Posts Tagged ‘BD00’

The Vertical And Horizontal Dimensions

April 27, 2014 2 comments

“A person is smart, people are stupid.” – Agent K (Men in Black)

I’m forever fascinated by how large groups of bright and well-meaning individuals often behave so dysfunctionally as a “whole“. How can that be? It’s because the individual “parts” of an organization don’t determine the behavior of the whole. It’s the part-to-part interactions enabled by, and (more importantly) disabled by, the structure of an organization that determines system behavior. By default, hierarchically structured orgs suppress collaborative communications in the horizontal dimension while catalyzing top down command and control communications in the vertical dimension.

Cmds And Silence

In the vertical dimension, the fact that bosses get to unconditionally decide on how to divvy out tasks and rewards to their “subordinates” below ensures that the dweebs in the lower tiers will do whatever the boss wants them to do with little, if any, frictional blowback. In the horizontal dimension, crucial information can be withheld and collaborative communication suppressed because of peer-to-peer competition for the limited number of coveted slots available upstairs in the ever narrowing pyramid.


January 21, 2014 Leave a comment
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Warts And Barnacles

December 31, 2013 4 comments

When I started this blog four years ago, I had to decide whether to publish as an anonymous coward or to use my real name. I struggled with the decision for a bit because I knew I was going to write frequently, real frequently, about dysfunctional management and institutional behaviors that I’ve both experienced and (even more so) read about over the years. In addition, since I’m a high energy, passionate animal who doesn’t hold much back and at times finds it hard to compromise, I knew that much of my content was going to be highly caustic and offensive.


Out of fear of repercussions, I decided to start writing incognito… until a dear friend brought up the perplexing issue again. After rethinking the situation, I resolved to let it all hang out. I gingerly hoisted my name up on my “About me” page.

Never say never, but I didn’t (and still don’t) care about climbing any corpo ladder or presenting the squeaky clean image that all main stream “leadership” books tout as necessary to “get ahead“. I have some hairy warts and barnacles growing on my brain and, hell, I choose to expose them.

BD00 Brain

So, if I don’t want to get ahead by movin’ on up, then WTF does BD00 want? I want to keep ruining drill bits while I blast away at the impenetrable bedrock that entombs the holy grail of effective software development. I like going deep, deep, deep down into the unexplored corners of programming (in C++, of course), design, architecture, requirements, and the squishy realm of team-based software development processes. These closely-coupled topics excite me because there seems to be no bottom, no final “truths“, no end to life-long learning in any of them. It’s what I was meant to do.


What were you meant to do?

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Happy Holidays!!!!!

December 25, 2013 2 comments

Someone Broke My Radar!

December 21, 2013 8 comments

D’oh! Someone broke my freakin’ radar! When I went to bed last night and glanced out my window, it was happily spinning away in my backyard diligently searching for airborne intruders. When I woke up, it was all in pieces.

After dragging the heap of parts into my garage, I snapped this pic of the atrocity:


Damn, I gotta find the culprit who did this. If you have any information regarding this grave injustice, either call 1-800-BD00 or post your evidence in the comments section. There’s a brand new T-shirt waiting in the wings for the person who provides the information that leads to the capture and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

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Ing-ing My Way Through Life

November 24, 2013 4 comments

My twitter bio reads: “Fumbling, bumbling, stumbling, exploring, discovering, and being. So many ings!“. As that “ing-ful” first sentence implies, I’m always poking around for new ideas and alternative ways of looking at various aspects of the world. To BD00, inging one’s way through life is a big part of really living life itself. Life is too short to stop inging. But hey, it’s just badass BD00’s opinion; it doesn’t have to be yours.

When I first discover some novel and interesting work from someone I never heard of before, my levels of excitement and curiosity rise. I then dive a little deeper into the work in an honest attempt at ferreting out and understanding the real foundational substance of the work. If (heaven forbid!) I judge a newly discovered work as “meh“, then I move my attention onward toward the next adventurous expedition. There’s no sense in wasting time on something that doesn’t tingle my nerve endings with new meaning. Again, life is too short, no?

If (heaven forbid!) I judge that a newly discovered work is “good” or “bad“, then I get hooked and my current mental models of the world get rattled to an extent proportional to the work’s influence over me. Hell, my mental model(s) may even move off their concrete foundations a bit. In the areas of systems thinking and institutional behaving, the brilliant works of people like Deming, Ackoff, Argyris, MacGregor, Livingston, Warfield, Powers, Starkermann, Forrester, Meadows, Bateson, and Wheatley have considerably shaped my foundational views.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve decided to share with you below the relatively benign (compared to this people-oriented, blasphemous model) state transition diagram model of what I suppose goes on inside BD00’s forever inging mind. As you can surmise, the external behaviors (speaking, writing) that I manifest while dwelling in the “sharing” state are bound to piss some people off. Also notice that, in homage to my man Shakespeare, I have inserted a “pausing” state in the model. It’s purpose, which doesn’t always get fulfilled, is to inhibit “the rush to judgment” malady that we all to some extent exhibit(?).

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful – George Box

What does your thinking model look like? I’m especially interested in hearing from those of you who “think” you have transcended the innate human trait of judging objects – the set of which includes people. What would a world without judging look like? Would it be worth striving toward a world without any judging at all? Is it realistic to think there can be a world where people only judge “non-people” objects? BD00 doesn’t “think” so. D’oh!


Movie Star!

November 23, 2013 2 comments

My Twitter best-buddy tweeted this to me last night:

BD00 Movie Tweet

Sure enough, Richard was right:

Movie Title

D’oh! The production was performed covertly; totally unauthorized and unapproved by BD00 himself. An outrage!

BD00 Unapproved

At first, BD00 considered inflicting his powerful law firm (Dewey, Cheetum, and Howe) upon the masterminds behind the flick. But upon further inspection, BD00 decided to keep the dogs caged. He discovered that the movie portrayed him as a gentle giant (think Shrek) with unparalleled leadership skills (think Gandhi) and an aura of self-confident invincibility (think 007). Think multiple inheritance:

BD00 Base Classes

Since: the director obviously hit the nail on the head; the special effects are state of the art; and the cinematography is stunning, there will be no messy lawsuit or accompanying media frenzy.

TD00 Movie Tweet

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Nice Hat!

November 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Checkout what BD00 wore for halloween this year:

Hospital Hat

It was fun being wheeled around the neighborhood in my fake hospital bed. I got tons o’ candy from many compassionate people. Plus, some kind soul set up a paypal account to help pay for my treatment. Contributions are streaming in from around the globe. W00t! and Ka-ching!!!!


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