Archive for September, 2006

ManagementSpeak, 9/25/2006

Monday, September 25th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: I have concerns about your estimate. Translation: I already promised the CEO it would cost a lot less. And I promised KJR Club member Kevin Szabo the fame and glory that comes from having your very own ManagementSpeak contribution appear in this space.

People first, methodology second. Or perhaps third.

Monday, September 25th, 2006
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The biggest benefit of writing a column like this is that I don’t have to have all of the brilliant insights. Did I say all? I don’t have to have any — I just have to read my mail. Example: In response to last week’s column about project and program management (“Don’t Supersize. Chunkanize,” KJR […]

ManagementSpeak, 9/18/2006

Monday, September 18th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: I need to see a little more granularity on the individual tasks in your project plan before I can approve it. Translation: I’m going to micromanage this project into the ground, then blame you for a lousy project plan. KJR Club member John Pfeifer’s plan for contributing ManagementSpeak entries is, in contrast, refreshingly simple: […]

Don’t supersize. Chunkanize.

Monday, September 18th, 2006
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Bare Bones Project Management: What you can’t not do has been shipping for a month now, and the response has been gratifying. I wrote Bare Bones because, in my experience at least, the secret to success in project management isn’t the use of arcane, complex techniques. Like most areas of business, successful project management comes […]

ManagementSpeak, 9/11/2006

Monday, September 11th, 2006
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ManagementSpeak: You will never know how important your contributions have been to the organization. Translation: Neither will anyone else, because I’m taking all the credit. I think this means I shouldn’t give KJR Club member Paul Walding the credit for this contribution.

Staff inflections

Monday, September 11th, 2006
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Leading IT: The Toughest Job in the World identifies the “eight tasks of leadership” — envisioning the future, delegation, staffing, decision-making, motivation, team-building, culture, and communication. Add to these process management, organizational design, provisioning, and general administration — the four tasks of management (or at least the four that have made my list thus far) […]

Great Quotations, 9/4/2006

Monday, September 4th, 2006
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“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.” — Sir Thomas Huxley (1825-1895) “Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority by people who know what they’re talking about.” – Bob Lewis’ clarification

Leading in general

Monday, September 4th, 2006
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Female managers are more nurturing and less political than their male counterparts — a fact that’s well-accepted by just about everyone. Computer geeks see the world in very different terms than the rest of the population. They get stuck in the details, communicate poorly, and are social disasters. Everyone knows this. Members of Generation X, […]

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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