Wait…How is Dynamics Easy?

February 28, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Process 

In my last post, I asserted it doesn’t make sense to put together a static process for something that is as dynamic as the human endeavour of collaborating on projects. Despite my suggestion that dynamic analysis is more complex than static analysis, I even asserted that this approach easier than you might think.

Let me be a bit more nuanced here. Read more

Statics and Dynamics

February 16, 2017 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Process, Teamwork 

Way back, about 35 years ago, I vaguely recall an Engineering course in Statics and Dynamics that was particularly difficult. I’d be lying if I said I could recall any of the formulas from the course, and the textbook is long gone, but I do remember that, well, static analysis was pretty lightweight compared to the sophistication of the dynamics half of the course. Read more

Stay Balanced

January 18, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

There are a few terms that are front-and-centre these days around the workplace, with gender equity and cultural diversity often leading the pack. During a presentation a few months ago, I asked the group about the challenges they face on projects. One woman, from the back of the room, suggested there were too many men on her projects. While at face value I don’t have enough information to agree with her particular case, I do believe this thinking leads to an area where we need to focus – not on equity, but on balance. Read more

Stay Humble

December 16, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Teamwork 

We all suffer from a variety of cognitive biases, faulty assumptions that screw up our ability to make decent decisions. One of my favourites is the Dunning-Kruger effect, where those that are unskilled tend to overestimate their abilities. Apparently the study of this bias was inspired by a bank robber who smeared lemon juice on his face (you may have used lemon juice as invisible ink when you were a kid) to hide from surveillance cameras. Read more

Stay Fresh

December 9, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Resilience 

It’s something we all tend to do: rest our laurels on the same behaviours, the same activities, the same stories that have worked for us in the past. It’s a simplification to make sense of the complicated, information overloaded world around us, but it’s dangerous. Read more

Cost of Non-Quality

August 12, 2015 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Quality 

I just read an article, albeit a year old, that suggests preventable medical errors persist as the number 3 killer in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. I wasn’t surprised for two reasons: a) I had seen similar literature before from other sources, and b) I had worked with companies in the medical field and large IT infrastructure projects. Read more

Back to Basics

August 7, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Uncategorized 

There is an ongoing search for the latest, the greatest, the top-10 list, the hot new thing that will turn our lives around. This search has been going on for a long, long time, and will continue for years to come. Nothing is going to change that for the masses. Read more

Wearing Masks

July 29, 2015 by · Comment
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It can be interesting to watch people when you are grabbing a bite at a food fair, visiting a farmer’s market on Saturday morning, or wandering through a park in the evening. There’s a huge difference between these settings and what you see in many business environments. At the food fair, the farmer’s market and the park, nobody’s wearing a mask. Read more

Choice

June 9, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, People 

We all have times when we’re exasperated with the world around us – frustrated or scared or angry at something or someone. We’ll lash out, blame others for our predicament. Sometimes we depend on others for our own validation, relinquishing control to external drivers. In all cases, we’re setting ourselves up for a fall. We’ll rarely get the result we are looking for, and there’s a good chance we’ll fill our heads with negative self-talk, kicking ourselves in the butt for being so stupid. Read more

Transactions and Connections

May 28, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Project management, Teamwork 

When we stumble on our projects and seek ways to improve our experience and results, there is a strong tendency to establish a clear approach for future projects, based on what hurt us in the past. This might look like a particular approach, a set of templates to ensure something doesn’t fall through the cracks anymore, perhaps a collection of checklists to guide the way. These become ‘our new standard approach’, but can actually get us into more trouble than before. Read more

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