Archive for March, 2011
ManagementSpeak: Sure the product can still be delivered on-time. We can leverage our existing resources to implement these new features. Translation: I have a lot of exempt programmers, so we can get as much free overtime as we need. KJR Club member Jason Gill explains the nature of leverage.
Talk about tough-to-cross chasms … “How Great Entrepreneurs Think,” (Leigh Buchanan, Inc., 2/1/2011) describes seriously interesting research by Saras Sarasvathy on the difference between entrepreneurs and corporate managers. Unlike the usual takes on the subject (this old column, for example), Sarasvathy spent hours with a statistically significant number of both in the context of solving […]
ManagementSpeak: It’s not about ego. Translation: It is about ego: mine! And mine won’t suffer, yours will. Contributing an excellent ManagementSpeak this week was not about ego. If it was, our contributor would not have asked to remain anonymous.
The subject two weeks ago: Which pays the bills, enterprise architecture or enterprise technical architecture (“Enterprise Architecture / Enterprise Technical Architecture Cage Match,” KJR, 3/7/2011). This week’s subject: Do you talk like that in public? It happened like this. Just to stir the pot a bit, I used the cage match column in the LinkedIn […]
ManagementSpeak: What do you think would be best for the company? Translation: Tell me what is best for me and what I want to hear. KJR Club member Sam Jackendoff tells us what’s best for our vocabulary.
The Senate just passed patent reform legislation. So here’s a thought: Rather than reform the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO,) why not just outsource the sucker to the European Patent Office? It would be cheaper and far less risky than fixing the one we have. This follows the usual but unadmitted reason businesses outsource. Shorn […]
ManagementSpeak: We run a lean organization here. Translation: We have far too few people doing way too much work, and none of it is done particularly well. Translating “lean organization” wasn’t much work for this week’s anonymous contributor.
It’s the Edison Ratio again — Thomas Edison’s famous explanation of genius as one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. The Edison Ratio is why I haven’t yet written about the subject suggested by long-time correspondent Bob Ballard, enterprise architecture. Way back when I developed what I thought was an enterprise architecture methodology for my […]