I think the mood of the electorate in 2016 is best summed up by a phenomenon we affectionately call the C-student’s revenge. This is a snarky way of describing government incompetence. The supply of A-students and B-students largely moves to the more attractive demand in private industry where creativity and meritocracy are valued. The supply of C-students largely fills the demand of government roles where power resides.
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After a few months of election season and the first Republican debate, I think we are in for some fascinating months of political theater. Here are a few of my observations: (more…)
About 40 years ago, I worked at an engineering firm called TRW. I was just transferred to a new project known as Project 2454 and assigned to help build the user interface to some laser control system. The very first document that I was given was a half-inch thick specification that described what the system was supposed to do. I studied it for a few hours before I looked at the cover to see who the authors were. This specification was written and signed on the front by three guys: Ray Delong, Maximilian Whang and Demar Balls.
Lean adoption can be planned with four loosely coupled adoption paths: Steer, Develop, Deploy and Operate. In the figure, the gray left hand column represents a stark description of the typical status quo. These are the predominant root causes of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in most organizations. The middle column represents the primary transformation in each adoption path with a differentiating theme of lean adoption: (more…)
We have seen a lot of whitewash about what the DevOps buzzword means. Some of it was our own and after a year or two of hype cycle messaging, it is time to refactor. Consequently, we at IBM undertook an effort to create a more meaningful vision.
Brown-nosing is commonplace in hierarchical organizations. It is also known as ass-kissing, throne sniffing, and sucking up. Here is a proper definition: (more…)
In 2013, I am going to diversify my blog and publish roughly 2 posts each week. One post each week will be dedicated to technical perspectives on improving software economics. The other post will deal with non-technical topics around communicating with clarity, leadership and building high trust teams.
I didn’t sleep too well last night. Up and restless thinking about how my perception of our government and electorate could be so different than reality. No sure if I will ever figure that out but here are a few things that went through my mind. (more…)
I am a political junkie. It is the one sport I follow closely. Privately, among my virtual Facebook friends, as well as my real friends and family, I have been making an election prediction for months. My forecast is that Governor Romney will win and by a pretty healthy margin. A forecast isn’t worth much unless you stand behind it. So posting this blog is my way of putting my forecast on the record.
Selling is persuading someone to buy something. The something may be a product, a service, an agreement, an exchange, a plea, an observation, or a story. You may simply be trying to persuade someone to believe you, or you may be asking them to exchange a wad of money for a product or service. You want, and sometimes need, to be persuasive. What does this take?