Archive for April, 2008
ManagementSpeak: That’s a very insightful analysis. Translation: It agrees perfectly with all of my biases. Speaking of insightful analyses, this one, from an anonymous contributor, agrees perfectly with my bias toward accurate interpretation.
I should have known better. Last week I griped about Gartner failing to give credit where due, based on the simple arithmetic of an August, 2007 Gartner press release, which said, “[Research Fellow] Jackie Fenn has been authoring the hype cycle for emerging technologies for 12 years.” For those few of you who had trouble […]
ManagementSpeak: We are forming a business alliance with Company X. Translation: Company X is now in control. Get your resumes updated as fast as you can. KJR Club member Randy Godfrey formed an alliance with the forces of truth, justice and the American way with this submission.
Okay, now I’m mad. According to Gartner, in an August 2007 press release that just caught my attention, “[Research Fellow] Jackie Fenn has been authoring the hype cycle for emerging technologies for 12 years.” This means she published the first Gartner hype cycle in August, 1996, more or less. The Gartner hype cycle (technology trigger, […]
ManagementSpeak: That can’t be done for compliance reasons. Translation: This is great! I can blame Sarbanes-Oxley for any decision I make. KJR Club member Joseph Baxter complied with KJR policy — he spotted a phrase that needed translating, sent it in, and gave permission to print his name.
One of the dumbest bits of political commentary in the past several years came from Jonah Goldberg. Commenting on somebody-or-other’s accusation that somebody else … somebody else Goldberg happens to like … was a hypocrite, Goldberg said, approvingly, that in order to be a hypocrite you first have to have principles. Readers of Keep the […]
ManagementSpeak: In order to optimize the whole we’ll have to sub-optimize the parts. Translation: Your whole is about to be optimized. Alternative Translation: We’re going to ruin the parts. Thanks to KJR Club member Donald Welker for optimizing the art of translation.
Favorite themes from Keep the Joint Running in the news: Zero Tolerance Policies: The use of process is the difference between effective management and bureaucracy. Effective managers keep the goal paramount. Processes guide action, help the organization learn, and are ignored whenever they don’t fit the situation. For bureaucrats, the process is the point. Following […]