Archive for February, 2011

ManagementSpeak 2/28/2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011
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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.

Workforce oversupply and undersupply

Monday, February 28th, 2011
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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, 2/21/2011

Monday, February 21st, 2011
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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.

Agile vs Haphazard development

Monday, February 21st, 2011
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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 Write well and your software is obsolete before you’re done.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, 2/14/2011

Monday, February 14th, 2011
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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.

Where innovation happens, and how

Monday, February 14th, 2011
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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 2/7/2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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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.

Learning from an easy target

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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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, […]

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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