Rotten Carrots

August 30, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Teamwork 

In a recent TED Talk, Dan Pink waxed eloquently about the ‘surprising science of motivation‘, describing the problems with how we run our businesses. I agree with what he has to say, and would take it even one step further. Read more

Training for Value

March 18, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Process 

It would be naive to suggest that I don’t generate a good percentage of revenue from training engagements. Unfortunately, it would also be naive to suggest that these engagements consistently provide the most value for my clients. In fact, the opposite is true in many cases. Not because the training provided is bad (as there is plenty of objective evidence to the contrary), but because most organizations bring in training for the wrong reasons. Read more

An Outdated Investment Model

February 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership 

For a number of reasons, I believe that the model used by many venture capital firms is in dire need of a retread. While the model has shown to be profitable in the past, this appears to be more a lucky, accidental result of circumstances rather than through proactive application of sound business principles. These thoughts here are based on my somewhat limited exposure to working with venture capital firms, certainly talking to others and following the news, but also sitting down with a couple of VC’s and walking through this. Read more

Off the Beaten Path

June 15, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management 

Any project manager that has managed (or worked on) even a single project knows that every project will veer off of the planned route in some way. For many projects, this initial deviation is the start of a cascading effect of chaos and reactive decisions that results in delays, dropped scope or reduced quality. Rather than fight it, we should be preparing ourselves to deal with the inevitable unplanned events as best as possible. Read more

Administrative Reporting

June 8, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management 

I’m just finishing my first round facilitating an intensive project management program with a local university. If there is one thing to distill out as a common challenge among the teams is that there isn’t nearly enough depth of reflection as we move through the project phases. There is a lot of administrative reporting. Read more

Is It Worth Not Doing It?

May 4, 2008 by · Comment
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Usually, when I’m talking about different requirements practices, I use traceability as a practice that adds quite a bit of value for things like impact analysis. In most shops, though, the cost of developing and maintaining exhaustive traceability, whether real or perceived, far exceeds any potential value. That’s not always the case, though, and sometimes it takes a different approach, risk analysis, to understand how that value reaches the tipping point. Read more

What To Do…

February 3, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Process, Project management 

Once in a great while, I find myself in a position where I wonder what to do next. This is rare, of course, as usually there are more than enough things to keep me occupied. With technology companies, it is almost always the case that there is way too much to do, and even worse, it is almost always someone else that seems to be calling the shots. From what I have seen, there is a better way. Read more

Labour Shortage, or Underfostered Talent?

April 1, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

In what seems to be a vicious cycle, the local tech community is currently expressing a dramatic need for more talent. There is a huge number of job postings that remain unfilled, and upswing in placement activity for the local recruiting community. At a personal level, far more people are asking me if I know someone that can fill a role, rather than asking if I know anyone that might need their services. Read more

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