Nothing About Me Without Me

January 29, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Quality, Teamwork 

I was working with a group of researchers recently, exploring the value of their contributions in the work they have been doing, with the intent of clarifying both the impact of their outcomes and how they uniquely shaped that impact. At one point, the conversation took an insightful turn. Read more

Leveraging Energy

January 15, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership, Project management 

For many people, projects are a collection of tasks to be done, often represented in a pretty Gantt chart, Kanban board or some other representation. When tasks aren’t completed as expected, the focus is to get back on the plan. This is a rigorous perspective that can achieve the goal of getting those tasks done, but one that is often far more difficult, and delivers far less value than it should. Read more

Can We Get Over Scientific Management, Please?

One of the primary products of the second Industrial revolution around the beginning of the 20th century came from Frederick Winslow Taylor. We need to move on. Read more

Primum Non Nocere

June 27, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Quality 

A colleague of mine recently pointed me to an article about Design Thinking (caps intentional here). The article nicely explained the principles behind Design Thinking, but I felt it went off the rails a bit toward the end, when the author described a ‘recipe’ for Design Thinking. Read more

Universal Principles

June 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Teamwork 

Way back in 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published Principia Mathematica, where he described the concept of gravity. It’s been said that he discovered gravity then, but it’s a pretty safe bet that apples fell in the downward direction from trees before 1687, and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Gravity is a universal principle. Read more

What’s Your Story?

May 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Resilience 

It’s a classic exchange, repeat many times on a daily basis. Go to any industry event, or even meet someone on the street, and simply ask someone “what they do”. Read more

Stages, Phases…and Boxes

May 1, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Project management 

We use models to represent and categorize the massive amount of information we process everyday. This what we do to make sense of the world throughout our lives. Read more

Unlearning

March 24, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership, Project management 

The well-known Marshmallow Challenge asks teams to construct the tallest tower they can using spaghetti, tape and a string. Young children regularly do better than MBA graduates. Read more

Self-inflicted Chaos

March 13, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Project management 

The Cynefin framework is a model that expresses five decision-making contexts that we can use to parse how we perceive and hence can respond to different situations. These contexts range from simple through chaotic and beyond to disorder, and the model has been used in defence of flexible or adaptive approaches to solving problems. I think there are situations where we lean on that model too heavily as a defence for lazy and incomplete thinking. Read more

Lenses

March 6, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership, People 

If you like to watch movies, you have probably found that there are movies from certain directors that fit a particular style, giving you a bit of a short cut to decide whether you are likely to enjoy another of their movies. The Wachowski siblings are likely to challenge your view of reality, Alfonso Cuarón is going to take you through some long harrowing scenes without a break, The Coen brothers are going to throw plot twists at you that you could never imagine. They all have their particular lenses through which they see the world. Read more

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