management

“They’ve got the keys to the car and they can drive it”

Several years ago I stepped away from a consulting gig. I had an opportunity to continue the gig, but I didn’t enjoy it, and didn’t like the direction the project was headed in. This quote from this article about the Denver Post expresses how I feel very well:

“I have total disagreement with how they're managing the place, but I'm not going to stand up and be overly critical of them. They've got the keys to the car and they can drive it any way they want to. But they're not driving it in a way that I want to be a passenger of the car.”

(That reminds me of the old Alaska sled dog saying: “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.”)

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

You can’t always save the client

“When you can do nothing, what can you do?”

A Zen koan

As I’ve mentioned, you’re hired to be a consultant because you’re a problem-solver, so it really hurts when you can’t help a client. It’s a tough lesson, but it’s an important one:

Despite your best efforts,
you can’t always save the client.

How to convert a DRM-protected song to an MP3

I've never bought any DRM protected (digital rights management) music, so although it's a well-known fact among techies, I didn't know until recently that you can burn DRM songs to a standard CD. The implication here is that once you've burned the DRM-protected song to CD, you can then rip it back as an MP3 file, which is the part that blows me away. Not much protection there, other than "security through obscurity".