Archive for February, 2007

ManagementSpeak, 2/26/2007

Monday, February 26th, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: Just because the building we’re supposed to be moving into is full, it doesn’t mean they won’t find room for us somewhere. Translation: Expect to be transferred or laid off.  If you were important enough to keep, we’d reserve room for you. KJR always reserves room for quality translations like this one from KJR […]

Office biogeography

Monday, February 26th, 2007
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Frederick Jackson Turner wrote about the Frontier and how it shaped, and continues to shape America’s national character. The Frontier requires independence and self-reliance. Need water? Dig a well. Need a barn? Build a barn. Someone steal your horse? Do something about it. It’s the American way, or at least it’s the American way among […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/19/2007

Monday, February 19th, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: All you have to do… Translation: This will take you at least a year. KJR Club member Tim Lawrence didn’t take very long to interpret this common explanation.

Y2K2

Monday, February 19th, 2007
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It’s time to rant and rave. It’s time for all of us to rant and rave, because everything about the quagmire our so-called leaders have plunged us into was entirely foreseeable and entirely preventable. Yes, that’s right. The subject this week is the change in daylight savings time, and how completely idiotic it is. Oh, […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/12/2007

Monday, February 12th, 2007
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ManagementSpeak: He has been given opportunities to excel in a number of different roles in the organization. Translation: It’s time to fire his worthless posterior. This week’s anonymous contributor excels in the art of mumbo jumbo translation.

To err is human. Then what?

Monday, February 12th, 2007
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You always test. The only question is whether you test before or after you put your software into production. No, this column isn’t about Windows Vista. Mathematicians haven’t invented numbers small enough to describe the chance of my having anything original to say about it. This column is about mistakes, and what to do when […]

Great Quotations, 2/5/2007

Monday, February 5th, 2007
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Once upon a time/Somebody say to me (This is a dog talkin’ now)/What is your Conceptual Continuity? Well, I told him right then/(Fido said)It should be easy to see The crux of the biscuit/Is the Apostrophe. – “Stink Foot,” by the late, great Frank Zappa (since so many of you asked)

The voluminous surface of the organizational chart

Monday, February 5th, 2007
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“How will this help me in my later life?” While many high school math teachers consider this to be an annoying question, they’re wrong. Far more annoying are the math teachers who can’t produce a good answer. Case in point: It takes a modest background in mathematics to appreciate the nuances of the surface area […]

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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