’t mean […]
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” — Albert Einstein; given to me by my good friend, colleague, mentor and rabbi (well, kind of), Shelly Harris
“We need to get our costs in line with our revenue.” Welcome to Charybdis, the Business Spiral of Death. A recent column stated that, “… cost-cutting is always a bad goal.” It garnered quite a bit of attention, some unflattering. Especially among financial professionals, who report income and expenses to Wall Street (and who, as […]
ManagementSpeak: That’s not ISO. Translation: I can’t support my position with facts or logic, but I disagree with you anyway. This week’s anonymous contributor demonstrates a new and innovative benefit of ISO compliance.
“I’m sorry, sir, but that’s against our policy.” There’s something about that phrase that sets my teeth on edge. Maybe it’s being called “sir” — yet another sign of my advancing age. But I don’t think so. Policies exist to make sure everyone (or every situation that falls into a defined category) is treated the […]
ManagementSpeak: We’ve gotta do it this way. Translation: I can’t support this with any logic and I sure don’t want you to question it. IS Survivalist William Adams’ translation, on the other hand, is unquestionable.
My daughter Erin just caught her first fish. Regular readers may recall that her dad spent years studying fish. Mine emitted electric impulses and lived in Africa. To catch them we dammed small streams, then shoveled the water through nets. Erin caught hers with a salmon egg on a hook. It’s an entirely different experience. […]
ManagementSpeak: This is the most difficult decision we’ve ever had to make. Translation: The decision was easy. Telling it to you is difficult. The decision to use IS Survivalist Robert Pirnie’s contribution was easy.
Before you read this column, pull out your company’s organizational chart. Put a G next to individuals who always seems to get along. Next, put an S next to those who generally speak their minds, regardless of the issue or its popularity, and a P to denote those who pick their battles, only speaking their […]