Monday, January 12, 2009

January 19, 2009


This is Part XXV in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 4, "Enterprise Physical 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 5, "Application Physical 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...

"Whereas the logical Data Base will remain relatively static, the physical data base changes dynamically."


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I've read a lot of resumes in my day. Coming from the Information Technology sector I have seen some pretty crazy ones filled with a lot of gobbledygook involving technical acronyms and programming jargon. Here's an example, "Proficient in the following languages and operating platforms: C, C++, DOS, MVS, CICS, ISPF/VS, DB2, OS/2, OS/400, AIX, UNIX, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Basic, HTML, DHTML, XHTML, XML, PHP, PDP, JCL, SQL, George 3, Win95/98/Me/XP/VISTA, etc." Sounds pretty impressive doesn't it? The problem is verifying that the person does, in fact, know these things. Most of the time I've found they might have nothing more than a rudimentary knowledge of the subject which is why we recommend testing the applicant as opposed to just taking his/her word for it.

I also find it irritating when a person uses verbose language to describe himself. For example, whenever someone says they are a "Senior Software Engineer," this simply means he is nothing more than a programmer with two or more jobs under his belt. Some people add so many adjectives to describe their credentials and boast of their successes (not their failures) that you would think he is the second coming of Christ. Whenever I see this, I ask myself, "If this person is so great, why isn't he running his own company; why does he need a job from me?" Touting ones' successes is natural, but a little humility in the presentation of the resume would sure be refreshing.

I may not be an expert in preparing resumes, but I think the ones that appeal to me most are those that are simple and to the point. Frankly, if they cannot keep it to one page that isn't too busy looking, I think people will lose interest. I know I do. If I want additional detail, I'll ask for it. Tell me plain and simple: What are you interested in doing? What's your background? (your employment history) and What do you know? (your skill set). I don't want to know how you conquered neuro-electronic fusion systems based on a hashing algorithm you invented; do not try to baffle me with your brilliance. Just tell me how you can do a job for me and blend into the corporate culture. I think team accomplishments are still valued over individual achievement by most employers today.

Just remember if the person's resume seems too good to be true, in all likelihood it is.

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 "Trust":

An M.R. of Oregon wrote...

"I have been pondering such changes in society myself. Honor, handshakes, and promises just do not matter anymore. The John Waynes, Roy Rogers and the like, and what they stood for, no longer apply. Now the hero's are drug popping athletes, actors and musicians who drug overdose. Good is bad, bad is good and the bad guy is the hero in our movies....... Chaos."

A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote...

"This is so well expressed and on the money, Tim. "Once bitten; twice shy" is an old adage, but was seldom applied to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and government officials. With all the scams, spam, identity theft, internet hoaxes and computer viruses, it gets harder to trust anyone or to recognize a legitimate opportunity. I wonder how many of us have missed out on something good due to lack of trust. It is very hard to earn back trust once it has been lost. If a contractor cheats us, we can sue or simply not hire him again. When a family member violates our trust, it becomes much more serious. Wanting to love and trust family has to be tempered by a lock on the wallet and a healthy dose of skepticism. It can take as little as one minute to lose trust and a lifetime to regain it."

I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "Managing a Nonprofit Organization":

A D.T. of San Francisco, California wrote...

"Tim, I was expecting "peeves." Thanks for the useful, constructive comments. Being in California myself, I also would remind people to make sure they are in compliance with the appropriate laws and/or insurance needs, such as for liability, employment, and tax matters."

A G.W. of Miami, Florida wrote...

"One look at my bank account and you will see I have many years experience running a nonprofit venture."

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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