Archive for July, 2011
“Optimism is the failure of imagination.”- Darmon “Woody” Dunwoody, and thanks to KJR Club member Mike Heilman for sending it in.
Do you have a 21st century workforce? Or is yours mired in 20th century habits?
ManagementSpeak: You may not upgrade your COTS product until the vendor certifies it’s section 508 compliant. Translation: It’s more important to cover my posterior than to keep the organization running. This week’s observation comes from a government employee who knows the difference between a specification and an excuse.
Do you upgrade on a case-by-case basis because “it’s a business decision, not an engineering decision”? If so, you aren’t being businesslike at all.
ManagementSpeak: You need to find a mentor. Translation: My boss told me that I should be mentoring my people. Tom Reid joins the KJR Club by mentoring us on how to interpret what we hear.
According to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, time is just another linear dimension, no different from forward and backward, up and down, or right and left. Not only that, we’re all traveling at the speed of light, all of the time … mostly into the future, which is why we can’t turn around and head […]
ManagementSpeak: There’s nothing to worry about, this is all according to plan. Translation: We’ve been so clueless about what would happen that this disaster comes as no surprise. KJR Club member J. MacKenzie was anything but clueless in translating this little gem.
When a state government shuts down, the proximate root cause is a lack of funding. The next-level root cause is that the two sides weren’t able to find an acceptable compromise. The deep root cause is that THE OTHER SIDE IS EVIL, STUPID, AND ENTIRELY LACKING IN THE SLIGHTEST SENSE OF HOW THINGS WORK. Please […]