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Zero Experience


If you look at the “Categories” box on the right side of this blawg page, you’ll see that the number of posts categorized as “management” is much larger than any other category. However, except for 4 years of serving as a software “lead” on two different projects, BD00 has zero management experience over his un-illustrious career-end. Nada, zilch, the big goose egg.

So, you ask: “What gives BD00 the right to write about management practices and behaviors?” My good buddy and intellectual inferior, Mr. Albert Einstein, says it best in “Essays In Humanism“:

Many readers may ask: “What right has he to speak out about things which concern us alone, and which no newcomer should touch?” I do not think such a standpoint is justified. One who has grown up in an environment takes much for granted. On the other hand, one who has come to this country as a mature person may have a keen eye for everything peculiar and characteristic. I believe he should speak out freely on what he sees and feels, for by so doing he may perhaps prove himself useful.

Except for maybe the “mature” and  “…for by so doing he may perhaps prove himself useful” parts, that’s one of the reasons why I do it. Another is that I’d love to see the guild move much more quickly toward what Gary Hamel calls “Management 2.0” instead of languishing in its 2oth century, self-serving creation.

  1. October 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Same here! I’ve often thought somebody could easily and correctly pull me up on “having a go” at management when I’ve never done it myself.
    But I think being on the other end of management is also a qualification in itself.

    • October 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Yeah, the receiving end – which allows one to see patterns that the transmitting end may not (want to) see. Lots and lots of people have never been in a politician’s shoes, but it’s OK for them to critique dysfunctional political processes and behaviors. However, beware of criticizing the king, dictator, cabal, or junta in a non-democratic, asymmetric society :).

  2. October 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I think you have something in your hair :-)

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