Monday, November 17, 2008

November 24, 2008


This is Part XVII 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 8 of the "PRIDE"-Information Systems Engineering Methodology (ISEM), System Operation.

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...

"How a system is implemented is of little importance if it solves the problem effectively."


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I recently read the government is forcing the manufacturers of cough medicine to add a label on their bottles warning that it is not suitable for young children under the age of four. Common sense would suggest you shouldn't give an infant a strong cough suppressant with codeine, but I guess common sense is not very common these days and we now have to explicitly tell people what to do all of the time. I refer to this as the "Dumbing Down" of America whereby we have to apply labels to everything, "Don't touch this," "Don't do that," etc.

The first example of this that I can remember is when the government mandated tobacco companies in the 1960's to put a warning on cigarette packs, "Smoking may be hazardous to your health." I've been smoking cigars for forty years now and even as a youngster I knew the risks involved, but I guess some people need a neon sign to warn them.

We're starting to see more signs like this in restaurant menus, such as, "Consuming raw or undercooked animal foods, poultry, beef, pork, seafood, eggs, may present a health risk." Really? What a shocker. The only thing I might eat raw is sushi, and I can guarantee you I'll be looking to see it is well prepared. Now there is a movement coming out of New York City whereby the government wants restaurants to post the number of calories associated with each entree. The idea is to warn consumers they might become fat if they eat the wrong items. Do you mean to tell me there is someone out there who can't tell the difference between the nutritional value of a Big Mac and a salad?

Either we're getting progressively stupid, or this is some subliminal plot by label makers and government bureaucrats to justify their existence. Do we really need to tell adults not to stick their tongues on a frozen flagpole? In a way, this reminds me of comedian Bill Engvall's "Here's your sign" routine, whereby the obvious isn't always obvious to people. Maybe some people need to get their tongues stuck now and then before they wake up. And maybe they need to come to the realization that they are responsible for their own actions, not someone else. "Dumbing Down" may be a good legal cop-out for some, but I for one do not want to be accused of lacking simple common sense.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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

An N.K. in Palm Harbor wrote...

"Your essay on parenting was right on. I say 'ditto' on that whole piece!"

A D.T. in Raligh, North Carolina wrote...

"Spot On! Parents should NOT try to be their children's friend above all. "Helicopter parents" (in a perpetual state of "hover" around their progeny) are doing their children as much disservice as parents who let pop culture raise them and provide the basis for their moral compass and interpersonal skills. Be a parent - step up, take the stand and raise your children. Give them the latitude to learn their own lessons and get their bumps and bruises. Do NOT be afraid to be "the bad guy/gal" by taking a firm position counter to the unbridled impulses of your children. In society, do not be "shocked and alarmed" when a parent disciplines their children in public. While there is NEVER justification for a closed-hand-strike or beating a child, if a parent wants to give a spanking, that is their choice. Providing redirection, discussing one's feelings and "time out" does not work for every child in every situation. Bottom line: You can't respect someone who worships the ground you walk on."

I received the following e-mails from my "Pet Peeve" entitled, "Handling Failure":

An R.L. in Seattle, Washington wrote...

"How can there possibly be success without failure? Two sides of the same coin (trite, but true). very good article!"

A D.T. of Raleigh, North Carolina wrote...

"Again, spot-on. Our society has become extremely risk-averse. Blanket zero-tolerance policies are a cop-out for never having to exercise judgment. Individual responsibility is a shade so far in the rearview-mirror, it becomes indistinguishable from the bland scenery. We, collectively, have such distaste for "failure" that nobody tries anything that isn't guaranteed (most "guarantees" have "out-of-context exceptions" that produce their own failure cases, as we are NOT omnipotent beings!). As a society, and especially in business, we reward the expected (despite the low-hurdles involved), shun the chance-takers, and celebrate our own mediocrity. We deserve better."

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