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August 18, 2008


This is Part III in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we provide a description of Phase 1 of the "PRIDE"-Enterprise Engineering Methodology (EEM).

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Keep the faith!

OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is...

"Organizations progress when the impact of good actions and decisions outweighs the impact of poor actions and decisions."


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I don't necessarily like to make a comparison of generations; every time I do, I'm accused of clinging to archaic ideas from a bygone era. Nonetheless, it seems a lot has changed in the work force since I got into it in the 1970's. Keep in mind, I've primarily been in the Information Technology (I.T.) field long before it was called that (it used to be "MIS" or "DP").

If I were to pick out one specific aspect to differentiate generations it would have to be that we think a lot smaller these days. Coming out of the 1960's we were taught to think big, to challenge the status quo, and "to boldly go where no man has gone before." We talked about racing the Russians to the moon, designing supersonic jet aircraft, saving the environment and civil rights, building skyscrapers, roads, bridges and tunnels that changed the face of the planet, and introduced computer technology to revolutionize business. But you don't hear such talk anymore. Now we're into smaller things, "gadgets," such as cell phones, games and other personal electronic devices. In the I.T. field, you no longer see companies trying to build enterprise-wide systems. Instead, they are delighted if they can write a single program in 30 days.

I'm not sure why this happened. I tend to believe we have gone from a generation of conceptualists to a generation of detailists. Whereas one group wanted to see the big picture, the other is focused on the job at hand, regardless how it interfaces with others. We have also gone from long term planning to instant gratification. I think long term planning is now down to 30 days or the next payroll cycle. Have we grown impatient for results? Definitely. We now expect and demand to communicate instantaneously around the world, to be up and walking shortly after a medical operation, and to have information and entertainment at our fingertips. The problem with this mindset though, there is the temptation to apply Band-Aids to quickly fix problems when major surgery is really needed. This is very prevalent in the I.T. field. I know we all like to be specialists, but we still need people who can orchestrate all of the elements together. Take cooking for example, do we still know how to prepare a full meal or do we settle for something frozen we can cook with the microwave?

Perhaps the reason we are enamored with thinking small is that it requires far less commitment and patience than to think big. Tackling an assignment that takes a few minutes is much more tempting than taking the long road. For example, "flipping" a house is a lot easier than building a new one.

I tend to believe it is more rewarding to see something long term come to fruition, be it an offspring, a portfolio, or a major project such as seeing a man land on the moon. This requires patience, vision, and a little confidence in what you are doing. I think we can thank the bean counters of the late 20th century for changing this mindset. Instead of long-term strategies and investing in people, we only looked at the bottom line and slashed everything that got in our way. Who knows, maybe it's just simple greed that drives us all.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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

An R.G. in Richmond, Kentucky wrote...

"I haven't worn a watch in four years, ever since the battery wound down on my last one. I never seem to have a problem knowing the time and acutally have a pretty good internal clock. I never did understand why people spent so much on Rolexes, etc."

And a T.F. in Arkansas wrote...

"I'm with you, Tim -- I'd rather have a watch than a fancy-schmancy cell phone. However, that phaser attachment would be way cool."

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "Auto Dealership Ads":

An M.B. in Clearwater, Florida wrote...

"I am one of those beeatches who insist on having the dealer advertising removed when I buy a car. They always look offended, but if they want the sale, they have to comply."

A B.D. of California wrote...

"I've often wondered if the children of those guys who do the car dealership radio commercials get the same tone when they bring home a poor report card or don't do their chores around the house. Can you imagine that? Crazy. If you're not easily offended by four letter words, there is a parody car dealer commercial on YouTube for a dealership called "Big Bill Hell's." Same loud-mouthed tone, only they sort of tell it like it is. Considered by many to be an internet "classic."

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Keep those cards and letters coming.

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