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David Schmaltz
David Schmaltz
Author of Mastering Projects Workshop, The Blind Men and the Elephant, Mastering Project Work (Berrett-Koehler 2003).

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Nov. 13, 2010 10:23 am
Small Fraud “Fraud is the homage that force pays to reason.” Charles Curtis My client asked me to fill out a simple form. “Just enter the number of hours and your hourly rate, making sure that their product equals what we’ve agreed to pay you. And make sure that your hourly rate is realistic, because when we execute the full contract, we’ll want client references to verify that you’ve...  Read More
Aug. 11, 2010 2:19 pm
The Five Asses An assonant assortment of astonishing assertions, assumed to assist any assembly assignment. I was chatting with a colleague who assembles stuff in a small manufacturing company. He reported that the place had just hired a new Global VP, recruited from the semiconductor industry. As new VPs inevitably do, he’d given a rousing introductory speech in an all-hands...  Read More
Apr. 15, 2010 1:06 pm
Change From Nothing Amy and I are standing on a brick platform, waiting for the Ringstrasse tram that will carry us to the other side of Vienna. We are on a mission. My front pants pockets bulge with almost seventeen Euro in small change. I collected this change by begging, which is illegal in Vienna. I shook a Starbuck's coffee cup—just having a Starbucks cup is, all by itself, a significant...  Read More
Apr. 9, 2010 8:57 am
Just before the allied forces entered Iraq, I was fortunate to be present when the then Deputy Director of the Iraqi Reconstruction Effort made a presentation about the grand plan. I managed to stay for about half of his talk before I stormed out of the hall. The room was filled with a few hundred experienced altogether too civil engineers. I left rather than start a ruckus. In retrospect, I...  Read More

No Worries, We Are NOT Vulnerable To The OpenSSL Bug

We do not use OpenSSL here at BestThinking.com or ThinkerBooks.com. No need to worry or change passwords here because of the widely-publicized Heartbleed Bug. We have suffered two short outages recently presumably because much of the Internet transport infrastructure does rely on OpenSSL and they have been updating their systems.

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