Archive for June, 2011
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.
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 […]
“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” — Terry Pratchett
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 […]
“When I told my doctor I couldn’t afford an operation, he offered to touch up my X rays.” – Henny Youngman
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: 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.
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 […]