Archive for February, 2008

ManagementSpeak, 2/25/2008

Monday, February 25th, 2008
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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.

The portal

Monday, February 25th, 2008
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PCs aren’t computers. They’re portals to an entire universe of possibilities. Unless, that is, IT is in charge of them.

ManagementSpeak, 2/18/2008

Monday, February 18th, 2008
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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.

Capability Maturity Model revisited

Monday, February 18th, 2008
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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 Hillel Glazer, an SEI insider, politely informed me that I was hopelessly out of date: SEI abandoned CMM in 2001 in favor […]

Great Quotations, 2/11/2008

Monday, February 11th, 2008
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“After the temple was destroyed, prophecy was given to fools.” – The Talmud, brought to my attention by Dov Trietsch

Carr-toonish engineering

Monday, February 11th, 2008
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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, […]

ManagementSpeak, 2/4/2008

Monday, February 4th, 2008
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“Computers let you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.” – Mitch Ratcliffe

Carr-ied away

Monday, February 4th, 2008
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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 […]

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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