Archive for November, 2000
ManagementSpeak: I want you to come out of this project looking like the hero. Translation: I want to come out of this project looking like the hero. This week’s contributor, having requested anonymity, must remain an unsung hero.
How do you decide which books to buy and read? These are two different decisions. Some books are ammunition. When you need support for a position that’s been challenged, books follow the Harvard Business Review and official-looking analyst reports, precede trade press articles, and are a parsec or two in front of facts and logic […]
ManagementSpeak: Preliminary tests were inconclusive. Translation: We couldn’t even figure out how to start it up. Speaking of inconclusive, this week’s contributor never gave permission to mention his name.
We need more women in IT. Now that I’m skating on thin ice, let me explain. When I was a lad, women’s fashions were a big deal. If the designers declared hem lengths were up, most women wore short skirts, acting as if the fashion police would pay a visit. I still see articles about […]
ManagementSpeak: We. Translation: Me. Alternate Translation: You. IS Survivalist Craig Faison shows the importance of context in understand language.
It’s time to vote. It’s a tough choice this year. No, I’m not going to endorse either George “Fratboy” Bush or Al “Cyborg” Gore. This being an IT publication, that wouldn’t be appropriate. Personally, I’m using my Aunt Lila’s logic. Years ago she explained why she was voting for Walter Mondale against Ronald Reagan. “I […]
ManagementSpeak: We’ve had to make a very difficult business decision. Translation: You’re leaving. We’re getting a big bonus. The decision to use this contribution, from a source who prefers to remain anonymous, was not difficult at all.
Some people prefer Dear Abby, others Ann Landers. I’m an Ann kind of guy — too often, Abby’s advice lacks specifics and substance, whereas Ann’s advice is always practical and specific. One of Ann’s better pieces of advice goes to “the other woman”. “If he cheated on his wife with you,” Ann regularly points out, […]