Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Do you want fries with that?

The following arrives in my inbox, sent to an internal Vertucon company alias:

“Does anyone know an expert in Excel for conplex formula's? I need someone well versed in the following formula types:
IF
AND
VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP
ARRAY
or another way to display the right data.

I really appreciate any leads to someone in that can help me.

Regards,
Scott”

Scott’s email signature proclaims that he has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. Unfortunately, the acronym he has selected for this august qualification is McPM.

It’s barely literate Neanderthals like this who give project management a bad name, you know.


Project Managers, yesterday. They walk among us…

17 comments:

Gorilla Bananas said...

Is that a picture of Cornel West? I like to keep pictures of great human thinkers.

Desargues said...
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Desargues said...

Oh, my. Were the subliterate lad not an American, I'd think he's the product of Tony's NuLab system of "education." You know, the one where teachers never correct pupils mistakes for fear of crushing the kids' "self-esteem."

Or maybe he's got his "master's" from schools like this one.

Timothy said...

Great post, "Ivan" - have had some similar discussions on my blog (check out my post titled "Those Star Belly Sneeches") about certification and its use/misuse

PI said...

Happily its all Greek to me.

HA HA HA said...

des - 'dagrees based on life expoeriance'! i got one a them. best US$49.95 i evar spent. couldna got my jobaat nasa without it.

Ivan the Terrible said...

GB - don't know who that is, but I'm fairly sure it's not him. If he's well-known, he's not a PM, almost by definition :)

Des - happily the British and American systems are in perfect synch when it comes to churning out troglodytes like this guy. The term "remedial" does not begin to cover it...

Welcome, Timothy. I can add something to your debate about the value of the PMI certification. Where I work, managers rarely have any idea of what project management is about or how to identify good PMs. However, they are just smart enough to spell PMP correctly two out of three times. It now appears on just about every internal and external requisition for PMs and Analysts. So there are good PMs with years of experience losing out to "five-day zero-to-hero" PMPs in the job stakes every day. The main value of the PMP now is that it is the de facto standard. The next domino to fall will be the Six Sigma Black Belt certification - watch this space...

Pi - count your blessings.

And 3H - you sound overqualified for your line of work :)

R. Sherman said...

This has nothing to do with the post, but the official daughter is standing over my left shoulder at the moment, wondering why I read the writings of someone known as "Ivan The Terrible."

You have another convert.

Cheers.

Ivan the Terrible said...

I only use Ivan the Terrible because Ivan the Little Pony tested so poorly with the focus groups...

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