Trusted Software Delivery

February 5th, 2014

Trusted software delivery has two dimensions: High integrity intentions and competent execution.

  1. Higher integrity intentions (i.e., targets) are improved by quantifying value as well as cost in planning and scoping alternatives.
  2. Competence in execution is achieved through better steering and lean transformation. Measures of effectiveness quantify our intentions: plans, intermediate targets and scope.  Measures of efficiency quantify our execution: progress and quality of delivery.

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Intelligence and Stupidity are on the same scale.

October 16th, 2013

I have had a lifelong fascination with stupidity, much of it through self-reflection. Here are some early, scientific terms for levels of stupidity: Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy English

October 8th, 2013
English shining linens in eggshell sheen.

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I don’t disagree?

September 10th, 2013

There are many common double negatives that are proper English. However, there are positive ways to say exactly the same thing with no confusion. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Brain Teasers. Part 3.

August 27th, 2013

What is the next number in this series:

10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 24, 31, 100, ??

Best Brain Teasers. Part 2.

August 27th, 2013

To the nearest tenth of a percent, what percentage of positive integers have a “7” as at least one of the digits?

Best Brain Teasers. Part 1.

August 26th, 2013

Fred MacMurray is introduced to a man who claims to be a genius. He decides to test his claim. Fred says to the genius: “I am going to tell you some facts about my 3 sons and as soon as you knows their ages, stop me.” The genius says: “Sounds good. Go ahead.” Read the rest of this entry »

How many words contain all 5 vowels?

August 12th, 2013

In the early 1990s, I was obsessed with identifying English words that contained all five vowels. As I ran across them in newspapers, magazines, and books, I added them to a list. After the list reached 30 entries, I thought it would be fun to create a short piece of prose that included all these a-e-i-o-u words structured into meaningful sentences. I used this as a basis for a puzzle for my family and friends. And it entertained me for months.

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Pleonasms should be carefully scrutinized

August 1st, 2013

Pleonasms are expressions that exhibit self-contained redundancy. Here are a few common examples: best ever, close proximity, completely destroyed, end result, false pretenses, may possibly, natural instinct, proceed ahead, and etc. Note that “and etc.” is also a pleonasm.

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Amazing Word Trivia

July 23rd, 2013

Here are a few trivial facts about English words:

  1. The longest common word with all the letters in alphabetical order is almost. Isn’t it strange that the longest word with this characteristic is only six letters?
  2. The longest word you can make using only four different letters is senselessness.
  3. The longest common word with no vowels is rhythms.
  4. The longest consecutive alphabetical sequence that shows up in English words is only four letters long (RSTU, as in overstuff and understudy).
  5. Ough can be pronounced in many different ways, as in Scarborough (uh), cough (off), dough (oh), hiccough (up), bough (ow), rough (uff), thought (aw), and through (oo).
  6. The word therein contains 12 substrings that are also English words (the, there, he, her, here, herein, er, ere, re, rein, I, in).
  7. The first number spelled out that contains an A is one thousand.
  8. If you could make an infinite list of the whole numbers and arrange them alphabetically, the last number listed would be zero.

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