Archive for May, 2001
ManagementSpeak: We want to be flexible, but we’re not going to compromise. Translation: Forget it. This, uttered by a former head of Eastern Airlines Machinists Union, is one of my dad’s personal favorites.
Some words inspire terror. Their mere mention causes blood pressure to rise, mouths to dry, and beads of sweat to burst out, cold. Words like “vampire”. “Final exam.” “Orthodontist.” Orthodontist isn’t the most terrifying word to start with “O” either. Far worse is the dreaded IT O-word — the one that’s spoken only in whispers, […]
“Software is just an opinion.” – mentioned to me by my friend Bill Hammond
I wonder how many ERP customers actually use their ERP software to plan Enterprise Resources? The point of enterprise resource planning software is to run your whole business from a single integrated suite, making integration problems a thing of the past. So where’d that name come from? Answer: First there was materials requirements planning (MRP). […]
ManagementSpeak: Obviously … Translation: I don’t know why it’s true, but I need you to agree to it so I can get what I want. Obviously, IS Survivalist Jeff Atkins understands how to interpret management utterances.
Consider plumage. If Mother Nature hired some consultants I know, the male peacock would lose its tail feathers; likewise the bird of paradise. Even the cardinal’s crest would go, re-engineered in the interest of efficiency. As for ungulates, their antlers, along with the contests they engage in to compete for territory and mates would be […]
“If you were supposed to understand it, we wouldn’t call it code.” – from a Federal Express promotion, reported by IS Survivalist Matthew Persico.
Imitation, I’m told, is the sincerest form of flattery. Given the occasional criticism of Gartner in this space over the years, I was especially flattered by Gartner Senior Analyst Nikos Drakos. At the Gartner Europe Spring Symposium/ITxpo 2001, Drakos made use of the technology life cycle — Hype, Disillusionment, Application — first described in this […]