Archive for February, 2002
ManagementSpeak: Boy, we dodged a bullet on that one. Translation: What’s bad isn’t that we shot ourselves in the foot. It’s how fast we reloaded and fired again. IS Survivalist Mike Laughon explains the source of enemy fire.
A bunch of stuff has hit my desk recently. It all seems related somehow. See if you can find the thread that connects them: While cleaning out old magazines I found the October issue of Darwin magazine, which published its “Fittest 50” list. Yup — there was Enron. Still, Darwin is a fine publication. Lots […]
ManagementSpeak: We would like this solution to be as flexible as possible. Translation: Discovering our requirements will be like nailing Jell-o to a wall. IS Survivalist Joseph Baxter understands the need for flexibility when interpreting conversation.
As programmers age, they face age discrimination — true or false? On the surface this appears to be true, but when you accept superficial explanations you pay the price. In my experience, both forward and reverse age discrimination are prevalent, except what’s really going on is a mismatch between expectations and you. Managers expect employees […]
ManagementSpeak: You need to perform due diligence. Translation: I don’t understand it, and don’t want to do it. IS Survivalist Bob Hays diligently watched for the hidden meaning. How about you?
Long before ManagementSpeak graced these pages, Mad Magazine had mastered the art of translation. My favorite: What they say: It isn’t the money. It’s the principle of the thing. What they mean: It’s the money. To run IT, you need both money and principles, of course. Among the core principles for running a typical IT […]
ManagementSpeak: It’s a high level model. Translation: It’s wrong. This week’s anonymous contributor is right.
One of the most popular games in the world of business is “Blame the Consultant.” No matter what actually went wrong — bad leadership, poor project management or sloppy implementation — it’s easiest to blame the consultants. The most recent example is New York Times analyst Paul Krugman, who, in a recent editorial blamed the […]