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November 25, 2008

Sith Sigma

Filed under: Web — duncan @ 11:59 pm
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Found this interesting blog about management tips for technology organisations. Covering topics such as leadership skills, workforce efficiency, business intelligence, etc. Fairly typical to many other blogs on the same topic.

However, check the name: Sith Sigma. Yes, that’s right; it’s a blog from the Sith Lords, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader! They’ve obviously learnt many management and leadership tips while running the Empire. The title itself is a pun on Motorola’s Six Sigma business management strategy.

For example, here’s an excerpt from a post about Employee Performance Appraisals:

Storm troopers need to bring in Jawas for interrogation. Do we evaluate them on the sheer number of Jawas they bring in, or on the quality of the intelligence extracted from them? Obviously it’s a combination of both.

Another Storm trooper evaluation may have the very narrow categories of: 1) Following orders, 2) Number of prisoners who escaped.

This may seem like an ok set of metrics to evaluate a guard on, but we don’t want them to think that is the only aspect of their jobs. We don’t want narrow metrics to define the job. We may also care about: Initiative, efficiency, attendance record, prisoner health etc.

If it’s important to the organization, it should be in the performance evaluation.


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