Category Archives: Management Thoughts

Under Preparation for Job Interviews

“If they don’t like me for who I am, then I don’t want to work for them either,” said the job applicant. Seriously? Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.– Theodore … Continue reading

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Indentured Servitude

Why would anyone in modern high-tech society even consider to be the employment side of indentured servitude? For money, power, and greed, of course. Over a dinner conversation, I learned, first-handedly, that a company just erected a policy that they … Continue reading

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Managing Creativity

As I mature into management, I read less and less books about them. Most discuss a vigorous process which requires a transformation of the whole company. I don’t know any CEO who has such conviction; I am not one anyway. … Continue reading

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Development Methodologies

Modern software is a very unique art form that is similar to creative writing, yet different in scale, volume, and the number of people that must work together to produce it. Imagine a fiction 100 times larger than the encyclopedia … Continue reading

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A Chef’s Decision

There are many ways for restaurants to succeed, having a good chef is not really a necessity. The point is serving a well defined clientele what they want at a profit margin. In some cases, the restauranteur will be wise … Continue reading

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(Pretend to) Learn Cooking

Among corporate team building themes, cooking is a popular one: everyone must eat (and drink) anyway, the skills involved are manageable, everyone can contribute and must collaborate, and it is not really work related. There are also many professionally trained … Continue reading

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The Lenovo Screw-up

Someone recommended “Losing the Signal” for me to read. Put simply, it chronicled the Blackberry screw-up. I am witnessing the same for Lenovo now. It has been the workhorse laptop of corporations for decades. IBM made the most reliable and … Continue reading

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The Cost of Knowing

You came down with a headache and a fever. You took a couple of Tylenol, drank a big glass of water, went to bed, and the headache and fever were gone when you woke up. Are we done? Some have … Continue reading

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Musician and Butcher

He loves music since childhood. He went through vigorous trainings and entered a renowned music academia. Upon graduation, as life had it, he became a butcher. Decades ensued. Now he is a middle-aged and successful butcher. He has a happy … Continue reading

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How to do Beta?

To have high enough confidence that the product will be good enough. When company thinks they are done with the development of a new product, be it a new car, kitchen detergent, lipstick, or a piece of software. They would … Continue reading

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