Monday, July 28, 2008

August 4, 2008


There seems to be general confusion in the industry regarding systems development; there is a plethera of vendors offering a wide variety of solutions many of which are complicated and somewhat esoteric. To overcome this confusion I am going to devote the next several braodcasts to the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. You have heard me talk on a variety of management and systems subjects in the past, now I will walk you through the mechanics of "PRIDE" and explain the rationale for its construction. These podcasts, therefore, will be real "keepers" and I encourage you to download and rename them accordingly.

It has been my observation that systems development has become an overtly complicated process and, frankly, it doesn't have to be that way. Although "PRIDE" is a substantial body of work, it is actually based on some rather simple and common sense concepts. The development of industrial-strength information systems, regardless of their size, doesn't need to be complicated. Hopefully, these tutorials on "PRIDE" will help show the way.

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Keep the faith!

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My wristwatch recently broke and I had it taken in for repair. At first I kind of felt like a dog who had lost his collar, like an important part of me was missing. But after awhile, I got used to it and felt somewhat unshackled. I think the last time I was without a watch was back when I was in high school. Surprisingly, I discovered I didn't miss the watch that much and may go on without wearing one. I have no problem knowing the time as I can find it just about everywhere, including my PC, in my automobiles, on television and radio, and general wall clocks. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices also maintain the time. So much so that young people imbued with the new technologies are less likely to wear a watch than their elders.

One of the reasons we wear wristwatches is as a status symbol, a sort of "coming of age" thing and is an expression of our personality. Gaudy and gold watches are worn by wannabe power brokers. Sleek watches are worn by people who want to appear hip and contemporary. The super-gadget watches are worn by the techno-geeks. And the basic sports watches are worn by the jocks and naturalists.

As watch wearing declines, watch makers are scrambling to make new models that will appeal to the younger generation and include such things as temperature readings, GPS, Internet access, multimedia or whatever. In a way, it will be reminiscent of Dick Tracy's 2-Way Wrist Radio/TV.

But I think the days of wristwatches as a status symbol are winding down. Young people do not seem to look upon the prestige of watches like my generation did or my predecessors. Basically, the watch has been replaced by the cell phone with its many different features, everything from simple phones to sophisticated devices that can be used for just about anything, e.g., camera, recording device, radio/television, dictation machine, etc. As for me, I'm waiting for a model that comes with either an electric razor or a phaser.

I see many friends and business contacts constantly trying to do one-upmanship over their cell phones. This doesn't impress me, but then again neither did an expensive watch. Nonetheless, the transfer of status from watches to cell phones is a phenomenon that should not go unnoticed, as it is marking the end of an era, the start of another, and a change in our culture.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "Roadside Memorials":

A J.D. in Tampa, Florida wrote...

"This has been a subject I've wanted to touch on, but always avoided it. I realize that everyone grieves differently, and I wouldn't want to impose on another's means of coping with a tragic loss. But it begs the question - is the person who died at the roadside also buried there, or are they interred in a more respectable place, like a cemetery? I'll take a wild stab and guess the latter. So this then has me asking, are there two memorial sites for the loved one? Is it necessary to have more than one? The other "precedent" for such things is seen at sites where tragedy strikes a large number of folks, like where planes crash, the Towers came down or the Arizona was sunk. But that's to honor the greater loss of all, not a singular death. One good "general" use of roadside memorials is that they bring about an awareness of the deadliness of driving, prompting us to be ever more vigilant behind the wheel. But I also happen to agree that they are distracting and in some cases, hazardous when overdone. And if it were to be done at every roadside point whenever someone died, well, given the sheer numbers of road fatalities, we'd likely have trouble seeing the signs we need to see amid all the memorials. I really have no answer to this, and I'm sure my "peeve" would be altered if someone close to me died tragically on the road."

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World":

An M.S. in Royal Oak, Michigan wrote...

"Go back in history. You will find depression, war and famine. Economic times change. In the case of the Stock Market, what goes down, must come up. We have had dictators and egomaniacs who as one poem puts in 'wade through slaughter to a throne and shut the gates of mercy on mankind.'"

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Keep those cards and letters coming.

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