Yearly Archives: 2005

Arms-Length Relationship

In business, you manager may want you to work closer with the Marketing department, possibly to find some synergies in your alignment opportunities. Don’t be nervous, it’s just business. It won’t be anything like that time in college when the Kappa Delta girls held a fundraiser and auctioned off their […]

Jabba the Hutt - Arms-Length Relationship

Town Hall meetings are just pep rallys for adults

Town Hall

In High School you used to have huge meetings where everyone would come and listen to the vice principal tell you how good the team is this year and how, after months of training camps and car washes, we will finally beat those dirty, cheating Jaguars and take State! Those […]


Hey, stuff happens, man. You can plan your strategic initiatives all you want, but sometimes it just happens anyway. It’s times like this that you want your systems to be laid back enough to take the bad with the good and not freak out about it when something gets tore […]

Xbox ring of death - no fault tolerance here

Stakeholder - Buffy the Vampire Slayer


As important as we may think we are, you and I are only the supporting characters in the prime-time sci-fi dramatic comedy we call The Office. We are there to help, but we really don’t have that big of impact on the plot, the budget or the special effects. Our […]

Team Effort

Anytime you get a group of people together to work cooperatively on a project you’ll have different personalities reacting to the situation in different ways. Working on a marketing strategy for a new product is no different than that group science project you did back in chemistry class your sophomore […]

Breakfast Club - a Team Effort

MacGyver repurposed a stick of chewing gum into a rocket


Let’s face it. People who waste our natural resources and don’t recycle suck. I firmly believe that everyone should do their part to save the environment. You probably hear Management talking about recycling as well, they just have a different name for it: repurposing. They don’t want you to toss […]


Sometimes you’ll get a request from your customers that sound completely silly. Although they pay the bills, there are some things that you can and should deny. Any request that will delay the go-live or alter the deliverables on a project go-forward, should be pushed back. This doesn’t mean you […]

Pushback - Knights of the conference table

Deliverables - one kryptonite rock to kill superman


Last week you were an entry-level computer programmer at Webco Industries bringing home a cool $143.80 a week. After getting busted by Ross The Boss for pilfering half-cents out of the payroll computers you are suddenly his denial-of-service expert. All he asks you to do is one simple thing: kill […]


It may be fun to skip ahead a few levels to see what is coming up, or start off with lots of resources if you don’t have time for a long campaign, but in real life nobody likes a cheater. Whether you are in a 16 player LAN game or […]

Compliance cheat codes

Processes by Boggart Snape


I solemnly swear that I am up to no good! Even the most naturally talented wizards and the brightest witches of their age must follow a strict set of prescribed procedures to get their spells to work properly. These processes can include the correct flick of the wand, the correct […]