Monday, September 29, 2008

October 6, 2008


This is Part X 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 2 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), 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...

"If an information requirement is stated incorrectly at the beginning, then everything that follows will be incorrect."


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The Miami Hurricane recently reviewed it (10/22/2007) and said,

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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:
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I think the expression "Task Master" has become passé in today's workplace but I'm not too sure what has replaced it, perhaps "Micromanager" or simply a "Pain in the Ass." Basically, it's referring to someone charged with performing a task through to completion and moves heaven and earth to get the job done. I've met a lot of tough Task Masters over the years, and I have found there are essentially two types: the megalomaniac, and the "poor slob" who has had an assignment dropped in his lap and realizes failure is not an option.

There are several attributes which the two types share: they are disciplined, results oriented, resourceful, and know how to communicate effectively. In terms of discipline they tend to be very organized and methodical in how an assignment is to be performed and will not tolerate any variance. They are resourceful in terms of not allowing obstacles to interfere with an assignment and know how to overcome any hiccup along the way. In fact, they show great creativity in this regards. They also understand the importance of communicating with all parties involved with the assignment. But the last attribute, which is perhaps the most critical, is they are both very determined to succeed, one because he has to and one because he simply wants to.

The key difference between the two types lies in their interpersonal relations with their subordinates. The megalomaniac relishes the job as it represents power and control. He demands blind obedience and is often fond of saying, "If I say jump, you say how high?" In other words, he sees workers more as machines as opposed to human beings, objects which he can manage by pushbutton, an approach which is loathed by his workers. Consequently, he doesn't command loyalty or respect and desertions are commonplace.

The poor slob, on the other hand, stresses the importance of the assignment to his people, he runs interference to expedite problems for them, and is concerned with his subordinate's welfare. This is the antithesis of the megalomaniac who maintains an almost adversarial relationship with his workers. His approach to management is simply to dominate through intimidation, thereby bullying people to complete the task. In contrast, the poor slob seeks cooperation through teamwork and builds a network of interdependencies whereby the members realize they will either sink or swim together.

To use a football metaphor, the Task Master is the quarterback on the field calling his own plays. Depending on what type he is though, the players will either respect and earnestly work for him or they'll go out of their way to allow him to fumble away the game. In the end, it all comes down to interpersonal relations.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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Folks, a couple of years ago I started to include my "Pet Peeve of the Week" in these "Management Visions" podcasts. They have become so popular that I now syndicate them through the Internet and they are available for republication in other media. To this end, I have created a separate web page for my writings which you can find at Look for the section, "The Bryce is Right!" Hope you enjoy them.

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

A B.D. in Scottsdale, Arizona wrote...

"Well said, sir. At one point, I was in life insurance sales. Visiting the elderly and attempting to sell them on why a Medicare supplement from my company was better than what they already had, I left an appointment one morning with the realization that I was halfway between a lawyer and a car salesman. I left the company soon after. It's a shame that the ambulance chasers and divorce lawyers do so much damage to the profession. Attorneys can and do serve the public good every day. Perhaps the "good" lawyers should file a class action suit against any lawyers engaging in Green and Fazio-esque shenanigans."

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "Going it Alone?":

A K.N. in Sunny. California wrote...

"My husband and I would go on completely different paths on this one and we have. He doesn't have the stomach for risk so he's gone with the large company. Dependable, you're pretty sure they'll be there tomorrow. Where as I am the risk taking free spirit. Of course my husband's dependability affords me this luxury. But the two have given us a good we're both happy with and success we may not otherwise have enjoyed."

A C.N. in Dallas, Texas wrote...

"I have the best of both worlds. I work at a small company who is a branch of a huge company."

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Keep those cards and letters coming.

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