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From purpose to leadership and back again.
I haven't written in sometime, so I thought I'd put down same basics on managing an environment. Contrary to popular belief, management isn't some linear game of planning but a highly iterative cycle. It's best describe (in my opinion) in the following diag...
I haven't written in sometime, so I thought I'd put down same basics on managing an environment. Contrary to popular belief, management isn't some linear game of planning but a highly iterative cycle. It's best describe (in m...
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Efficiency vs Effectiveness - Repeated.
I'm bumping into this sort of madness at an alarming rate. Any illusion that I once held that business is sane is rapidly diminishing. I'm going to use an example, not including names and slightly modified to include other examples of practice just to ram t...
I'm bumping into this sort of madness at an alarming rate. Any illusion that I once held that business is sane is rapidly diminishing. I'm going to use an example, not including names and slightly modified to include other ex...
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Duplication and bias - two problems that cost you a fortune and are easy to solve.
Having just had a rant on the ridiculous attitude some take to outsourcing , I'm now going to skewer another pair of bugbears of mine - duplication & bias. Again this uses mapping. I'm going to start with two maps, both from a Government department. One is ...
Having just had a rant on the ridiculous attitude some take to outsourcing, I'm now going to skewer another pair of bugbears of mine - duplication & bias. Again this uses mapping. I'm going to start with two maps, both fro...
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Finding easy competitors to take out
When mapping and determining gameplay, it's always worth having an occasional glance at your competitors - the game of strategy is an iterative one of observe, orient, decide and act. It’s really useful to know who are the easy competitors and the ones shou...
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Two speed IT - the more I look, the worse it gets.
I've just been told of a "new" idea of using two speed IT with agile combined with a platform. Heaven help us. First, it's a very old idea and second it was as daft then as it is today. Let's go through how things should work (see figure below). Your town p...
I've just been told of a "new" idea of using two speed IT with agile combined with a platform. Heaven help us. First, it's a very old idea and second it was as daft then as it is today. Let's go through how things should w...
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When to use a Business Model Canvas or a SWOT?
I've been asked for a bit more detail on my post on "Business Model Canvas, the end of a long road" and so I thought I'd use an example. I was recently looking into the whole area of identity and access management (something I'm mulling over for future LEF ...
I've been asked for a bit more detail on my post on "Business Model Canvas, the end of a long road" and so I thought I'd use an example. I was recently looking into the whole area of identity and access management (somethi...
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Managing a complex world
Going through some old talks, I dug up this video - I've now put it on Google - covering how to manage a complex world. It's from May 2008 and though I didn't go through mapping, it does cover innovation, evolution and how future organisational strain will ...
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My top predictions for 2016
Here are my top five predictions for things you absolutely should do but will ignore in 2016. Focus on user needs. Lets face it, playing with tech is far more fun than actually understanding your user needs and so you'll probably argue that buying a whole l...
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One to print out and put on my office wall. lets see how next year goes
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Cloud is outsourcing but it's not outsourcing (as was).
I'm tired of many of these discussions because they're ridiculous. However, once more unto the breach dear friends. First, lets take a map. I'm using an example based upon HS2 (high speed rail) in figure 1. Now, the map contains many components, all evolvin...
I'm tired of many of these discussions because they're ridiculous. However, once more unto the breach dear friends. First, lets take a map. I'm using an example based upon HS2 (high speed rail) in figure 1. Now, the map co...
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Open source as weapon
I often talk about the use of an open play as weapon, a mechanism of changing the environment you exist in. Back in 2011, when I examined the phenotypic changes of companies (due to a particular cycle known as peace, war and wonder - more details here ) the...
I often talk about the use of an open play as weapon, a mechanism of changing the environment you exist in. Back in 2011, when I examined the phenotypic changes of companies (due to a particular cycle known as peace, war and ...
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Uber, the not so disrupting disruptor?
A recent HBR article by Christensen on "What Is Disruptive Innovation?" states that Uber is not "genuinely disruptive" and it doesn't fit into the theory of disruption. Well, it's Christensen's hypothesis and he is entitled to modify it anyway he sees fit. ...
A recent HBR article by Christensen on "What Is Disruptive Innovation?" states that Uber is not "genuinely disruptive" and it doesn't fit into the theory of disruption. Well, it's Christensen's hypothesis and he is entitled t...
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A key element to the 'car disruption' interestingly are the mobile phones. For someone growing up and reaching 'driver age' before the iPhone a car - the make and model - was part of the coming of age and the very definition who you are.
Looking at my own offspring, their defining attributes have shifted to phones, games and (online) communities. So cars lost their must-have-for-identity status well before Über. 
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Efficiency vs Effectiveness and why flow isn't enough.
Without naming names, I'm going to talk about a rather ridiculous situation that helps highlight the difference between efficiency vs effectiveness and why flow isn't enough. It concerns computing. In this company, they have their own data centre which is f...
Without naming names, I'm going to talk about a rather ridiculous situation that helps highlight the difference between efficiency vs effectiveness and why flow isn't enough. It concerns computing. In this company, they ha...
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