Posts Tagged 'rules'

Aug 222007

Cutter Fellow Steve Andriole is at it again! He’s come up with a list of the top ten things he’d say to “management” about technology. I’ll just post three of his items here for you to react to, but do read his entire list in this week’s Business Technology Trends & Impacts E-Mail Advisor. 4. Please stop making exceptions to the governance process. If you want to save money and keep us agile, then do not allow all the flowers to bloom; instead, publish the standards and then stick with them. Every time you let someone off the hook, you make our life more complicated — and expensive. 6. Please make us account for our Read more

What are the Rules?

 Posted by on Jul 24, 2007  6 Responses »
Jul 242007

Cutter Fellow Steve Andriole has stirred up a storm of controversy with his latest Business Technology Trends E-Mail Advisor! What’s your take on his 10 rules? I’ve posted the Advisor below. Do you agree with Steve? Do you disagree? Let us know what you think and what your rules would be! 10 New Rules Here are 10 rules I’d like to propose we all follow, starting immediately: CIOs should come from the business, not the technology ranks: technology-rooted CIOs will never really understand the importance of business as the technology driver. When prospective CIOs start talking about network latency and virtualization, it’s time to get the hook out; go with the professional talking about up-selling Read more

The trouble with nerds

 Posted by on Jun 12, 2007  1 Response »
Jun 122007

Have you read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s best-selling book “The Black Swan” yet? Like his first, “Fooled by Randomness”, it’s a terrific read – although lots of critics are hammering him for arrogance and self-indulgence, both in the media and on Amazon. Taleb is smart, self-made, opinionated, and a maverick. His main thesis is that human beings are fatally over-inclined to see patterns and “stories” where there are none. One of these patterns is the bell curve, to which he says statisticians, economists, and all sorts of clever people are unduly attached. Most often, when something important happens, nobody predicted it. Like the crash of 2000, or the sudden rise of Java. Or the Web. The Read more