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Zero Hour MPs
I've submitted an e-petition to the UK Treasury on zero hour contracts for MPs. Once I have the link I'll put it up here. The proposal is as follows ... "In a time of austerity, we need to
encourage community involvement and efficiency in the political
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I've submitted an e-petition to the UK Treasury on zero hour contracts for MPs. Once I have the link I'll put it up here. The proposal is as follows ... "In a time of austerity, we need to encourage community involvemen...
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That survey sounds really compelling - in fact, far more than most they pass laws based on!
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The three amazing bits about mapping
In the previous post I covered the ten good bits about mapping - namely user needs, coping with change, effective management of complex environments and contracts, better scenario planning and strategic gameplay, improvements in communication and risk manag...
In the previous post I covered the ten good bits about mapping - namely user needs, coping with change, effective management of complex environments and contracts, better scenario planning and strategic gameplay, improvements...
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From A1 to A6 ...
Things appear and diffuse in society through diffusion curves of ever maturing versions of the act. Product A 1 leads to a better Product A 2 and so on, until it finally becomes more of a commodity (or utility if suitable). These diffusion curves follow a s...
Things appear and diffuse in society through diffusion curves of ever maturing versions of the act. Product A1 leads to a better Product A2 and so on, until it finally becomes more of a commodity (or utility if suitable). The...
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I've been watching Plex for many years, this is good to see.
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Creating a value chain
The first part of mapping is to create a value chain. This is a chain of NEEDs. You start with the User need and determine the components needed to meet these needs and then any subcomponents that those component need ... and so on. I often use the example ...
The first part of mapping is to create a value chain. This is a chain of NEEDs. You start with the User need and determine the components needed to meet these needs and then any subcomponents that those component need ... and...
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The wow of mapping
So far, I've covered then ten good of mapping - namely focus on user needs, coping with change, effective management of complex environments and contracts, better scenario planning and strategic gameplay, improvements in communication and risk management an...
So far, I've covered then ten good of mapping - namely focus on user needs, coping with change, effective management of complex environments and contracts, better scenario planning and strategic gameplay, improvements in comm...
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+William Louth : if the design is clean, that's purely by accident. I wouldn't know a clean design if it waved a huge 'I'm a clean design' poster at me. As for startups who've used mapping, try Adallom and @VirtualTal
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Ten good, three amazing and one wow of mapping.
There's been a number of post on mapping recently, most notably on 'Mapping the way to a strategy' by James Findlay (CIO of HS2) and 'Revolutionising Digital Public Service Delivery' by Judge's Business School in Cambridge. M apping  is a large and sometime...
There's been a number of post on mapping recently, most notably on 'Mapping the way to a strategy' by James Findlay (CIO of HS2) and 'Revolutionising Digital Public Service Delivery' by Judge's Business School in Cambridge. ...
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Why Map?
In comparison to box and wire diagrams (IT system diagrams, business process maps etc) then ...
In comparison to box and wire diagrams (IT system diagrams, business process maps etc) then ...
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On Mapping and Licenses
I was recently asked a question on licensing of the mapping technique.  I developed the mapping technique (and the later work on evolution) initially for my own use in 2005 and later refined this in 2007. I have always published the technique under creative...
I was recently asked a question on licensing of the mapping technique.  I developed the mapping technique (and the later work on evolution) initially for my own use in 2005 and later refined this in 2007. I have always pub...
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You need to talk with +Steve Hutson 

I have to say, this and many other examples hint that there's a real problem going on with recruitment / HR especially in a 'skill shortage'
 
I can empathise completely with this at age 56. History of pulling Software and Internet related spectaculars for my employers, be it doing 1.1->6.0m in 2 years, 0-100m in 18 months, 12->52m in 2 years, 700K->2.8m in 9 months, 1m->5m in 4 months at doubled margins during a price war, 80-250m in 2 years in the UKs largest IT Reseller. Then being given 1,072 vendors and a team of 4, hitting profit targets every Q for 2 years, inc growing the company UK market share for them with VMware from 7% to 21% in 2 years. Did a Directors secondment for 18 months, fixed everything I was asked to look at, then laid off with no line role to go back to in Nov 2012. 2 interviews since; can't even get an interview at AWS for roles that can use my Enterprise IT and Reseller Channel background.

Having recruited 17 of Red Hats Advanced Partner Channel in 2004, can't get a look in there either. That said, I have identical views as you on Openstack.

Recruitment co for Pivotal don't even acknowledge receipt of my CV (even though I'm sure Paul Maritz will remember me).

Still trying though... :-). Synonymous with help, and as Ben Horowitz says in his latest book, I can give execs more time while I fix the less routine stuff - to liberate a Salesforce to excel with a minimum of friction. If, indeed, I can get air time with the folks in need. Their HR people are the primary barrier to getting that far - to date.

In the meantime, running a couple of Linux servers at Digital Ocean and blogging daily at www.ianwaring.com - Including a piece on Bitcoin that mentioned this blog yesterday :-)
One of the most interesting aspects of the recent Satoshi Nakamoto saga is how an experienced computer engineer near Silicon Valley has not been able to find gainful employment in the industry for a decade despite a massive s...
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