The trap of settling for mediocrity

The trap of settling for mediocrity Without boring you with a treatise on macro-economics, I can only get my point across by saying that, not only is every professional and tradesperson in our world challenged to know less and possess fewer skills, but most business we are employed by will have not a single individual … Read more

Confirmation bias at the speed of light

The extraordinary world of the trader really opened my eyes Most readers will already be aware of confirmation bias and will no doubt believe they have it under control. Good for you. If however you are trader, or gambler the likelihood is that you have got it down to a fine art and it has … Read more

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

Two important rules of the learning organisation that you won’t study in an MBA yet they are ignored at great cost.

The learning cycles described by    Sekar Sethuraman CISSP,CISA,CISM,CGEIT,CIA,PMP is in my view an excellent starting point that would most likely be a significant achievement to formalise and encode into almost any organisation. My personal experiences apart from academic interest are around : What we often call “lessons learned” i.e. the constant adjustment to circumstances and … 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

How to implement Scrum while keeping your sanity and your Job

Cost overruns, missed schedules and quality issues. These were the reasons cited for the development of Scrum. Management also wants to harvest the business value expected from new software sooner, while using fewer resources Breaking a traditional process up into small increments solves all of these problems. MSFis a wonderful example of this apart from … Read more

Lernaean Hydra, your time is up.

Simple, but powerful tools to truly build a relationship with the customer, some obvious gaping opportunities to cut costs and some basic principals of architecture that even the bin man could understand in one lesson and yet are ignored by 99 percent of technical architects. If you are serious about competing in business, read this. … Read more

TOGAF – well I finally did it ( here’s the summary)

I couldn’t find a readable short summary anywhere so I decided to bear the pain, skim read the dull text and write a summary for any unfortunate person trying to get a quick overview of a new framework in an industry he/she already knows well.

My conclusion after a few hours of wading through the treacle is that it is well put together, if horrendously poor in it’s presentation.
A slight contradiction is that parts are already a bit outdated in that it pays too much attention to things like portability in a world where interoperability is the buzz word and the “cloud” and “tower of babel” are the modern metaphors, nevertheless any slight shortcomings can easily be overcome by intelligent people using it.
A sharp warning though is that; even more so than the ubiquitous Prince2 for project management, TOGAF won’t make an architect of you, you have to bring all the skills to the table and then it helps you get things in the right order, but even that is up for interpretation, so you really must know your stuff and have integrity
It is not therefore a reliable hiring tool in it’s own right and I see it as definitely a team game.

Inetgration programmes made easy

Previously Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems Lernaean Hydra, your time is up. Give big data the heave-ho for now and get a birds-eye view of your business without a single nosql database. Here’s how we approached the solution Naturally I can’t publish the whole thing if only for sheer volume, … 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.

Bridging between the web and the real world

In a world of 7000,000,000, in a country of 60,000,000 in a town of 30,000 people, how do you find 100 clients for your new accountancy business?
Why you search the 7 billion of course via the internet until you find some who happen to be near you and need an accountant, or at least like you enough to pay you anyhow. OK got that thanks.

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 4

The budget you set aside for telling them how much you value your customer’s, spend your budget on taking care of them. Action speaks louder ..
Have a banker answer the phone about queries, not a call centre in Pakistan and have them develop a relationship (network) with the customer and the customer’s friends.