The evils of groupthink and the risk to all Social media users

AKA “ Say hello to someone” Power to think The most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.” NYtimes SUSAN CAIN JAN. … Read more

The health warning attached to agile is nothing more, it’s not a reason to ignore agile thinking as a powerful tool.

As a manager who entered software engineering as the agile movement was gathering pace and returned to management in the systems world, I find it amusing when other disciplines jump on the bandwagon as it were. I also find it encouraging, but I would have serious concern if it were my business and here is … Read more

How much damage can negative BIAS do to performance and quality of life?

Whether a manager, a sports person, an investor, or a dustman It is vital to understand our personal bias and manage it . Every decision we make requires some level of objectivity to stand a good chance of serving us well. “You’re faced with around 11 million pieces of information at any given moment, according … Read more

The agile organisation – a risky proposition

What did Bill Gates mean and what did it mean to Microsoft to be agile. Well Bill made the mother of all misjudgements when he said that the internet was of no interest to Microsoft and dismissed its potential. Within one and a half years, Microsoft had changed its mind, won the browser war with Netscape and delivered ASP, the first and still dominant commercial application server for the internet. That was agile, but it had not a thing to do with stand up meetings around whiteboards and walls covered in scribbles.

Scope a real ball breaker, do we really have to master it?

The fastest cheapest way from A to B

It has been well established and indeed I have blogged about this in more detail previously, that without question the fastest cheapest and most certain way form A to B is to establish where B is and how to recognise it when you arrive, break the journey into easily managed stages and then follow your plan.

If however; as is sometimes the case, B is can not be defined objectively and/or there are no maps available for the territory in between, then you need to take a more agile approach and allow for the extra time and cost, but balance it against the reward.

Project managers must be consultants and must behave like consultants – it’s a bad day for “permies

Consultants and permies are forever at war over the value of the consultant and the see him/her like the new mistress in their relationship.
The journals are still full of discussions on project failures and the shortcomings of project management.
This short piece brings a very clear insight into a major source of problems that impacts both the consultant debate and the project management debate.

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 5

What’s the right strategy for me? Previously: Bridging between the web and the real world Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 2 Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 3 Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 4   In defining a … Read more

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 3

There is a fairly popular and utterly flawed theory that underlies most networking activity, which supports the latter folly and it goes something like this:
If you meet the same 60 people every month for a year and you tell them what you do and then you are nice to them every time you meet and if you pass a few scraps of leads to a few of them, eventually one of them will order from you.
The reasons it’s flawed are simply these:

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 2

Part one: Bridging between the web and the real world This one is a real enigma, no matter what angle you approach it form you get an entirely different viewpoint and just when you think you’ve nailed it along comes somebody to spoil your party with a new twist in the tail. What is it? … Read more

Programmes are the reason so many projects are deemed to have failed.

If the Project manager rarely sees the battlefield, and spends his time constructing fantasy plans without ever checking with reality and assuming that things will stay the same, then imagine how far removed the average programme manager is.

Is there still a case for IT strategic planning?

To put that in content, the earth is not round but flat and the universe is merely mirror images of the earth reflected on a layer of slightly opaque gas. The landing on the moon happened in a closed off section of MGM and hamburgers are good for you.