Monday, November 03, 2008

November 10, 2008


This is Part XV 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 6 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), Software Testing.

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...

"Programming is a translation function, going from human understandable specifications to machine processable instructions."


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I've been a baseball fan since I was a little kid. I followed the Yankees of the early 1960's, The Big Red Machine of the 1970's, and now the Tampa Bay Rays. The habits of the players have always fascinated me. For example, the Boston Red Sox all seem to have some sort of ritual they perform just before they get in the batter's box. David Ortiz ("Big Papi") spits into his batting gloves and claps his hands before grabbing the bat; Dustin Pedroia clears his sinuses and carefully examines his bat, and; Kevin Youkilis holds the bat with his hands apart as he performs a strange rocking dance in the batter's box. The Sox are not alone in this regard; you can find a variety of strange habits in a ballpark, all the way from the Majors to Little League. A lot revolves around spitting, grabbing the crotch, and language. Wade Boggs was notorious for his pre-game rituals and how he steadfastly resisted any attempt to alter his regiment.

You have to wonder why habits play such a substantial role in the life of a ball player, and I think it says a lot about humans as creatures of habit. Some players say they do it as a form or discipline in order to get them in the right rhythm of the game, but most tend to be superstitious in nature; after all, what worked in one game, should hopefully work in another. Once a habit is formed, players tend to be afraid to change it. It thereby becomes the coach's job to look for superstitious habits in their players and change them if they become counterproductive.

Baseball fans also tend to pick up a variety of strange habits, such as wearing a favorite hat or shirt, drinking a certain beer, or offering some bizarre prayer or chant to solicit favoritism from the mythical baseball gods. They adamantly cling to these habits as a sign of good luck for their team, regardless of where they are, whether at the ballpark or in front of a television set. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that such rituals by the fans are sheer nonsense as it is up to the players on the field to win the game and not the histrionics of their fans. But if it adds to the baseball experience of the fans on the sidelines, then why not?

As we all know, baseball doesn't have a monopoly on habits. We find them in every sport, in every country. In fact, we find them in both our personal and professional lives. If you were to look around your office you could probably enumerate a substantial list of strange idiosyncrasies of your coworkers in no time at all.

In the workplace, it is the manager's duty to observe worker habits and make necessary corrections just as a baseball coach would. Whether you are in the ballpark or in the workplace, breaking a habit can be a lot harder than people think. Simple reasoning corrects most habits, but when a habit becomes physical, it becomes a lot harder and more painful to correct. In fact, changing habits can be downright difficult particularly for those people who operate in an autopilot mode through life. As a result, managers try threats, ridicule, shame, penalties, even hypnosis to enact change (I kind of like the cattle prod approach myself).

Some people are strong enough to correct a habit themselves if it is brought to their attention, but others will need help along the way which is where the manager comes in. But when studying worker habits, the first question should be, does it have an adverse affect on business? If it doesn't, you might just want to leave it alone. After all, I don't think anyone in Boston wants to change David Ortiz' habit of spitting and clapping his hands. Some habits you just might want to emulate.

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 "Matrimonial Territorialism":

An S.S. in Ankara, Turkey wrote...

"What is mine is her's and what is her's is her's alone." :)

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

"The laundry room Tim! You forgot about the laundry room! (Actually, no one is allowed to touch anything in the laundry room but Mom.) And don't forget we have a strict chores policy; outside chores = man duties, and inside chores = female duties. Unless, of course, one is willing to barter for an assist on "their" respective duty. :)"

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "Facing Reality":

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

"Loved this one. My husband's whole family were so self-deceptive, I had to imbibe pharmaceuticals to be able to stand being around them, even for a meal. (I have what the shrinks call an 'extreme realist personality type'). When you tell such self-deceptive people the truth, they kill the messenger. You can't win. There are two kinds of people, senders and receivers. I am a strong receiver and as a result, I have some 'abilities'. I can read senders, and can always tell when they are lying. If I concentrate, I can even read what the truth is that they are hiding. This had enabled me to tell my husband what was really going on in his family and give him a leg up, but in general, it has made me very disappointed with humanity. They lie, lie, lie, often times over stupid little things that there is no need to lie about. I never called my husband's family on their lies; I just went home and told him what really happened in a given situation, as opposed to the version he was being fed. I now wish I had repeated to their faces word for word the thoughts I pulled out of their minds. I would have enjoyed the look of panic on their faces at being uncovered. Back then, I was too kind to do it, figuring that liars are generally weak people who need their self-deception to make it through the day, but in light of what they later did to my husband, I regret that. See, I'm so honest, I'll even admit to being vindictive, LOL."

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