Archive for March, 2011

ManagementSpeak, 3/28/2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011
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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.

Agile Iron Chefs?

Monday, March 28th, 2011
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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, 3/21/2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011
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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.

Words Enterprise Architects should only speak in whispers

Monday, March 21st, 2011
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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, 3/14/2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011
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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.

For in that sleep of outsourcing, what Dreamliners may come … and when?

Monday, March 14th, 2011
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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, 3/7/2011

Monday, March 7th, 2011
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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.

Enterprise Architecture / Enterprise Technical Architecture Cage Match

Monday, March 7th, 2011
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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 […]

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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