Not What You Think It Will Be About

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

The following comes from Tom Asacker's Web site. I don't know anything about Mr. Asacker or his site (I originally got this from the Tom Peters Web site), but there are some great concepts in this list — solid thoughts for the coming year.

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Not a Movie Review

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

I refuse to watch the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, just as I should have refused to watch the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, just as I should have refused to watch the remake of Psycho, just as I should have refused to watch Disturbia (which was a remake of Rear Window no matter WHAT anybody says.) There is absolutely no reason to go back and redo the work of others unless you can do it better. Going from black and white to color is not making it better. Adding whiz-bang special effects (blowing up more stuff) is not making it better. Moving from the 50s to the 80s/90s/00s is not making it better. Doing a shot-for-shot remake with different stars is not making it better. Retesting the tests the testers did to ensure the testers actually tested the tests is not making it better. (Whoops — I may have just played my hand.)

Better is adding new concepts to an existing project. Better is bringing new thoughts and ideas into the project. Better is revealing something new about the subject. Better is leaving that project with everyone having learned something new — something important that didn’t exist in the previous incarnation.
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Audit

Posted on Dec 8, 2008

Two auditors walk into a bar. “What’ll you have?” the bartender asks. “I’ll take a Solid Finding,” the first one says. “I’ll have a Weak Finding,” says the second one. The bartender pours their drinks. Another guy at the bar calls the bartender over and whispers, “What’s the difference between a Solid Finding and a Weak Finding?” “I don’t know,” the bartender answers, “but the good news is they don’t know either.”

What is auditor hell? A roomful of wounded and no bayonet.

A man drives up to an accident — car into a tree. He walks up to the driver and says, “You’ve been in an accident.” The driver says, “You must be an auditor.” The man is surprised. “How did you know?” he asks. “Because,” the driver answers, “You told me something I already knew and have provided no help.”


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