Originally published March 20, 2016 Suppose a company discovers that its projected revenue is below original expectations for reasons outside of its direct control. The bottom-line numbers are going to look bad, so something must be done immediately. Cost-cutting measures will be explored, and when every budget has been squeezed and nothing else remains, the … Continue reading Cutting Costs. Or, How to Pretend Complex is Simple.
Originally published February 27, 2016 The Cynefin framework (created by Dave Snowden) reveals that Complicated or Simple approaches break down and can only succeed by complete accident in the Complex domain, because causality is only clear in retrospect. From this basis, let’s briefly refute the notion of culture change as Simple or Complicated. If you … Continue reading Cynefin, Culture Change as Complex
Originally published February 24, 2016 You could find the Abstract listening to hip hopMy pops used to say, it reminded him of BebopI said, well daddy don’t you know that things go in cyclesWay that Bobby Brown is just amping like Michael — Excursions (A Tribe Called Quest) I work in a challenging environment where the effects of … Continue reading Motivation Cycles
Originally published February 21, 2016 I have been searching for a temporary work visualization method to adequately convey both how a given process works and the WIP (Work In Progress) within it at any given moment. With eventual improvement set as a goal for the former, a prerequisite for any productive discussion is a common … Continue reading Visual WIP
Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, in his lecture titled Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints, describes the necessity of answering the following questions when adopting a technology: What is the power of the technology? What limitation does it diminish? What rules helped us accommodate the limitation? What rules should we use now? As a cofounder of … Continue reading The Four Questions