Software politics: Hypocracy 101
Title: Hypocrisy 101
earned: 10 ECTS
professor: Mr. Rob Weir, IBM
When participating in the ever evolving
landscape of software politics you need to master a variety of tools essential
to ensure your success and accomplish your goals. This course
will give you the ability to master any discussion involving software politics
and to blow your opponents off the field
Deny, deny, deny: 5
You will have to be able to deny anything at any place without flinching. Even
if your opponent has fact-based arguments, simply dismiss these as either
based on faulty assumptions
Remember, you choose what you want to comment on
and you choose which arguments to
You’re fucked either way:
Never say anything wrong but also never say anything correct. If you are
challenged on something you said, simply take any valid and solid resource and
pick something out of context. If you are challenged on this, do one more iteration. Most documents can be interpreted
either way, and only your imagination limits you in what you can do.
Talk is silver but silence
is gold: 6 lessons
This is tricky to apply in a real-world, offline, discussion – but when applied
to an asynchronous discussion on a blog, it works wonders. Whenever you feel
challenged or cornered up in a discussion, simply leave for at few days. This
will effectively dampen down the discussion and cool everything off. Then come
back after a few days and pick up another, more easy, discussion as if nothing
happened. If someone complains about you leaving the discussion – simply argue
that you have a day-job to do to support wife and kids and bloggin’ is your
Beat around the bush: 8 lessons
Introduction: Aside from not being concrete on anything, you will have to be able to master appearing to answer a question - when you are really not. A real-world example of a perfect example of this is from the blog of Brian Jones.
Brian Jones said:
You know what Rob, how about if you just take the questions and responses and post them on your own site? You are a member of the US national body and you have access to all of the materials. If it's no big deal, then post them for everyone.
Where to the attending Professor, Rob Weir, replyed:
I wouldn't want to give the Ecma password out, because the Ecma server
is already slow as it is, and I wouldn't want to put more load on it.
Best to keep that for NB-access only.
Notice how this should be mastered? It appears that the question is answered ... when really, it's not.
With regards to which books and resources will be used throughout the course, feel free to contact the attending professor, preferably on his blog at http://www.robweir.com/blog/ .