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March 30, 2009 - CONCLUDING COMMENTS ON "PRIDE"

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:58:00 +0000

MGMT VISIONS Internet Radio Show Click one below CONCLUDING COMMENTS ON "PRIDE" This podcast is Part XXXV of our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM and represents the concluding chapter of the series. Over the last 34 weeks I have patiently taken you through all aspects of the methodologies; from concepts and philosophies, to the actual steps necessary to execute "PRIDE." Obviously, a lot of thought has gone into the design and development of the methodologies over the years. Since the first parts of it were introduced in 1971, "PRIDE" has been challenged by our customers, competitors, and academia, This has forced us to refine the product in terms of clarifying the concepts and defining our terminology. After so much scrutiny, we believe it to be tried, proven, and intellectually honest. This is very important to us. But "PRIDE's" comprehensiveness is also its weakness as people lack the broader vision to comprehend the scope of the product and its integration. Some people are only concerned with nothing more than the programming phases of "PRIDE"-ISEM, others are only involved with the physical design phases of "PRIDE"-DBEM, and others for Project Management, and others for Business Systems Planning, etc., etc. Those people in the industry who have the ability to visualize the comprehensiveness of "PRIDE" are few and far between. Consequently, "PRIDE" has always been way ahead of its time; perhaps too far. As an example, years ago when we first introduced "PRIDE" in the early 1970's, people typically bought "PRIDE" for the wrong reasons; instead of its design and development concepts, they bought it primarily for Project Management purposes. This is analogous to installing a Production Control department in a manufacturing company without an Assembly Line. It is the Assembly Line that is more important, not Production Control. But here we are nearly 40 years lately, and the industry still believes it is a Project Management problem. Sad, very sad. This leads me to believe that the industry will never catch up with "PRIDE" and it will slowly be lost over time until another generation finally rediscovers it. Another reason why people resist "PRIDE" is because it imposes discipline on developers through standards, something I.T. people stubbornly resist like a wild horse to a bit. I have always found this interesting. In the past, programmers have criticized us for our attitudes towards systems people. What they never realized was that we were actually their best friend in the sense that we emphasized the need for the vital upfront work needed to properly specify the development of software. In a pristine "PRIDE" development environment, programmers are the true beneficiaries of the methodologies. Instead of getting specs on the back of envelopes or cocktail napkins, "PRIDE" stressed the need for upfront analysis. In the hands of strong management, we have seen "PRIDE" do wonderful things. For example, it was responsible for developing Japan's next generation of on-line banking systems, which, I might add had no problem whatsoever with the Y2K problem. It was also used by many Fortune 500 companies to engineer their core systems. But this was all a time when management could visualize the bigger picture. Since we opened our kimono in 2004, thousands of people have visited our "PRIDE" site and reviewed the methodologies. Hopefully, this helped the industry and someone, somewhere along the line learned something. The message of "PRIDE" was simple, "Shapeth Up and Getheth Thine Act Together." All it tried to do was bring order out of chaos. Yet, we found there are many people in the industry who thrive on chaos and, as such, have made the systems world much more complicated than it needs to be. "PRIDE" may be a considerable body of work, but when you think about it, the lessons inculcated were simple, e.g.; "A system is a product that can be engineered and manufactured like any other product"; "The only ways systems communicate is through shared data"; "Inf[...]



March 23, 2009 - "PRIDE" IMPLEMENTATION

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 14:10:00 +0000

"PRIDE" IMPLEMENTATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XXXIV in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe how to install/implement "PRIDE" in an organization. The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Concluding comments on "PRIDE" (the final chapter) If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "There is only one problem with common sense; it's not very common." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "JOB INTERVIEWS" Something that really irritates me in the corporate world today is how companies interview candidates for a job. Instead of having you describe who you are, what you've done in your professional life, and what skills you know, Human Resource types today ask questions like: "Where do you want to be five years from now?" "How do you handle pressure?" "How do you deal with conflict?" "Tell me something nobody knows about you." "Did you notice the receptionist outside had six fingers?" "What is your favorite color?" "If you were an animal, what would you be?" Instead of getting to the meat and potatoes of what the person knows, interviewers are asking pseudo-psychological questions aimed at examining the personality of the candidate. It kind of reminds me of the asinine question Barbara Walters asked of movie stars years ago, "If you were a tree, what kind would you be?" These questions are aimed at determining what your personality type is (such as A, B, C, D) and how you present yourself, e.g., how articulate you can present an argument, and how well you can fit in with the corporate culture. Instead of dancing around the issue, and using amateur psychological techniques, why don't they just ask for a psychological profile of the candidate instead, as prepared by accredited professionals? Somehow the interviewing questions asked today remind me of the neurotic Personnel Manager, Granville Sawyer, in the movie classic "Miracle on 34th Street." Another interviewing phenomenon I have trouble with is what is now called "speed interviewing," which I'm told is derived from “speed dating,” whereby a number of people are interviewed briefly in a rotational format. It kind of reminds me of how people audition for "American Idol" and some of the other entertainment contests. It might be nice for a first blush, but hardly a way of honestly getting to know someone. The last thing I think is lacking in interviewing is professional courtesy. It used to be if you sent in a job application, you would get a written note acknowledging the company received it and what they intended do with it, which perhaps was nothing. Further, after an interview, the candidate would be sent a letter thanking him/her for their time and let them know what their status was. But you don't see such letters anymore, not even in this age of e-mail. To me, this says a lot about the professionalism of the employer, which is probably not very good. [...]



March 16, 2009 - "PRIDE"-PM PROJECT CONTROL

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 13:49:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-PM - PROJECT CONTROL (SPECIAL) This is Part XXXIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe Project Control as defined by "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE" Implemantation. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Projects will only be completed if people want to complete them." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "FINDING A RECESSION-PROOF BUSINESS" Finding a business that can endure today's economic recession can be tricky. People are tightening their belts more today than in the past fifty years. We are seeing businesses close down, CEO's being replaced, and some rather substantial cost-cutting measures, including salaries and employment. So you have to ask yourself what companies are thriving? Which ones are going to make it and which ones won't? No, I am not an economist, but it has been my experience that whenever belt's are tightened, people start to think of themselves first and others second. In other words we start to focus on our basic human needs and worry less about luxury items. Let's consider the effect the recession is having in a few key human-centric areas: Food: Eating out at restaurants is diminishing, particularly the high priced establishments. In my area of Florida alone, over 35 restaurants have closed their doors recently. Not surprising, people are more inclined to cook at home, which means boom-times for value priced items. For example, I understand sales of Hormel's SPAM product are way up. With this in mind, I wonder when the Food Channel will replace some of their gourmet shows with a show featuring something like, "Cooking on a budget." Health: Drugs are still doing fine, but people are more inclined to buy generic as opposed to name brands. We will probably see a sharp decline in cosmetic or elective surgery, but we will still need to replace hips, hearts, knees, and other vital parts of our bodies. I have a friend who manufactures titanium hips and knees. He tells me business couldn't be better. Transportation: As we all know, new car sales are way down which means people are trying to extend the lives of their current vehicles. This means companies selling auto parts should be prospering, as well as independent mechanics offering competitive prices. The airlines will always be viewed as a necessary evil but for any of them to succeed, they have to streamline their operations. Communications: I think cell phones will hold steady, but look for people to change or eliminate their land lines. I have also seen a lot of people cut down on the pay channels on television, as well as their ISP connections. Housing: Like the automotive industry, sales have stagnated which means people are trying to make do with what they have. And like the automotive after-market, look for the sale of home improvement [...]



March 9, 2009 - "PRIDE"-PM PROJECT REPORTING

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:35:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-PM - PROJECT REPORTING (SPECIAL) This is Part XXXII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe Project Reporting as defined by "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-PM - Project Control. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Without an effective way to record and verify the use of time, all other project management activities are useless." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "OUR RIGHT TO FAIL" As a youngster, one of the things I learned early on was that winning and losing was a natural part of any game I played, be it baseball, football, hockey, Monopoly, cards, you name it. Somebody wins, somebody loses. Nobody likes to lose, but as I have written in the past, there is nothing to be ashamed of if you have tried your best, but still failed. In fact, I have more respect for the person who valiantly tried and lost, as opposed to the person who won by cutthroat tactics. The point is, failure is a natural part of life and an inherent property of evolution (see Charles Darwin). It is a strong message telling us that what we are doing is not working, and we can either learn from it and change or ignore it and perish. It's nice to have a safety net, but where would we be if nobody took a risk? Without failure, life stagnates. We cannot make progress if we are not allowed to fail. Entrepreneurs, adventurers, and other Type A personalities understand in any venture there is a certain element of risk, whereby they will either reap the rewards of success, or taste the agony of defeat. They weigh the risks carefully, then work overtime to assure success, but they clearly understand there is no such thing as a guarantee for success. There are people today who want to eliminate our right to fail, that nobody should experience the pain or embarrassment of defeat. This is why I have a problem with the bailout plans our government has devised for the banks, automotive industry, and other financial institutions. I contend the bailouts will only be a temporary fix, and the companies will not make the severe and necessary changes to survive in the years ahead. Only failure will cause them to make the required changes. To my way of thinking, the government bailout plans are only delaying the inevitable. All of the greed and corruption we allowed to creep into our business practices have finally come home to roost. Consequently, companies are no longer maintaining a competitive edge in business, and are losing money due to unscrupulous self-centered interests and just plain stupid business decisions. The companies are all sorry for the problem and promise to never allow it to happen again. Hell, an accused murderer or rapist couldn't say it any better. They all want redemption without having to worry about paying a penalty. I'm [...]



March 2, 2009 - "PRIDE"-PM PROJECT SCHEDULING

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:55:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-PM - PROJECT SCHEDULING (SPECIAL) This is Part XXXI in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe Project Scheduling as defined by "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-PM - Project Reporting. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Time lost is time lost forever; You cannot buy it back." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "CONSERVATIVE STEREOTYPES" Following the release of one of my more politically inclined columns, I was accused by a reader of being an ultra conservative. The reader based his comments on established stereotypes of conservatives which I personally find distasteful. Such images have become rather old and tiresome, but were still effective in last year's elections. These stereotypes were concocted by the Media over time and inevitably raise their ugly heads during election time. What concerns me though is these images are simply fallacious and aimed at misleading people away from the true issues at hand. Let me give you some prime examples of conservative stereotypes: CONSERVATIVES ARE PRO-BUSINESS, EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF SQUASHING ANYTHING THAT GETS IN THEIR WAY, INCLUDING THE LITTLE GUY. I think it is no secret that conservatives believe in the free enterprise system, the land of opportunity, and an honest day's wage for an honest day's work, but I do not believe they are as ruthless as they are portrayed. They are unapologetic capitalists who want less government control, not more. Conservatives tend to see government as the servant of the people, not the other way around. This drives anybody opposed to this way of thinking absolutely crazy, particularly socialists and communists. It's no small wonder that capitalists are portrayed as "fat-cats" who profit off the worker. The reality is that you will find just as many liberals in the board room as you will find conservatives. Further, anyone who has faced the realities and risks of starting up his/her own company, particularly a small business, is somewhat inclined to appreciate capitalist principles. CONSERVATIVES DO NOT SHARE AND WANT TO CREATE A MASTER/SLAVE CLASS SOCIETY. This is just plain bunk. First, greed knows no political ideologue. Second, we're back to the capitalist argument whereby conservatives appreciate hard work and reward accordingly. Look, it's simple, you cannot do everything yourself; you have to delegate, empower, and support your people, which includes compensating them accordingly. It's just plain smart business. And third, conservatives give generously of themselves for a wide variety of causes. Although they balk at turning their wallets completely over to the government, conservatives gladly lend a helping hand to those who truly need it. Liberals certainly do not hol[...]



February 23, 2009 - "PRIDE"-PM PROJECT ESTIMATING

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:19:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-PM - PROJECT ESTIMATING (SPECIAL) This is Part XXX in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe Project Estimating as defined by "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-PM - Project Scheduling. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Most estimating errors are errors of omission, not commission. It's what we forget to estimate that gets us in trouble." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "SURCHARGES" Last year when we were paying about $4.50 for a gallon of gasoline, you may remember companies started to add a surcharge to their bills. I saw it in our bills for garbage collection, pest control, irrigation maintenance, pool service, delivery men, etc. They did this to say they haven't raised the price of their service, which I can't believe anyone is stupid enough to believe, but you never know. I even saw a taxi with lettering on their doors stating they had the lowest fare rates in the town, but right below it they listed the surcharge to be added to the bill. Airlines have also gotten into the act and now have surcharges for checked baggage to offset fuel costs. This "a la carte" mentality is becoming more pervasive in business and instead of paying one simple fee you are now presented with a lengthy bill representing a hefty price tag. The telephone companies are good at this as well, as anyone who has had to read their voluminous bills can tell you. I really don't understand the psychology of surcharges. Proponents argue that consumers like to believe they are paying low prices and that a surcharge is not a permanent part of the bill, that it's only temporary and will be eliminated sometime in the near future. Right; and pigs will fly too. Now that fuel charges have radically declined, I don't see too many companies eliminating the surcharges. In fact, the price of fuel has reduced so much you would think we would be entitled to a rebate of some kind. Fat chance for that. The only time you see a surcharge removed is when a company finally announces a price increase. Something I learned a long time ago was that prices only go up; and rarely, if ever do they go down. Probably the best way to think of a surcharge is as a price increase in sheep's clothing. But for those companies who think they are being clever in trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public by using surcharges, please, don't insult our intelligence; an increase is an increase, I don't care what you call it. Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week. Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies. "BRYCE'S PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" Folks, a couple of years ago I started to include my "Pet Peeve of the Week" in these "Management Visions" p[...]



February 16, 2009 "PRIDE"-PM PROJECT PLANNING

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 14:53:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-PM - PROJECT PLANNING (SPECIAL) This is Part XXIX in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe Project Planning as defined by "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-PM - Project Estimating. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "You cannot put two quarts of liquid into a one quart bottle. If you try, you will lose a quart." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "CONSUMER CONFIDENCE" As we are now embroiled in a major economic recession, we are hearing a lot about plant closings, worker layoffs, restructuring of companies, tightening of credit, and government stimulus packages. But as you listen to the news and talking heads on television, everything seems to come back to "consumer confidence" or the lack thereof to purchase anything. It appears our disposable income has been disposed of. I don't hear anyone addressing this problem, so I'll take a shot at it. I may not be an economist, but as a businessman who has been around the block a few times, I would do the following: First, the consumer wants confidence that the companies they buy from will stand behind their products; that they will be there tomorrow. This means companies have to do some soul searching and manage themselves better. In other words, take out the bloated bureaucracies, eliminate the inflated salaries and greed, become more organized and systematic in their operations, and offer products at reduced, yet fair, prices. Companies also have to learn to adapt to the needs of the consumer, not the other way around. Perhaps the best example of this currently is the Hyundai Assurance program whereby the company advertises, "to show you the faith we have in you. Right now, finance or lease any new Hyundai, and if in the next year you lose your income, we'll let you return it." There are, of course, restrictions to avoid abuse, but it's a sharp idea and consumers are beginning to flock to them. It is time for companies to challenge the marketing status quo and, like Hyundai, devise new programs that will turn the heads of the consumer. Companies can ill-afford to conduct business as usual. Second, the government has a role here as well, but I balk at the stimulus package being proposed. People do not need pseudo "make work" jobs created by and for the government. Nor do we need more checks from the government which will primarily be used to pay off existing debts, not necessarily to purchase new goods. Instead, they want tax credits that support their way of life, like financing homes and sending kids to school. I realize such things already exist, but the government has to become more aggressive in such programs to allow the consumers to save a buck or tw[...]



February 9, 2009 - "PRIDE"-PM INTRODUCTION

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 16:24:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-PM - PROJECT MANAGEMENT - INTRODUCTION (SPECIAL) This is Part XXVIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the underlying concepts and philosophies of "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-PM - Project Planning. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Manage from the bottom-up, not just from the top-down; this creates personal commitment and accountability." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS" Not long ago I was asked by a young man about what he should be thinking about as he started his career in the business world. We talked about a lot of things, but more than anything I emphasized the need to network with his professional contemporaries. I recommended he join some industry groups, attend conferences, and basically start to interact with different people in his industry. But I tend to believe young people shy away from such personal interaction and instead prefer the anonymity of the various social networking facilities on the Internet, like Facebook, MySpace, and others. Most young people are familiar with these facilities from High School and College and use them to send messages, flirt, spread humor, rumors and spam, and harass people. You need not accurately identify yourself with such facilities, which means you can cause a great deal of trouble for others if you are so inclined. There are also several social networking tools for professionals, such as LinkedIn, Plaxo, PerfectBusiness, ZoomInfo, and many others. They may not have the same robust facilities as found in Facebook and MySpace, nor the popularity, but they tend to attract the more serious minded person interested in their career and profession. People tend to more clearly identify themselves as well and, as such, there is less shenanigans associated with them. Nonetheless, anyone can register as a user and create false identities if they want to and abuse the system. Thanks to the cloak of anonymity as provided by the Internet, clods tend to disrupt the harmony of such Internet groups, thereby diminishing their usefulness. As an aside, I find it interesting that people will say things on the Internet they would never dare say to you face-to-face, which is why I no longer engage anyone on the Internet who doesn't properly identify themselves. No, I don't want to hear from anyone with a bogus handle for a name, particularly those based on some medieval nonsense. Like I said, clods. These Internet services may be nice for sending messages and disseminating news, or for bringing people of common interests together, but they are certainly not a substitute for eye contact, a handshake, and the spoken wor[...]



February 2, 2009

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:52:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - PHASE 6 - DBEM EVALUATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XXVII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 6, "DBEM Evaluation" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Most organizations use a DBMS as nothing more than an elegant file access method. Consequently, the opportunity to share data and integrate systems is lost." eBOOK: THE BRYCE IS RIGHT Folks, be sure to check out our eBook on management entitled, "The Bryce is Right! Empowering Managers in today's Corporate Culture." This is a frank and candid description of the state of the art in management and includes essays on the problems in management today, along with some pragmatic advice on how to deal with them. Basically, this is a condensed course in management. As such, it is suited for managers, either those aspiring to become a manager or for those who need a refresher course. It will also be of interest to young people entering the work force, and is excellent for college curriculums. The price is just $20 plus tax. We have also produced a one-day training program of the same name. For more information on both the eBook and course, please visit our web site at: phmainstreet.com/mba While there, look for our MS PowerPoint presentation describing both the book and the training program. MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT" I was going to entitle this piece "Bureaucrats Gone Wild" as I wanted to draw attention to the government officials who go out of their way to make life a living Hell for us, but I already covered this in an earlier column (see "Bureaucrats"). It's not bad enough that government bureaucrats create their own little fiefdoms to express their self-importance, but it is how they try to play mind games with the taxpayer that disturbs me more, particularly young ones. Let me give you a couple of examples... I'm involved with a nonprofit group who owns and maintains their own building. Not surprising, they are subject to the same rules and government codes as everyone else, such as health, fire, and building inspections. For years, the group diligently maintained their building and conformed to ever-changing codes. However, one year they were visited by a young fire inspector who wrote up an extensive list of code violations. This came as a complete surprise to the group. Although a few of the items on the list were legitimate, there were others that could best be described as superfluous. Nonetheless, the group complied with the requests, at considerable expense, but are now leery of any more inspections by the young power-hungry bureaucrat. In another instance, I had a friend who did some minor work in South America. For some unknown reason, a young IRS agent targeted his company for an audit and, finding out about the South American connection, accused my friend's business of making millions of dollars in South America of which they owed considerable back taxes. Understandably, this shocked the company's management as they adamantly maintained their innocence. Nonetheless, the IRS agent asserted his contention thereby forcing the company to hire a team of accountants and lawyers to successfully refute the charges, also at considerable expense. In both examples, the bureaucrats considered the defendants guilty until proven innocent, not the other way around as we would normally expect. Reasoning with the young bureaucrats was out of the question, as they saw this as an[...]



January 26, 2009

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:56:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - PHASE 5 - APPLICATION PHYSICAL DB DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XXVI in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 5, "Application Physical Data Base Design" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 6, "DBEM Evaluation," the concluding phase of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "A Data Base should naturally evolve over time and synchronize with all Information Systems." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "PROCRASTINATION" I think we're all pretty much guilty of some form of procrastination during our lives. I know I am. The word itself comes from the Latin word "procrastinatus": pro- (forward) and crastinus (of tomorrow). We try to put something off as long as possible, hoping that it will go away, but it rarely ever does. We avoid it because procrastination means to do something considered painful to us, be it a hard decision or a difficult task. We often use the lame excuse that we don't have time to do something, but the reality is we plain and simply don't want to do it. I don't think anyone actually procrastinates over something they really want to do. So we should look upon procrastination as a sign of how a person really feels ab[...]



January 19, 2009

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:58:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - PHASE 4 - ENTERPRISE PHYSICAL DB DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XXV in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 4, "Enterprise Physical Data Base Design" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 5, "Application Physical DB Design" of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Whereas the logical Data Base will remain relatively static, the physical data base changes dynamically." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "RESUMES" I've read a lot of resumes in my day. Coming from the Information Technology sector I have seen some pretty crazy ones filled with a lot of gobbledygook involving technical acronyms and programming jargon. Here's an example, "Proficient in the following languages and operating platforms: C, C++, DOS, MVS, CICS, ISPF/VS, DB2, OS/2, OS/400, AIX, UNIX, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Basic, HTML, DHTML, XHTML, XML, PHP, PDP, JCL, SQL, George 3, Win95/98/Me/XP/VISTA, etc." Sounds pretty impressive doesn't it? The problem is verifying that the person does, in fact, know these things. Most of the time I've found they might have nothing more than a rudimentary knowledge of the subject which is why we recommend tes[...]



January 12, 2009

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 15:37:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - PHASE 3 - ENTERPRISE LOGICAL DB DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XXIV in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 3, "Enterprise Logical Data Base Design" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 4, "Enterprise Physical DB Design" of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Data Resource Management is a neutral third party who represents the enterprise's overall interests, not just a single application." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "MANAGING A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION" Recently I was adding up the number of Board of Directors I have served on over the years for nonprofit organizations. This includes computer societies, fraternal organizations, homeowner associations, even Little League. The number was close to 40 where I have served in some capacity or other, everything from president, to vice president, secretary, division director, finance chairman, publicity and public relations, newsletter editor, webmaster, even historian. In other words, I think I've learned a thing or two about nonprofit organizations over the years. One of the first things I learned early on is that unless you man[...]



January 5, 2009

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 13:16:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - PHASE 2 - APPLICATION LOGICAL DB DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XXIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 2, "Application Logical Data Base Design" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 3, "Enterprise Logical DB Design" of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "A data element has only one logical definition, but may be represented physically in many different ways." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "FINDING COMFORT IN INCOMPETENCE" I think we're all familiar with the old saying, "Ignorance is bliss," but I seem to be running into this more frequently in a lot of small nonprofit organizations, such as youth sports, fraternal groups, homeowner associations, etc. I have had more than my fair share of experience with such groups over the years and I am always amazed at how incompetently they are run. People who get on the board of directors for nonprofit groups typically mean well, but most don't have a clue as to what is necessary to effectively run them. Running a local nonprofit group is not exactly rocket science, but I'm amazed how many people make it over[...]



December 29, 2008

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:56:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - PHASE 1 - DATA BASE STUDY & EVALUATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XXII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 1, "Data Base Study & Evaluation" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 2, "Application Logical DB Design" of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Data is stored; Information is produced." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "WHAT'S WRONG WITH A LITTLE DISCIPLINE?" Caroline Haynes is my new hero. A lot of you may be saying "Who the heck is Caroline Haynes?", particularly those of you outside of the United Kingdom, but Ms. Haynes is a school principal who recently caught the attention of the press when she started to implement strict discipline in the classroom. I've never had the pleasure of actually meeting Ms. Haynes, but I have been doing a lot of reading about her recently. She is with the Tendring Technology College in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, UK, a secondary school which, when translated to the American equivalent, is a private school for children ages 11-19. What makes her story interesting is that she adopted a [...]



December 22, 2008

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 15:07:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - METHODOLOGY CONSTRUCTION/NAVIGATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XXI in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 1 - Data Base Study & Evaluation of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "There are those who suggest that data "belongs" to the various users or departments of a company. This is like saying money is the property of the sales or accounting departments, not the company. Data belongs to the enterprise as a whole and not to any single person or department." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "PRESIDENTIAL LEGACIES" We're coming down to the closing days of the Bush administration and I find it interesting how he has been portrayed as a political pariah. All presidents have some political baggage they have to take home with them as they leave office, but I find it interesting that the public tends to remember only the bad things and not the good things the President has done. To illustrate, consider the legacy of the last few presidents[...]



December 15, 2008

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 16:02:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-DBEM - CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XX in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Methodology Navigation to the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "A Data Base is all of the data needed to support the information requirements of an enterprise, regardless of where used or how stored. By this definition, all companies have a data base; some are managed, most are not." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "BREAKING THE MEDIA'S INFLUENCE" I guess it's no secret that the media is driven by money, particularly in an election year. Sure, their revenues from athletics and prime time shows are nice, but make no mistake, it is politics that fuels the fires of the media. Consider that in this year's presidential campaign, the Democrats and Republicans alone spent over $360 million on television advertising, and this does not include the Internet, radio, newspapers, handouts, billboards and signs. Although the final numbers ha[...]



December 8, 2008

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 13:58:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 9 - ISEM EVALUATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XIX in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Introduction to the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM). If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Systems do not have a 'life cycle.' They may go on forever if kept viable with change. The only thing that has a 'life cycle' is a project which has a beginning for planning, a middle for execution, and an end for review." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "ECONOMICS 101" There have been a variety of things blamed for the 2008 economic crunch, such as outsourcing work overseas, bad loan policies, the value of the dollar and oil, government regulation, corporate corruption, the stock markets, etc. My guess is that it's probably a lot simpler than all this, namely John Q. Public has forgotten about basic economics. Maybe it's time for a refresher course: First, don't spread yourself too thin. This means don't spend more than you have or ea[...]



December 1, 2008

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 13:54:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 8 - SYSTEM OPERATION (SPECIAL) This is Part XVIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 9 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), ISEM Evaluation. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Systems are built by evolution, not by revolution. The day a system is installed is the day it begins to undergo change." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "EXPANDING GOVERNMENT" Over the last 100 years the federal government has grown by leaps and bounds. The impetus for this is probably economic related (e.g., "The Great Depression," and today's world economy), and military related (including two world wars, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, numerous minor engagements, and the War on Terror). We also have several years of presidential campaigns heaped in where we were promised a lot more than two chickens in every pot or two cars in every garage. This has all changed the face of our government w[...]



November 24, 2008

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:29:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 7 - SUB-SYSTEM TEST (SPECIAL) This is Part XVII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 8 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), System Operation. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "How a system is implemented is of little importance if it solves the problem effectively." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "DUMBING DOWN" I recently read the government is forcing the manufacturers of cough medicine to add a label on their bottles warning that it is not suitable for young children under the age of four. Common sense would suggest you shouldn't give an infant a strong cough suppressant with codeine, but I guess common sense is not very common these days and we now have to explicitly tell people what to do all of the time. I refer to this as the "Dumbing Down" of America whereby we have to apply labels to everything, "Don't touch this," "Don't do [...]



November 17, 2008

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 13:44:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 6 - SOFTWARE TESTING (SPECIAL) This is Part XVI in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 7 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Sub-System Test. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Systems are designed by 'explosion' and implemented by 'implosion'." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "HANDLING FAILURE" Failure is something we don't handle very well as a species. You would think we would be better at it since we all experience some form of failure in our lives, from major blunders to minor snafus. We fail due to errors in judgment, unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, or perhaps we underestimated the amount of risk involved, or we were just plain wrong about something. We have all failed at something and I cannot imagine life without failure. Yet, we don't seem to know how to handle it with tact and dignity[...]



November 10, 2008

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 13:42:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 5 - SOFTWARE MANUFACTURING (SPECIAL) This is Part XV in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 6 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Software Testing. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Programming is a translation function, going from human understandable specifications to machine processable instructions." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "HABITS" I've been a baseball fan since I was a little kid. I followed the Yankees of the early 1960's, The Big Red Machine of the 1970's, and now the Tampa Bay Rays. The habits of the players have always fascinated me. For example, the Boston Red Sox all seem to have some sort of ritual they perform just before they get in the batter's box. David Ortiz ("Big Papi") spits into his batting gloves and claps his hands before grabbing the bat; Dustin Pe[...]



November 3, 2008

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 14:31:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 4-II - SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (SPECIAL) This is Part XIV in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 5 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Software Manufacturing. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... Good Systems Design + Good Programming = Great Systems Good Systems Design + Bad Programming = Good Systems Bad Systems Design + Good Programming = Bad Systems Bad Systems Design + Bad Programming = Chaos "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "FACING REALITY" Telling the truth has gotten me into a lot of trouble on more than one occasion over the years, both personally and professionally. So much so that I have come to the conclusion that people plain and simply don't want to know it. For starters, it's hard to know when someone is telling the truth. A lot depends on the integr[...]



October 27, 2008

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:10:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 4-I - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 4-II of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Software Engineering. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Information is for people, not for the computer." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "THE FOUR DAY WORK WEEK" The four day work week has been back in the news lately. I am hearing of a lot of companies in the Information Technology sector promoting the concept, whereby an employee works four days in the office and one at home or wherever he/she desires. The theory is to offer workers the freedom to work from home as opposed to the office which is commonly viewed as a pressure cooker. I never did buy into this concept and see it more as[...]



October 20, 2008

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:50:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 3 - SUB-SYSTEM DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 4-I of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Administrative Procedure Design. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Forgetting the human-being during design will cause the human-being to forget the system at time of startup; it will be DOA, Dead On Arrival." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "MORAL DECAY" I recently went out to dinner with a business friend who owns a medium sized manufacturing company with just over 50 employees. Over a couple of cocktails he started to express to me his frustration with his people. He claimed to pay them well, provides a comfortable work environment, and offers a respectable benefits package[...]



October 13, 2008

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 14:48:00 +0000

"PRIDE"-ISEM PHASE 2 - SYSTEM DESIGN (SPECIAL) This is Part XI in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of the concepts and philosophies used in the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM). The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE. NEXT UP: Phase 3 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Sub-System Design. If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Keep the faith! OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is... "Only when the Systems Engineer can walk in the moccasins of the user does the engineer have a right to design a system for the user." "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD" Friends, be sure to check out our book entitled, "MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD - A Handbook for Entering the Work Force" which is a survival guide for young people as they transition into adult life. Bonnie Wooding, the President of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said, "Many of our members are just starting their careers and I will be recommending that they read this book, especially Chapter 3, Professional Development - a primer for business skills and filled with basic common sense advice that is simple, easy to follow and extraordinarily practical; and Chapter 5, Do’s and Don’ts of the Workplace, an excellent resource for those questions you are too embarrassed to ask for fear of looking foolish." The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said, "the abundance of information the book provides is a good start for anyone about to take the first step into the real world. Though the concept of adulthood may seem intimidating, it's comforting to know that someone has at least written a guidebook for it." Reviewer Bill Petrey praised it by saying, "Every young person entering the workplace for the first time should be given a copy of this book." The book includes chapters to describe how a young person should organize themselves, how to adapt to the corporate culture, develop their career, and improve themselves professionally and socially. Basically, its 208 pages of good sound advice to jump start the young person into the work force. Corporate Human Resource departments will also find this book useful for setting new hires on the right track in their career. It not only reinforces the many formal rules as contained in corporate policy manuals, but also includes the subtle unwritten rules we must all observe while working with others. The book lists for $25 and can be ordered online through MBA or your local book store. Complementing the book is a one day seminar of the same name which can be purchased separately for $4,000.00 (U.S.) plus instructor travel expenses. For more information on both the book and the seminar, visit our corporate web site at: http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/morph.htm ISBN: 978-0-9786182-5-4 MY "PET PEEVE OF THE WEEK" IS "FEEL GOOD" TYPES I recently attended a management seminar in my neck of the woods. I don't want to mention any names here but the speaker represented a consortium of consultants who specialized in a variety of subjects, such as business process improvement, tax laws, planning, technical writing, etc. The person making the pitch specialized in[...]