OWE (Out-of-Warranty Employee)

October 17th, 2015

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In addition to hardware and software an employer needs to keep an eye on its wetware warranty either by upgrading (for example, with shares and perks) or making it replaced with the new working units. We welcome the former and oppose the latter.

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ERRoR (Employee Record Repository of Reports) 1

October 16th, 2015

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We introduce Guinness World Records analog for the corporate world. It is called ERRoR. Employee Record Repository of Reports or Employee Report Repository of Records. Here a record is not a database record but an achievement record. The idea came to us when we got a report about an employee who didn’t complain about office space for 42 years. Due to nature of the corporate world and accompanied NDAs we have to make records anonymous upon the report.

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Thermodynamics of Career (Part 1)

October 3rd, 2015

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The recent post about becoming-a-manager from Michael O. Church led us to introduce the notion of “Career Thermodynamics” using physical thermodynamics as a metaphor. For example, the local concentration of some features becomes equalized with the system when an individual is put on a career path and the system does some work on that individual. More on that in the following parts.

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Fichte at Work (Part 1)

June 22nd, 2015

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We continue our series “Philosophers at Work” where we explore philosophical thought in the context of job. The previous post was about Heidegger. Here we provide an interpretation of what is usually called Hegelian dialectic but was introduced by Fichte: thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. In the context of job sequences we have: employment, unemployment, and employment again. The second employment here is a double negation of the first employment, and so on up the ladder to the absolute job.

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We’ve got a reference

February 28th, 2015

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We are happy to see our book referenced in the article Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Rational Manager: Organizational reason and its discontents:

“Dmitry Vostokov (2010) called up the very notion of a reductionist manager to present the lessons he believes software design theory and practice can bring to understanding managerial problems.”

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Man Agement Aphorisms (Part 10)

February 14th, 2015

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“The best products of a company are its people.”

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The Simplest Presentation Explained

November 30th, 2014

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We created the simplest presentation. You can download it from here: TheSimplestPresentation.pdf

Here’s slide-by-slide analysis for busy or download-averse readers.

The zero slide names the presentation and its presenter. It also provides contact information.

The first slide paints the black picture. The problem.

The second slide paints the white picture. The solution.

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Science Fiction and Management (Part 2)

November 12th, 2014

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The next recommended short SF story is “The Best We Can” (by Carrie Vaughn). Management disaster when an alien artifact is discovered in the Solar system. Poignant tale of fighting ideas and aspirations without management support. I imagine a continuation of that story: the alien artifact leaves the Solar system while management spends years in meetings. Once a civilization encounter is missed.

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Science Fiction and Management (Part 1)

November 4th, 2014

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Recently read a short SF story “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” (by Eileen Gunn). The narrative is set in the future where corporations use bioengineering to evolve employees into useful corporate organisms, such as insects. Actually some employees subscribe to evolutionary modifications to get ahead in their careers.

Now, when I’m reading SF novels or stories, I pay attention to management issues and come back with more parts and recommendations for this topic.

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Another Meaning of ROFL

October 30th, 2014

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For some it is ROFL, but for some it is “Redundancies On the Floor, Laying”.

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