Articles By Robert Ford

Information technology: a comedy-free zone?

Information technology: a comedy-free zone?

I think I’ve lost my sense of humour. This is peculiar, considering I’m supposed to be writing the funny bit...

May 26th, 2005 Robert Ford
Define doubt, uncertainty for best project results

Define doubt, uncertainty for best project results

Recent experiences with project management led me to find new meaning in the following quotation by Vroomfondel, a minor philosopher...

April 28th, 2005 Robert Ford
What not to do when your customers are down

What not to do when your customers are down

IT consultants and contractors must be careful not to kick their clients when they’re down. The following real-life story involves...

March 17th, 2005 Robert Ford
Festive paranoia meets IT

Festive paranoia meets IT

By the time you read this, Christmas 2004 will be just a foggy memory and the local gyms will be...

February 3rd, 2005 Robert Ford
How to get out of that difficult priority log jam

How to get out of that difficult priority log jam

When there are more tasks due than there are people to do them, an old consultant trick is to put...

December 19th, 2004 Robert Ford
The reason some women aren

The reason some women aren

I discovered the real reason why women stay away from information technology as a career: computer retailing. It creates the...

November 11th, 2004 Robert Ford
The mysterious principles of process improvement explained

The mysterious principles of process improvement explained

“The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa.”...

October 14th, 2004 Robert Ford
Boosting your career with a little manipulation

Boosting your career with a little manipulation

It’s important for career development — and to maintain a position of authority — to utilize the techniques of passive...

August 19th, 2004 Robert Ford
Driving in the U.K. as simple as your PC

Driving in the U.K. as simple as your PC

“Too many roads in too small a space.” That’s what I was told when I finally arrived to my hotel...

July 8th, 2004 Robert Ford
Data protection and the pursuit of evil-doers

Data protection and the pursuit of evil-doers

Black comedy was perfected when George W. Bush began using the term "evil-doers" to refer to those who do nasty...

June 10th, 2004 Robert Ford