Archive for May, 2004
ManagementSpeak: Global sourcing is all about promoting efficiency and eliminating waste from the corporation. Translation: Global sourcing is all about looking for the “Miserable Nation of the Month”, and taking advantage of its low wages. KJR Club Member Paulo Caetano explains the nature of waste.
Like the rest of the country, Minnesota is in the throes of the “tax revolt.” It’s premise is that we can cut taxes without pain because there’s plenty of waste in government. Somehow, though, when budget-trimming time rolls around, the waste pulls a vanishing act, and we’re told we have to make painful choices. Sound […]
ManagementSpeak: Our IT and business organizations have made it a priority to build a productive rapport. Translation: Our IT and business organizations have all the rapport of Ali and Frazier. KJR Club member Charles Warnock enjoys a productive rapport with the English language.
You say the lean manufacturing consultants have been through and squeezed all the fat out of the production departments? You say the business process re-engineering department went through the rest of the company and squeezed a bunch more? You say the CEO laid off a thousand productive employees to send a message to Wall Street, […]
ManagementSpeak: At the highest level of organizational confluence, the PMO is the forum that brings together IT and Line of Business (LOB) leaders to maximize synergy among the internal and external partners that collectively form the IT ecosystem. Translation: The LOBs are threatening IT’s centralized control. Alternate Translation: I can’t even spell “PMO” but I […]
What’s the future of information technology? Everything will be faster, development will be easier, and integration will be as simple as building something out of Tinkertoys. In fact, development and integration will converge into the same set of activities — finding the functionality you need and connecting it into a functioning application. Sure it will. […]
ManagementSpeak: People just don’t like change. Translation: My solution is worse than the problem. KJR Club member Richard Randles explains why people don’t like change.
One of the most powerful tools at a developer’s disposal is recursion. Whether the job at hand is defining a bill of materials or the management hierarchy, recursion is the only tool for the job. (If you aren’t familiar with the term, the GAWK manual defines it thusly: “When a function calls itself, either directly […]
ManagementSpeak: There will not be any layoffs. Translation: There will, however, be terminations. KJR Club member Randy Godfrey demonstrates the importance of fine distinctions.
Not all that many years ago, a friend of mine bought a router. When he brought it home to show his wife, she asked, skeptically if it was really worth a week’s lunch money. So to prove its value he’d spend hours in his workshop, using his new router to build nifty items like chairs, […]