Archive for July, 2004
ManagementSpeak: I hear you. Translation: But there’s no way that I would dignify your input with a rational response. This week’s anonymous contributor heard and understood.
Reality is overrated. Not that I have anything against reality. All things considered, it’s a pretty good place to build your house. I do, however, have a problem with people who claim personal ownership of the joint. “You have to face reality,” is a dangerous phrase. It lays claim to knowledge about the nature of […]
“If you take something apart and put it together often enough, you’ll have two of them.” — Blaine King, an old friend who is fond of this apparent violation of the first law of thermodynamics.
“Oh my gawd!!!” cried Chicken Little a few years ago. “Microsoft bought Great Plains! It’s the end of third-party accounting packages! And oh, by the way, the sky is falling too.” If you haven’t noticed, the sky hasn’t fallen yet (although that pesky ozone hole keeps growing) and Microsoft is still just another player in […]
ManagementSpeak: We rely on our front-line personnel to discover innovative ways of getting the work done. Translation: Two words: Budget Freeze. John Pfeifer is one of the KJR Club’s front-line personnel.
Dave Teleki wrote in to say, “Something’s been nagging me about your phrase ’emaciated and unpleasant’, your replacement for ‘lean and mean’, and I have now figured out what it is. “‘Emaciated’ is just a bit too Latinate and abstract. And ‘unpleasant’ is this year’s contender for understatement of the decade.” Mr. Teleki doesn’t claim […]
ManagementSpeak: This project will be good for your career. Translation: I couldn’t find anyone else dumb enough to accept this assignment. Be prepared for hard work, lots of overtime, and little recognition. This week’s anonymous contributor recognizes the subtleties of career dynamics.
eXtreme programming is a shame. Understand, there’s a lot to be said for it. I have nothing against it. Smart people have extolled its benefits in print, and in person. It undoubtedly works very well. But it’s still a shame, because it was carefully packaged to scare the living daylights out of a typical CIO. […]