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Why Ballmer Failed

August 25, 2013 1 Comment
Why Ballmer Failed

Derek Thompson over at the Atlantic has put together a very useful, brief article outlining what has happened at Microsoft under Steve Ballmer’s watch. Most significant is this graph:   That tells the story in a nutshell, but go read the whole article — it’s worth it.

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Fireflies, conveyor belts, and landfill

March 4, 2009 0 Comments
Fireflies, conveyor belts, and landfill

My newest Baseline column is up, and in it, I talk about technology lifecycles that can cause you grief: Each technology is on its own product lifecycle, which may or may not match with your organization’s business and development lifecycles. In particular, there are certain cycle mismatch patterns that commonly occur in organizations looking to […]

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Coping with the economic downturn

January 20, 2009 0 Comments
Coping with the economic downturn

[Cross-posted from brucefwebster.com] I’m currently writing a series of columns for Baseline on how to deal with frozen or reduced IT budgets due to the current economic troubles. Here are the first two columns: Performing IT Project Triage Pulling the Plug on IT Project Next up: how to deal with personnel issues.  ..bruce..

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Five books every IT manager should read…right now

November 20, 2008 0 Comments
Five books every IT manager should read…right now

My latest Baseline column  is up, and it talks about why you should read these five books now, if you haven’t already…and if you have read them, you should probably re-read them.  ..bruce..

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Hanging on to your IT staff

November 3, 2008 0 Comments
Hanging on to your IT staff

I’ve written previously about the “Dead Sea effect“, in which your best IT engineers and managers leave over time, leaving behind an IT staff that is slowly becoming less competent and effective. Obviously, to counteract the Dead Sea effect, you want to hold onto your best IT people. My two latest Baseline columns talk about […]

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