Archive for May, 2002
ManagementSpeak: In reality … Translation: In my uninformed opinion … This week’s anonymous survivalist explains reality.
Recently, I filled out our application for a marriage certificate. I began with the section titled “Groom.” Last name, first name, middle initial … fine. Sex: M or F. Huh? As Minnesota doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, the number of female grooms is low enough to ignore. Still, there was no point in arguing, so I [...]
ManagementSpeak: Give the users exactly what they ask for. Translation: Don’t think. Just code. IS Survivalist David Cohen gave us exactly what we asked for — an excellent and very useful translation.
As I mature (or maybe just age) I increasingly divide the world into things-that-are-my-problem and things-that-aren’t-my-problem. Earning enough to pay my share of the mortgage and groceries is my problem. Figuring out how other people should live their lives isn’t my problem. Keeping close track of what isn’t my problem has proved to be a [...]
ManagementSpeak: It’s a 50,000 foot view. Translation: We’re high enough that nobody can tell who’s responsible for what. IS Survivalist Bill Helgren took responsibility for translating this over-used euphemism.
What should you do yourself and what should you delegate? A few weeks back, Chad Dickerson and I disagreed in print about the importance of 802.11. Finding something we disagreed about took quite a bit of work, too — I hope you appreciate the effort. We didn’t, by the way, disagree about whether 802.11 works. [...]
ManagementSpeak: We’re going to guarantee delivery of a quality product. Translation: We’re aren’t ever going to deliver a product. An anonymous IS Survivalist clearly delivered a quality product — this week’s translation.
Take some number, double it repeatedly, and it gets very big very fast. Nothing grows forever, though, because there are always limiting factors, so add a feedback term to slow the rate of growth as the number approaches them. The result is a smooth, S-shaped curve mathematicians call “The Logistic.” If, however, you delay the [...]