Monday, February 02, 2009

February 9, 2009 - "PRIDE"-PM INTRODUCTION


This is Part XXVIII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the underlying concepts and philosophies of "PRIDE"-Project Management (PM).

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NEXT UP: "PRIDE"-PM - Project Planning.

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...

"Manage from the bottom-up, not just from the top-down; this creates personal commitment and accountability."


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Not long ago I was asked by a young man about what he should be thinking about as he started his career in the business world. We talked about a lot of things, but more than anything I emphasized the need to network with his professional contemporaries. I recommended he join some industry groups, attend conferences, and basically start to interact with different people in his industry. But I tend to believe young people shy away from such personal interaction and instead prefer the anonymity of the various social networking facilities on the Internet, like Facebook, MySpace, and others. Most young people are familiar with these facilities from High School and College and use them to send messages, flirt, spread humor, rumors and spam, and harass people. You need not accurately identify yourself with such facilities, which means you can cause a great deal of trouble for others if you are so inclined.

There are also several social networking tools for professionals, such as LinkedIn, Plaxo, PerfectBusiness, ZoomInfo, and many others. They may not have the same robust facilities as found in Facebook and MySpace, nor the popularity, but they tend to attract the more serious minded person interested in their career and profession. People tend to more clearly identify themselves as well and, as such, there is less shenanigans associated with them. Nonetheless, anyone can register as a user and create false identities if they want to and abuse the system. Thanks to the cloak of anonymity as provided by the Internet, clods tend to disrupt the harmony of such Internet groups, thereby diminishing their usefulness. As an aside, I find it interesting that people will say things on the Internet they would never dare say to you face-to-face, which is why I no longer engage anyone on the Internet who doesn't properly identify themselves. No, I don't want to hear from anyone with a bogus handle for a name, particularly those based on some medieval nonsense. Like I said, clods.

These Internet services may be nice for sending messages and disseminating news, or for bringing people of common interests together, but they are certainly not a substitute for eye contact, a handshake, and the spoken word; they are most definitely not a substitute for personal interaction. As I have mentioned for quite some time, due to our heightened emphasis on technology I believe we are seeing a decline in the socialization skills of our young people. Instead of meeting and interacting with others, they are more inclined to hide behind a keyboard which I consider rather unfortunate. It's difficult, if not impossible, to get to know someone's interests, ethics, integrity, knowledge, and personal background by computer. To this end, I discussed with my young friend such things as how to properly do an introduction, how to make light conversation, how to develop contacts, how to dress for industry functions, even table manners and how to socially drink at such functions. Basically, I encouraged him to brush up on his people skills, not his computer skills.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "Our Sense of Humor":

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

"I agree. Comedy has deteriorated and often tears and bites at public figures and even God. The language is crude, disrespectful and even blasphemous. I have a good sense of humor, but some "comedy" just isn't funny. There are some comedians whose speech is so loaded with expletives that it's nearly all beeps on TV and too annoying to watch. When I do see an act that actually nothing objectional, I'm amazed...and amused. I like Jeff Dunham and his puppets, although I wouldn't recommend it for kids. Bob Hope was funny and the whole family could watch him and not be shocked."

I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "Guilty until proven Innocent":

An L.T. in Fall River, Massachusetts wrote...

"People who have a bit of power in their positions allow that power to rule them far too often. I have seen families pulled apart and ruined because a young social worker saw a chance to make a name for herself using the system and false accusations to guide them."

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Keep those cards and letters coming.

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