Archive for January, 2008
ManagementSpeak: … but I’m not saying anything. Translation: I’ll take cheap shots at you about this on a regular basis. This week’s anonymous contributor said a lot.
Nitpicking is fun, but pragmatism pays the bills. Last week’s column, which deconstructed the notion that CIOs should run IT as a business, was fun, but it might have been more self-indulgent than useful. The column, if you missed it, listed eleven definitions of “business” and demonstrated that none of them makes sense as a […]
ManagementSpeak: I’m committed to a high level of organization and structure. Translation: I’m a hopeless mess and I’m depending on you to cover for me. KJR Club member Larry Lipman is committed to a high level of translation quality.
CIOs are, according to many in the business punditocracy, supposed to run IT as a business. Yet in spite of all of the ink smeared on crushed trees advocating this thought process (not to mention the miniscule magnetic domains that have given up their freedom to store it) I’ve yet to see anyone define what […]
ManagementSpeak: You will have to do more with less. Translation: We are shipping more work offshore. You get to deal with the fallout. KJR Club member Dan Senko did great things with nothing more than his ears and good sense.
Business is the land of the panacea, and IT is its capital. Sensible people … people who would never ask, “What do you think — should I take tetracycline, Vitamin D, or have surgery?” before undergoing the minor inconvenience of a medical diagnosis to determine (a) if they are ill; and (b) if so, with […]
“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” – Peter Drucker
Process has dominated the consulting world, at least since Michael Hammer and James Champy published Reengineering the Corporation in 1994. Keep the Joint Running and its InfoWorld predecessor, Survival Guide, have been contrarian about process for nearly as long. The process perspective isn’t wrong. It is, however, subordinate to other, more important perspectives. As evidence: […]