Monday, October 06, 2008

October 13, 2008


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."


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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 "life coaching" which, as I gathered, offered the same type of advice a good parent, guidance counselor or mentor would.

I judged the speaker to be in his mid-to-late 30's and was very preppy in dress. He tried the usual speaker stunts to stimulate the audience, such as saying, "How many of you has had this happen to you? Can I see a show of hands?" He also passed out prizes if you answered a question correctly, which made people look like trained seals being rewarded for tooting the horn and clapping. In addition to his histrionics, he was an entertaining speaker and used a good multimedia presentation to support his points. After awhile though, it became apparent there was little substance in his presentation, but you were supposed to go away feeling good about yourself, the consultant's service, and a possible business relationship.

After the seminar I ran into a couple of the attendees outside in the parking lot and asked them what they took away from the pitch. They both replied, "Not much," but they sure felt good about themselves. (I even thought I heard them humming "Kumbaya" as they walked away).

I've always wondered how speakers who offered more baloney than a delicatessen survived, but I've got a feeling they do quite well for themselves. Frankly, I don't think people want to know the truth and would much rather be entertained. Truth is often sacrificed for panaceas which the public seems to thrive on. After all, why exercise and diet properly when a little pill will cause you to lose weight instead? It should come as no small wonder that a lot of snake-oil has been sold over the years. It seems the public will buy anything if we pitch it with slick talk and make people feel good about themselves. In other words, tell the audience what they want to hear, not what they need to know.

People tend to resent brutal frankness - it may be correct, it may be something that needs to be said despite the political ramifications involved, but people just plain and simply have a hard time dealing with reality and prefer living in a surrealistic comic book world instead.

Years ago we were contracted to study the problems of an information systems department for a large Midwest life insurance company. We studied the group carefully and impartially, gathered the facts, and presented our conclusions to the board of directors. We didn't sugarcoat anything and told the executives precisely what the problems were and how to rectify them. The executives went into a bit of a state of shock as they had previously believed everything was running smoothly in their systems department. It wasn't. They didn't exactly like what we had to tell them, but they listened and to their credit acted on the information. Despite this, we were never asked back due to the embarrassing snafus we uncovered.

The point is, you can only be conned if you allow yourself to be conned. "Feel Good" speakers may be entertaining, but beware of their facade and seek substance instead. Politicians are very hip to this and use "feel good" to maximum effect. But if the upcoming presidential elections are as important as everyone seems to think they are, we need more of a reality check than to just "feel good." But will the public listen? We'll find out in November. Probably not.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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

An L.T. in Fall River, Massachusetts wrote...

"I agree that technology should improve our lives, not make it more complicated. I was ashamed that I never learned how to program the VCR. I got over that. Now I do not know how to even turn the television off correctly, find the programs I like to watch or even memorize which station is which. We have not one but three remotes for our main television set and I am oblivious as to which one controls which function. The good news is since I can never quite figure out what station I want I now just leave the television off. Reading a book is easier, no buttons to push."

An S.G. in Mt. Vernon, Illinois wrote...

"You got up to FIVE stations? Wow. Lucky! We got the three networks, but with one or another never coming in very well - usually it was whichever one you wanted to watch. On really good days we could pull in the PBS station in a really grainy way. And that was with an antenna on a tower with a rotor to control it. You must have been a town kid."

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "The Attributes of a Tough Task Master":

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

"Your article this week really filled my tank and gave me energy. I can really relate to your article today. I just took on a new training consulting assignment and realized that I am filling the task of the 'poor slob'. Got a call on a Thursday, to be at a client's site on Friday morning. It seems they need someone that can prepare and deliver 70 hrs of training two weeks from now. However, all the students are non citizens, from India and are hard to communicate with. So guess who got the job to deliver for these people. Hopefully I can, but will see. It's crunch time, and gotta run. Great Article as always. Just me the 'poor slob', trying to save face for usual 'postpone, delay, and put off until its almost too late' to save face with the client and its customers."

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