Archive for June, 2011

ManagementSpeak, 6/27/2011

Monday, June 27th, 2011
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ManagementSpeak: Taking ownership of issues that arise is one of our core principles. Translation: Excrement rolls downhill. It will stick to you. Correspondent L.T., knowing where “downhill” ends, avoids the bottom of the barrel as much as professionally possible.

The Hellstrom Enterprise Chronicle

Monday, June 27th, 2011
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Talking about business ethics is like drinking bourbon. It starts out as a conversational lubricant and can lead to interesting exchanges of ideas. But if you keep going, mostly you’ll end up just shooting your mouth off, without saying anything at all interesting and possibly getting into a pointless fight. So I’m returning to the […]

Great Quotations, 6/20/2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011
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“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” — Terry Pratchett

End of the Wild West for IT?

Monday, June 20th, 2011
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An executive friend’s complaint: “Why can’t IT get its act together and stop being the Wild West?” “First it was structured programming,” he continued. “Then it was objects. Now it’s services, and The Cloud. We used to have feasibility, requirements, external design, internal design, construction, testing and roll-out. Now we have Agile, and I can’t […]

Great Quotations, 6/13/2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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“When I told my doctor I couldn’t afford an operation, he offered to touch up my X rays.” – Henny Youngman

Development team ethics, Part II – The Cesspool

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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I won’t stoop to an Anthony Weiner tie-in. I won’t stoop to an Anthony Weiner tie-in. I won’t I won’t I won’t I won’t … Oh, hello there. Welcome to Part 2 of our review of a moral cesspool. No, not that cesspool. We’re talking about project management as described by Scott Ambler in his […]

ManagementSpeak, 6/6/2011

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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ManagementSpeak: Do the right thing. Translation: Do what’s best for me. This week’s anonymous contributor did the right thing by translating this overused phrase.

Development team ethics, Part I – The Abyss

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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The less people know, the stronger their opinion. It’s a fine American tradition, and it’s nowhere more in evidence than when people get on their high horses about other peoples’ ethics. I was reminded of this (again!) when long-time correspondent Mark Eisenberg forwarded an article with this shocking headline: “Survey Shows Unethical Behavior Rampant Inside […]

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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