Archive for June, 2003

ManagementSpeak, 6/30/2003

Monday, June 30th, 2003
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ManagementSpeak: The project was a rousing success. Translation: My definition of “success” is that I endorsed the project. I think we can endorse this translation as having been a rousing success.

What’s really uninteresting about software

Monday, June 30th, 2003
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The ever-quotable Larry Ellison has told us that software is about to become uninteresting. Nicholas Carr has stated, in the Harvard Business Review, no less, that IT doesn’t matter anymore — that since everyone has “it,” it’s no longer a differentiator. I don’t know which parallel dimension they live in, but I’m pretty sure it […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/23/2003

Monday, June 23rd, 2003
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ManagementSpeak: Everybody knows that … Translation: Don’t bother me with facts or logic — this is what I want to believe. Everybody knows this is what the phrase means, don’t they?

Oracle vs You

Monday, June 23rd, 2003
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I’d like to file a missing persons report. It’s the liberal media. I can’t find them anywhere! I keep hearing that “the media” has a liberal bias. I hear it from every radio talk-show host, every television commentator, and a lot of print columnists. So here’s my question: If every radio talk-show host and television […]

Great Quotations, 6/16/2003

Monday, June 16th, 2003
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“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” – John le Carre

We ain’t there quite yet

Monday, June 16th, 2003
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Sometimes, being right is more misleading than being wrong. I’m thinking of Nicholas Carr, writing in the Harvard Business Review that IT doesn’t matter anymore — in his view it has become so plentiful and commoditized that it no longer provides anyone with a competitive advantage. He is, of course, right. In a wrong kind […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/9/2003

Monday, June 9th, 2003
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ManagementSpeak: We like the way you handle responsibility. Translation: We want to make you the fall guy when things go wrong. KJR Club Member Greg Griswold culled this beauty from an old Frank & Ernest cartoon.

On Grant

Monday, June 9th, 2003
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Back in my electric-fish-research days I found myself in a small pond near Makoku, Gabon. Having noticed a faint squeaking noise, I investigated, looking for the source. After five minutes of careful searching I discovered it: A frog, caught in the mouth of a very long green snake, dangling from a tree roughly two feet […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/7/2003

Saturday, June 7th, 2003
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ManagementSpeak: Quality is free. Translation: We have no intention of investing in our business. This week’s contributor invested a high-quality ManagementSpeak in this column … for free.

Quality matters. How you define quality matters even more.

Saturday, June 7th, 2003
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We used to say, “Quicker, cheaper, better … pick two.” Then process re-engineering came along, promising improvements in all three through the magic of being more insightful than those who built the current process. Sometimes re-engineering succeeds. Sometimes it does more harm than good, in part because, as discussed in this space over the last […]

my photoBob Lewis is a senior management consultant with Dell Services. He has published these columns once a week in one form or another since 1996.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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