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Category Archives: professional practice

Scalability of self-service employee review enterprise integration

generic employee review [employee name] is excellent at scalable self service in adapting customer experience deliverables. He/she anticipates all competitive advantage adaptations in changing market frameworks. His or her key focus areas over the last fiscal year has demonstrated talent to continually improving capabilities for proactive mitigation in risk culture policies for stakeholder collaboration and […]

Languages, computer systems, and productivity

Via a re-tweet of this that I saw this morning; An interesting blog post from 2009 about why Lisp failed in the marketplace. Now I don’t want to talk about Lisp, or Java, or anything language specific, I want to highlight this statement, which was what was in the tweet, from the post: Employers much […]

Air France stops maintenance in China after screws missing from plane

This is why I don’t trust off-shoring of aircraft maintenance. The same reason that poisonous substitutions are made in toothpaste or cheap lead paint used on a children’s toy; it’s the whole idea of taking something based in complex skills and knowledge-based engineering and buying on price, which ends up in a business environment like […]

Why Steve Jobs mattered | Bob Lewis

Why Steve Jobs mattered | Bob Lewis: “Nothing about the iPod, iTunes store, iPhone, or iPad was safe. Jobs focused on upside potential, not downside risk. Like the great generals in history he preferred offense to defense. As for excellence, he insisted on it in the technical as well as general meaning of the word. […]

Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen | Bob Lewis

Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen | Bob Lewis: “When IT is a business, selling to its internal customers, its principal product is software that “meets requirements.” This all but ensures a less-than-optimal solution, lack of business ownership, and poor acceptance of the results.” (Via Bob Lewis […]

quick link: The value of stable teams.

http://www.allaboutagile.com/the-value-of-stable-teams/

Busted-arse Apple Mobile Me Calendar forced onto me.com users

Got this email from Apple’s Me.com service today; from MobileMe <MobileMe@insideapple.apple.com> date Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 13:02 subject Upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5, 2011 Upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5, 2011 Dear MobileMe member: On May 5, 2011, MobileMe will transition completely to the new Calendar service […]

Business change methodology gaps | Keep The Joint Running

Whatever else you do, give yourself a chance: Rename every project, initiative and strategic program in your organization to reflect the business change goal instead of the system name: Sales Force Effectiveness Project instead of Salesforce.com Implementation; Evidence-based Decision-making Initiative instead of Business Intelligence Implementation. The impact is surprisingly large. —┬áBusiness change methodology gaps | […]

That’s the just the way it’s done round here

Many of us hear this phrase in our workplace. When you hear it, what you’re really being told is that the company is afflicted with one or more of the following: is afraid of change not interested in improvement has a rigid top-down process development style doesn’t care what you think I think the greatest […]

Modern management theory, explained

Oh … now I get it, courtesy of Errol Morris, who made the Oscar winning documentary Fog Of War, among many other excellent films, who explains in this New York Times interview with David Dunning (part 1): DAVID DUNNING: Well, my specialty is decision-making. How well do people make the decisions they have to make […]