Excerpt: How to Get Ahead in Tech Groups

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Steve O'Keefe, May 26, 2006.

  1. I have permission from John Wiley & Sons to distribute an
    excerpt from the new book, "Putt's Law and the Successful
    Technocrat," a 25th Anniversary remake of the howlingly
    funny classic on climbing corporate hierarchies. The
    excerpt contains Putt's advice on the Internet, including
    Putt's Paradox:

    "The more firmly you are caught in the Web,
    the faster you can outpace your competition."

    "Putt's Law" was originally released in 1981 and achieved
    cult status for its scathing satire about the way groups
    behave. "Every technical hierarchy, in time, develops a
    competence inversion," says Putt, in his most oft-quoted
    corollary. Readers of Putt's Law will learn such valuable
    techno-Machiavellian skills as how to leverage failure and
    how to beat out colleagues who are always right. The
    author's anonymity gives these teachings the air of
    omniscience you want in a rule book.

    In the excerpt I'm distributing, Archibald Putt shows he's
    learned a lot from bloggers and others on the Internet.
    Putt's third law of decision making is "a decision is
    judged by the conviction with which it is uttered." Sounds
    like a page from the bloggers handbook, doesn't it?

    To get the excerpt, send mailto:
    with the subject line "Send Putt's Law" and I will reply
    with the text -- and *only* the text -- NO file attachments
    or opt-in mailing list jive. Thank you.
     
    Steve O'Keefe, May 26, 2006
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  2. Steve O'Keefe

    Vanguard Guest

    Yeah, right. You have permission to distribute copyrighted material.
    Uh huh. And yet you do NOT distribute unless users divulge a valid
    e-mail address to you so you can get them to voluntarily sucker
    themselves into your spamtrap. No thanks. Keep your useless glass
    "gem".
     
    Vanguard, May 26, 2006
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  3. Steve O'Keefe

    BlueYonder Guest

    This is what you get back

    "Archibald Putt meets The Internet"

    an excerpt from the new book

    PUTT'S LAW AND THE SUCCESSFUL TECHNOCRAT by Archibald Putt Published by John
    Wiley and Sons, Inc.

    Reprinted here with permission.

    INTRODUCTION

    "Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat" is a 25th Anniversary remake of
    the howlingly funny classic on climbing corporate hierarchies. This excerpt
    contains Putt's advice on the Internet.

    "Putt's Law" was originally released in 1981 and achieved cult status for
    its scathing satire about the way groups behave. "Every technical hierarchy,
    in time, develops a competence inversion," says Putt, in his most oft-quoted
    corollary. Readers of Putt's Law will learn such valuable
    techno-Machiavellian skills as how to leverage failure and how to beat out
    colleagues who are always right. The author's anonymity gives these
    teachings the air of omniscience you want in a rule book.

    In the excerpt below, Archibald Putt shows he's learned a lot from bloggers
    and others on the Internet. Putt's third law of decision making is "a
    decision is judged by the conviction with which it is uttered." Sounds like
    a page from the bloggers handbook, doesn't it?

    More information about the book, "Putt's Law and the Successful
    Technocrat" -- and author Archibald Putt -- follows the excerpt. Enjoy!

    __________________________________________________

    "Archibald Putt meets The Internet"

    At the beginning of 1993, the World Wide Web had only 50 known users. After
    the Internet was made available for commercial purposes in 1995, the use of
    e-mail and the World Wide Web skyrocketed. Ten years later, an estimated one
    billion people throughout the world were making use of the Internet. In the
    United States, well over half the people were connected to the Internet, and
    half of those spent more than three hours per day online.

    Already, some people were going online to obtain all their information and
    merchandise and to conduct most of their business and social life. They were
    caught in the Web.

    Somewhat surprisingly, studies revealed that technocrats who were caught in
    the Web were more likely to be successful than those who were not. At stated
    by Putt's

    Paradox:

    "The more firmly you are caught in the Web,

    the faster you can outpace your competition."

    The pace of business has quickened. Communications, which a few years
    earlier would have been sent by "snail mail," are now sent by e-mail.
    Responses are typically received the same day, often within minutes. Even
    people at lunch or on vacation can review their e-mail by cell phone and
    respond immediately.

    There is no time for ambitious technocrats to look beyond the Web for
    information, and there is no time for serious reflection between
    communications. The results can be disastrous. Nevertheless, the Law of
    Internet Usage continues to be affirmed:

    "Failure to keep up with the Internet

    leads to failure in the race for success."

    Early users of the Web were primarily scientists and engineers who shared
    technical information. People who shared social or religious views soon
    formed Web sites, as did men and women seeking marriage prospects. Web sites
    were also formed by politically active groups, including terrorist
    organizations. There are sites for people interested in cannibalism or group
    suicide, and sites offering pornography have long been among the most
    popular and financially rewarding. Indeed, there are Web sites that cater to
    every imaginable human desire. According to an Internet Truism:

    "If somewhere it is so,

    it is more so on the Internet."

    Even many popular Web sites engage in ethically questionable activities. One
    of the more common is placing adware or spyware in a Web-site visitor's hard
    drive to obtain personal information. Of greater concern is outright fraud
    and theft practiced intentionally by bogus Web sites and unintentionally by
    legitimate sites that are victimized by the crafty thieves and hooligans who
    pervade the Internet.

    The popularity of the Internet has made it attractive to organizations that
    send spam. These unsolicited communications are now the major part of
    Internet traffic.

    They are inexpensive for senders but costly to service providers and
    time-consuming to users. In addition to selling products and services or
    swindling naive people out of their savings, spam may contain malicious
    software programs, designed to disable the recipient's computer.

    Viruses and worms on the Internet are estimated to cost users and service
    providers over $100 billion a year, primarily in lost productivity.
    Government agencies and large corporations are increasingly active in
    attempting to protect individuals and the nation's infrastructure from cyber
    attacks.

    Aware of these and many other risks, some individuals and groups have
    resisted getting involved in the Web.

    Nevertheless, the Web continues to grow. Valuable information and services
    lure people in, and there are not- so-subtle pressures from airlines and
    other vendors that are reducing their operating costs by replacing
    person-to- person services with Web-based transactions. It is only a matter
    of time before everyone will be caught in the Web.

    Once inside, the Law of the Web is self-evident:

    "There is no escape

    from the World Wide Web."

    Vast quantities of information available on the Web make it possible for
    researchers and authors to create publications at rates never dreamed of
    before. Plagiarism is so rampant that it seems socially acceptable.

    Technocrats can no longer survive without help from an online computer to
    collect and analyze information to support a position or fend off attacks
    from competitors.

    Simultaneously, their computers must be kept up-to-date with the latest
    hardware and software to protect against the onslaught of computers
    maliciously programmed to do them harm.

    It is comforting to know that, even in the seemingly lawless realm of the
    Internet, all the laws, corollaries, and tools of the trade discussed in
    this book apply. It is less comforting to know that the law of the jungle
    has been replaced by the Law of the Internet:

    "Survival on the Internet always requires

    better hardware and software than you have."

    __________________________________________________

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Archibald Putt is the pseudonym of a man whose contributions in science,
    engineering, and R&D management are well known. He has served on government
    advisory committees, managed basic and applied research, and held executive
    positions in a large multinational corporation.

    He received his PhD degree from a leading institute of technology and has
    served as president of an international technical society. He is the author
    of numerous books and scholarly articles.

    __________________________________________________

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    PUTT'S LAW AND THE SUCCESSFUL TECHNOCRAT:

    How to Win in the Information Age

    by Archibald Putt

    Published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

    (ISBN 0-471-71422-4, 171 pages, illus., hardcover, $24.95) Available through
    this site or directly from the publisher:

    ttp://www.wiley.com/ or phone 1-800-225-5945

    Putt's Law: "Technology is dominated by two types of

    people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage
    what they do not understand."

    Written by an industry leader in R&D management, this title examines the
    above law by following the (often humorous) business development of both
    types of individuals in a Research and Development setting. By examining
    their performance, the book provides practical advise on how to succeed in
    the technology industry.

    The author, using a pseudonym, details how to survive and thrive in the
    world of technology. The book follows the fictional business careers of two
    vastly different individuals in industry. By comparing and contrasting their
    amusing experiences, business styles, successes, and failures, the author
    comprises a series of laws to guide readers through the difficult world of
    technology corporations. Bright, lively, and very funny, "Putt's Law and the
    Successful Technocrat" uses satire to highlight the author's deep
    understanding of the real world of technology.

    Originally published in 1981, "Putt's Law" has become widely know and quoted
    in technology circles. The mysterious identity of the author is the subject
    of much scrutiny and debate.

    REVIEWS:

    "It's a classic. It reads at first like humor, but one eventually realizes
    that it's all true. The first edition changed my life. I loaned my copy to a
    subordinate at IBM, and he didn't return it to me until he was my boss."

    -- Dave Thompson, PhD, IBM Fellow (retired),

    Member National Academy of Engineering, and IEEE Fellow

    "Putt's humor ranges from sharp to whimsical and is always on target.
    Readers will be reminded of many personal experiences and of lessons in life
    they wish they had learned earlier in their careers."

    -- Eric Herz, former IEEE executive director

    "Anyone who thinks 'engineering management' is an oxymoron needs to read
    this terrific book - then they will know."

    -- Norman R. Augustine, author of "Augustine's Laws" and

    retired Chairman & CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
     
    BlueYonder, May 29, 2006
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  4. Steve O'Keefe

    Mara Guest

    [crossposting left in]

    Did you get the permission of the posters in the newsgroups you spammed this to?

    I didn't think so.

    "Take a hike, lameboi."
     
    Mara, May 29, 2006
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  5. Steve O'Keefe

    Real News Guest

    Thank you BlueYonder for posting the excerpt for me. I would have
    posted it myself -- and spared all this talk about "spam trap" -- but
    it's considered excessively long for a Usenet posting and poor
    netiquette for me to post it. But I'm glad you did.

    No, there's no "spam trap" or retention of e-mail addresses. Hard to
    believe in this day and age that real humans can offer a humorous book
    excerpt to appropriate groups and not violate copyright and not violate
    netiquette and not collect e-mail addresses.

    "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

    STEVE O'KEEFE
    Bringer of Excerpts
     
    Real News, Jun 5, 2006
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  6. Steve O'Keefe

    Mara Guest

    Mara, Jun 5, 2006
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