ManagementSpeak: Who will be writing the detailed requirements for this work?

Translation: Huh? Uh … Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention. Even if I had been, I wouldn’t want to be held accountable for this, whatever it is.

My buddy Kristen Weingartz heard this little gem, but didn’t tell me exactly where, or from whom. Probably just as well.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is on my mind. I’ll get to why in a moment. Right now I have a project for it to take on: Public Infrastructure.

Here’s why: Right now public discussions of political issues such as taxation are frequent, top-of-mind, polarized, and controversial. They are also entirely divorced from the largely apolitical issue of maintaining the public infrastructure – a subject which is, in the minds of most Americans, foggy.