Tag: Bureaucracy

My Next Speaking Gig

My Next Speaking Gig

I just got back Thursday night from my appearance at the AtTask Work Managment Summit 2011 (WorkOut2011).  I had an amazing time. I had an opportunity to be on a panel and be part of one of the Keynotes (YouTube videos are coming).  But, the post about the AtTask conference is still to come.  Until…

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2011 Resolutions WIP

2011 Resolutions WIP

Last night I submitted my speaking proposal for the Great Lakes Software Excellence 2011 conference.  The title of my talk is Breaking the Law of Bureaucracy. A little back-story:  One of my “Epic” stories (Resolutions) for 2011 was: As an agile proponent, I want to articulate the values, principles, and methods of the agile community to the traditional project…

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Practical Wisdom of Agile

Practical Wisdom of Agile

What is practical wisdom? Have the moral will to make right by people. Have the moral skill to figure out what doing right means. Aristotle distinguished between two intellectual virtues (1): [1] The ability to think well about the nature of the world, to discern why the world is the way it is; it involves…

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The Larger Goal

The Larger Goal

One of the things I find really interesting, when working within different organizations, is how everyone feels they are the true center of the universe.  If they are in Security, they see things one way.  If they are in Program Control, they see it another.  Regardless of the silo, plug in the functional area name…

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The Iron Law of Bureaucracy versus ICAgile

The Iron Law of Bureaucracy versus ICAgile

I was listening to This Week in Tech #264  and one of the guests was Jerry Pournelle. Though it’s not necessary to go into the details of the NetCast, Jerry said something that had me scrambling for the rewind button.  He referred to his Iron Law of Bureaucracy. (Jerry) Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states…

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Creating Unnecessary Bureaucracy

Creating Unnecessary Bureaucracy

I’ve rewritten this post several times now.  The catalyst for this toned-down rant was the company-wide distribution of a new dress code policy.  As background to this story, I was hired by a small business to support a Federal Government contract.  If you want bureaucracy, the Federal Government is certainly where you’ll find it.  Where…

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