Monday, October 20, 2008

October 27, 2008


This is Part XIII 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 4-II of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Software Engineering.

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...

"Information is for people, not for the computer."


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The four day work week has been back in the news lately. I am hearing of a lot of companies in the Information Technology sector promoting the concept, whereby an employee works four days in the office and one at home or wherever he/she desires. The theory is to offer workers the freedom to work from home as opposed to the office which is commonly viewed as a pressure cooker. I never did buy into this concept and see it more as an excuse for employees to screw off. The only time I might accept it is when an employee is sick, particularly with an infectious disease, and it would serve the office better for that person to stay at home and not infect the other workers. Then again, we might get too many people calling in sick, but I digress.

The concept of telecommuting is an old one and something we would like to reward our more trusted employees with, but if you establish the precedent, others will claim unfair favoritism which may open Pandora's Box in terms of legal ramifications. To overcome this, you will have to demonstrate the trusted worker is more productive than others, and since there is typically no metrics in this regards, it is difficult to substantiate the claim.

The problem as I see the four day work week is one of perspective. Most of today's younger workers think in terms of hours worked, not what is produced during the period. This is a common flaw in today's work mentality regardless of your occupation. As any true manager will tell you, it's not the time you put in, it's the work product you put out. Today, workers are more inclined to watch the clock as opposed to what they are supposed to be producing.

Assuming we allow employees to work at home, how do we substantiate the employee has been working? Blind faith? For those I.T. workers who make extensive use of computers, some simple software can be devised to monitor computer activity and gather statistics; e.g., number of keystrokes/mouse clicks, execution of programs, idle time, swapper file activity, data transmission over the Internet, etc. When you compare such statistics between the home and the office, it would be relatively easy to determine who is really working at home and who is abusing the system.

In its purest form, I really don't have a problem with the concept of the four day work week, but it is ultimately based on worker trust, and I guess I have seen too many workers abuse a privilege like this over the years. As the old saying goes, "It's not what I know about dogs that makes me an expert, it's what I know about this dog that makes me an expert."

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "I am NOT a PC":

An M.W. in Kenneth City, Florida wrote...

"I tend to agree. While I use a Windows operating system, it doesn't give me any sense of identity. Microsoft is the only company that can announce that they are releasing a flawed OS and have people waiting up until midnight to buy it. I own my computer, it does not own me."

A C.S. in Palm Harbor, Florida wrote...

"I agree 100%. I'm not even PC. Maybe that is what they were shooting for."

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "Moral Decay":

An A.S. in New Orleans, Louisianna wrote...

"Another example of the erosion of responsibility is that people no longer associate working with a job. For some reason there is a disconnect where people expect a paycheck but do as little as possible, sometimes virtually nothing. It used to be when you went to work, you worked. Now time is spent doing personal business, surfing the net, or other things without a thought."

An R.C. in Scottville, Michigan wrote...

"At one time, a man's or woman's handshake meant more then a contract and that is how my papa did it his whole life. Honor and integarty were worth more then."

Again, thanks for your comments. For these and other comments, please visit my "Bryce is Right!" web site.

Keep those cards and letters coming.

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