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  • Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible

    04/18/2017 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 71 replies
    Michael O. Church ^ | 6/6/2015 | michaelochurch
    Agility is a good thing, no doubt, and the Agile Manifesto isn’t unreasonable. Compared to a straw-man practice called “Waterfall”, Agile is notably superior. Yet, so much of Agile as-practiced is deeply harmful, and I don’t really think that the Agile/Waterfall dichotomy is useful in the first place. There’s a variety of Agile, called Scrum, that I’ve seen actually kill a company. By “kill”, I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”. Rather, I mean that its stock dropped by almost 90 percent in less than two years.
  • So Many Problems to Solve (VA)...Trump Should Immediately Engage Some Management Consulting Firms

    11/11/2016 3:41:48 PM PST · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Self | November 11, 2016 | Stayfree
    Trump has so many problems to resolve that he should address very quickly, I think he should contact all of the major management consulting firms and tell them to draft proposals to evaluate each of them individually. For instance, have 3 of them draft a proposal to evaluate and make recommendations as to how to improve the VA. Have economists and the major tax accounting firms draft proposals on tax policy. Find management consulting firms who are qualified to draft proposals on immigration control and reform. You get the point...stop relying upon political strategists to determine policy (which is fraught...
  • FOX News Starting to Change?

    07/29/2016 1:29:34 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 101 replies
    July 29, 2016 | Vanity
    Now that FOX News is under a new, more liberal management, has it begun to show signs of a drift in reporting. For the second consecutive day, Carl Cameron has been far too critical of Donald Trump. DT said on one occasion that he didn't really know Putin. On another occasion DT said they met briefly in the 60 minutes green room. Cameron makes this a near scandal saying that it's a discrepancy that the Trump team simply must clarify. This is such a petty thing; I expect more from FOX News.
  • Hillary Clinton Will Do It Again

    06/28/2016 11:21:15 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 17 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/28/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Hillary Clinton will behave in the future like she behaved handling the attack at Benghazi. I have taught Leadership and Management to college students and Soldiers. I am aware of almost all theories and "laws" concerning Leadership and Management. I have found that there are two theories or "laws" that hold up every time in the real world. 1. The best predictor of future behavior from someone is their past behavior. 2. The Law Of Effect - You will generally receive more of the behavior that is rewarded and less of the behavior that is punished. Take a look at...
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz has introduced a Bill that would take away the law capacity of the BLM.

    03/25/2016 10:39:56 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 13 replies
    Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican from Utah, has introduced a Bill that would take the law enforcement capacity on public lands from the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service. This is a major win for US citizens if it does in fact pass. Many have been harassed and even lost their land to the Federal Government in land grabs and other abuses enforced by the BLM.
  • Trump Promises 'Great Management' -- No, We Need Limited Government

    01/23/2016 7:26:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2016 | Yuval Levin
    Donald Trump is no conservative. Now, That's not a crime, it's just a reason to vote against him. Many fine people are not conservatives. But the reason Trump's candidacy should worry conservatives runs much deeper than that: He poses a direct challenge to conservatism, because he embodies the empty promise of managerial leadership outside of politics. Trump's diagnoses of our key problems -- first and foremost, that America's elites are weak and unwilling to put the interests of Americans first -- have gained him a hearing from many on the right. But when he gestures toward prescriptions, Trump reveals that...
  • The Insiders: The Democrats’ doctrine of ‘government is the solution’ is in tatters

    07/15/2015 5:03:52 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 14 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7-14-2015 | Ed Rogers
    The Obama administration is a case study in mismanagement. Republican presidential candidates should remind voters that management matters. And it isn’t just about government process. People have lost faith in our politics and government. The next president needs to work tirelessly to restore voters’ faith in our government’s ability to function. What part of the federal government is working better than it did six years ago? The Democratic Party’s fundamental doctrine that “government is the solution” is in tatters. The failure to produce “shovel-ready” projects, the IRS targeting malfeasance, the calamity of the Obamacare roll-out, the bungling of the Fast...
  • Devastating photos of California show how bad the drought really is

    05/10/2015 7:41:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 111 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-7-15 | Erin Brodwin
    California just entered its fourth year in drought. Experts say it's the worst the state has seen in 1,200 years. Dwindling reservoirs, shrinking lakes, and dried-up farm fields are everywhere — and the drought shows no sign of stopping. The state's snowpack, which typically provides about a third of the water for its farms and residents, remains at its lowest level in history.
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • Employees sue company claiming they were forced to say “I love you”(it gets wielder)

    06/13/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/12/2014 | Yahoo
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former employees, against a Syosset, New York company claiming that workers were forced to participate in religious activities at work and fired if they refused. As reported by Reuters, United Health Programs of America and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, made employees pray, thank God for their jobs, and tell managers and colleagues, “I love you.” The practice followed a belief system called “Onionhead,” which was a doctrine created by the aunt of the company’s owner. The EEOC press release says other activities “…included...
  • Bosses Should Allow Workers to Take Naps, Proposes Sleep Expert

    06/06/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014
    A brain professor is taking the concept of flexible work hours to an absolutely new level. Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, has said that employees should be permitted to take short naps at work in order to boost their productivity, reports Daily Mail. Sleeping is vital for memory and learning, adds Professor Hugh Piggins, of Manchester University’s circadian neurobiology lab. The sleep experts revealed in their study that it is only after the Industrial Revolution that people have been obsessed with squeezing all their sleep requirement into one slot. However, they claim that afternoon...
  • Incompetence

    12/18/2013 9:41:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-17-13 | Peggy Noonan
    Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the...
  • Detroit vs. Houston: Laboratories for Liberalism, Conservatism

    07/29/2013 3:00:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 12 replies
    CFIF ^ | July 25 2013 | Timothy H. Lee
    Liberals incessantly claim fealty to “science,” while falsely caricaturing libertarians and conservatives as the ones stubbornly ideological and averse to real-world facts. Scientific method, however, involves objective observation and testing beliefs against results. In that vein, it is liberals who prove habitually impervious to facts and the disastrous real-world results of their philosophies. Take gun control as one recurring example. Liberals persist in their anti-Second Amendment crusade despite irrefutable data that America’s murder rate has been cut in half over the past three decades even while gun possession has reached record highs and firearms restrictions have drastically receded across America....
  • Manufacturers turn to 12-hour shifts, nontraditional scheduling

    07/05/2013 7:08:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-5-13 | Rick Barrett
    John Schoch has no regrets about dumping the five-day workweek in exchange for three 12-hour shifts, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and getting the equivalent of 40 hours of pay. Schoch, an employee of Milwaukee-based Oldenburg Group, spent 40 years on rotating shifts — days, afternoons, nights — at a paper mill before he found his sweet spot of working 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. That gives him four days off a week to go fishing, ride his motorcycle or tinker in the 20-by-58-foot garage he made from an old church building. "I can't find any downside to it,...
  • Aerial gunners kill 14 wolves in North Idaho

    02/23/2012 1:47:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | February 23, 2012 | Eric Barker
    Federal wildlife agents shot and killed 14 wolves from helicopters in Idaho’s remote Lolo Zone earlier this month. The three-day operation, aimed at reducing the number of wolves roaming the backcountry area where elk herds are struggling, was carried out in a partnership between the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Wildlife managers hope a sustained reduction in wolf numbers will allow the Lolo elk herd, which has been severely depressed since the mid 1990s, to rebound. “We’d like to see one of Idaho’s premier elk populations recover as much as possible,” said Jim...
  • Jury awards LAPD detectives $2.5 million

    10/29/2011 2:31:13 AM PDT · by Respond Code Three · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-6-11 | Joel Rubin
    A jury has awarded three veteran Los Angeles police detectives $2.5 million in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against their supervisors. The verdict, delivered Friday after only a few hours of deliberation, is the latest in a long string of costly lawsuits brought by LAPD officers against fellow cops and supervisors for retaliation, harassment and other workplace abuses.
  • SolarCity latest to see loan loss post Solyndra

    09/23/2011 5:16:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 23, 2011 | Nichola Groom and Timothy Gardner
    Solar panel installer SolarCity said on Friday it was the second company in as many days that will not get finalization of U.S. government loan aid by a September 30 deadline. The Department of Energy informed SolarCity of its inability to close the loan 48 hours ago, blaming increased paperwork resulting from a Congressional investigation into the Department of Energy's $535 million loan guarantee awarded to bankrupt solar company Solyndra, SolarCity said in a letter to the Republican lawmakers heading the probe.The DOE loan guarantee program, which is under fire for missing signs its first recipient of loan aid, Solyndra,...
  • (Vanity) Educators and Management by Exception (with a nod to Niels Bohr)

    09/11/2011 10:42:03 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-12-2011 | grey_whiskers
    There has been a good deal of hand-wringing over the state of our nation's schools -- whether at the elementary, the secondary, or the University level. And instead of a circular firing squad so beloved of the Republican Party, those closest to the situation are involved in an almost unfathomable degree of both psychological projection and transferrence, coupled with a goodly measure of 1984-style groupthink, in which they chant in unison, "You can't blame us!" In a limited sense, this is true: in the cloud-cuckoo land of government largesse and union employment, punching the clock, obeying the party line, and...
  • Happy Labor Day (sorta)

    09/02/2011 6:03:51 AM PDT · by cap10mike ^ | Michael Dorstewitz
    Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, who helps turn management’s vision into reality. In that spirit, I wish everyone a happy Labor Day. Well, almost everyone. Let me explain. For as long as I can remember, my father owned a small manufacturing company in southwest Michigan. He didn’t pay the highest wages in the area, but he treated each employee with respect, and these workers in turn gave Dad an honest day’s work. That mutual respect, combined with a unique bonus program that all his employees participated in, made for a steady workforce.
  • Why Amazon Can't Make A Kindle In the USA

    08/24/2011 10:45:19 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 74 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/17/2011 | Steve Denning
    How whole industries disappear Take the story of Dell Computer [DELL] and its Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. The story is told in the brilliant book by Clayton Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang, The Innovator’s Prescription : ASUSTeK started out making the simple circuit boards within a Dell computer. Then ASUSTeK came to Dell with an interesting value proposition: “We’ve been doing a good job making these little boards. Why don’t you let us make the motherboard for you? Circuit manufacturing isn’t your core competence anyway and we could do it for 20% less.” Dell accepted the proposal because from a...