Archive for February, 2011
ManagementSpeak: People are our greatest asset. Translation: We have too much of a good thing. Mark “in transition” Hank helps us understand the nature of corporate assets.
Unemployment is high, and yet a lot of managers and executives complain how hard it is to find the talent they need. This is especially true in IT, but I’ve had this conversation about plenty of other fields as well. What seems to be going on is that for positions companies hire by the dozens […]
ManagementSpeak: There’s not a deadline on this, but efficiency is key. Translation: Call your significant other and warn them that you’ll be getting home late … for the next few months. Gerry Giese joins the KJR Club with great efficiency.
Ever wonder why good code is so hard to find? In his consistently brilliant xkcd.com, Randall Munroe explains the situation: Write fast and write junk. Write well and your software is obsolete before you’re done. It’s Waterfall vs Agile, of course. And the debate, unsurprisingly, is more often tribal than rational — my team is […]
ManagementSpeak: Where are we with the project? Translation: Now that you have done all the work, it’s time for me to take the credit. Because this week’s contributor asked to remain anonymous, I guess I’ll have to grab the credit for his good work.
Innovation is one of those widely admired characteristics that’s also widely misunderstood. The admiration is deserved. According to an I-sure-wish-I-could-track-it-down-so-I-wouldn’t-have-to-rely-on-my-memory essay published in The Economist more than a decade ago, quite literally all economic growth throughout history has been the result of technological innovation. I’m in favor, but the vote is hardly unanimous. George Will, […]
ManagementSpeak: This looks foolproof. Go for it. Translation: It’s your project. Goof up and you’re dead meat. This week’s translation, from an anonymous contributor, was foolproof.
Ronny Richardson tells the tale, which begins with this e-mail to the Walmart.com Help Desk: I sent a money gram to Cameroon. The local clerk said they could deliver to Yaounde Cameroon and the person I was sending it to could pick up the money at the local Walmart. As far as I can tell, […]