Archive for February, 2008
ManagementSpeak: We want to empower our users. Translation: We want to make it their problem. It’s no problem for this week’s anonymous contributor.
PCs aren’t computers. They’re portals to an entire universe of possibilities. Unless, that is, IT is in charge of them.
ManagementSpeak: We need to increase training for our employees. Translation: We made an uninformed decision and need someone to take the blame again. KJR Club member Victoria V. Boettcher gets the credit for this well-informed interpretation.
I wrote harsh words about the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) (“The connection between leadership and process in IT,” Keep the Joint Running, 1/14/2008). Nobody wrote to disagree. Not exactly. Hillel Glazer, an SEI insider, politely informed me that I was hopelessly out of date: SEI abandoned CMM in 2001 in favor […]
“After the temple was destroyed, prophecy was given to fools.” – The Talmud, brought to my attention by Dov Trietsch
If someone does something that’s patently ridiculous, but manages to draw enough attention that it generates a lot of discussion, has that person performed a valuable service or just wasted our time? But enough about Paris Hilton, Kiefer Sutherland and Lindsay Lohan. In our own industry we can ask a similar question about Nicholas Carr, […]
“Computers let you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.” – Mitch Ratcliffe
Nicholas Carr has a new theory — that internal IT is reaching the end of the line, because information technology will follow the same commoditization curve that electrical utilities followed a century ago. Okay, it isn’t really a new theory, although from the attention Carr is getting for his new book, which should have been […]