Monday, December 29, 2008

January 5, 2009


This is Part XXIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 2, "Application Logical Data Base Design" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM).

The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE.

NEXT UP: Phase 3, "Enterprise Logical DB Design" of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM).

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...

"A data element has only one logical definition, but may be represented physically in many different ways."


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I think we're all familiar with the old saying, "Ignorance is bliss," but I seem to be running into this more frequently in a lot of small nonprofit organizations, such as youth sports, fraternal groups, homeowner associations, etc. I have had more than my fair share of experience with such groups over the years and I am always amazed at how incompetently they are run. People who get on the board of directors for nonprofit groups typically mean well, but most don't have a clue as to what is necessary to effectively run them.

Running a local nonprofit group is not exactly rocket science, but I'm amazed how many people make it overly complicated (does the expression, "Making mountains out of mole hills," mean anything to you?). Basically, you have a set of governing docs which you have to follow (which most people on the Board rarely read), you have to keep track of your membership, perform some service for them, and collect money and pay the bills. Hopefully, a rationally prepared budget is somewhere in all of this, but this is becoming as rare as having the organization's finances independently reviewed on an annual basis. But in a nutshell, that's all there is to it. Yet, time and again, I see people bumbling their way through nonprofit groups, causing more problems than they solve. So much so, that it is not uncommon for them to hire management companies to come in and run the administrative detail of the organization, for a tidy fee of course.

Nonprofit organizations are typically driven more by ego than common sense. It's sad when you see someone campaign for President more for the notoriety or power as opposed to performing anything useful. To me, this is just plain bizarre. I guess there are people who need some petty recognition, particularly if they never did anything in their professional lives.

Such organizations tend to be fraught with cronyism, a good ole boy club whereby you have to be anointed to become a member (if you play ball with the powers that be). The last thing they want is an outsider to come in and shake things up. By controlling the rules by which the game is played, the board pretty much has carte blanche to do what they want, and therein lies the problem. The board might be smug and content, but the institution itself begins to deteriorate from neglect. Where there is cronyism, there is incompetence, and where there is incompetence, there is decay. Whenever you see a nonprofit organization fail to adequately report to their constituency on its activities and status, or goes so far as to thwart criticism of the status quo, you see such a scenario.

Typically the only way to overcome a despot or like-minded board is to take over the board in force or by legal maneuvering. Then again, is the incoming board going to be any different than the outgoing board?

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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

A K.C. of Roswell, New Mexico wrote...

"He (Pres. Bush) has also sent alot of money to Africa for health issues that the U.N. refuses to do anything about. They just sit back and watch another horrific genocide."

A D.E. of Golden Hill, Maryland wrote...

"Basically a good re-cap, but my personal feelings are that for LBJ you actually listed two negatives as the 'Great Society' was just another step towards the Democrats push for socialism; as for 'George the First', his NAFTA was also a step towards socialism."

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

A K.P. of Minnesota wrote...

"I agree with you Tim that drives me crazy. Some people need to BATHE."

I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "What's wrong with a little discipline?":

A B.L. of New York wrote...

"Finally, common sense has come back to the classroom!!! We need more teachers and administrators like this. It seems kids today have no discipline at home and when that happens, it carries over in school and in public. They have no self-respect and show none to anyone else. If you say something to them about the way they act, you get a one finger salute. They know you can't do anything to them and they can get away with it. I used to get an "attitude adjustment" from Dad once a month whether I needed it or not. Great article!!!!"

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Keep those cards and letters coming.

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