Tag Archives: Agile

Emergence versus Entropy in Management

Julian Birkinshaw professor at the London Business School had an interesting article in Forbes a couple weeks ago titled “Managing Complexity: The Battle Between Emergence And Entropy” which comes close to, but falls just short of, making a good recommendation … Continue reading

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The Origin of Reductionism

I have written many times about how culturally we have a tendency to want to simplify problems, and solve the separate parts, and this is reductionism.  Scientific management is based on this idea, and it is one of the ideas … Continue reading

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Race-cars, Drivers, and Mechanics

I met with a Fujitsu executive last week, and we naturally got onto the topic of software development methodology. I presented my case that it is critical that programmers know the actual customer because 90% of all decisions that effect … Continue reading

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Adaptability as a Competitive Advantage

One of the better summaries on how companies need to be adaptable is the Harvard Business Review article by Martin Reeves and Mike Deimler called “Adaptability: The New Competitive Advantage“.

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Naive Intervention makes Poor Process Design

Continuing the pattern from my past few post on Antifragile concepts, today consider Naive Intervention, that idea assuming that simple model actually represents a complex system can lead to disastrously bad decisions.

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Ancient Wisdom teaches Business Processes

Jared Diamond spoke at the Commonwealth Club last month.  I have always been a huge fan of his Pulitzer prize winning book “Guns, Germs, and Steel” as well as “Collapse” and other works.  This talk introduced his new book “The World Until Yesterday: … Continue reading

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How Technology causes Fragility

Q: When is it easier to ship a $600 electronic device across the country and back, than it is to change a field in a database? A: When you are a phone company. This is a true story, and one … Continue reading

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AIIM2012 Clay Shirky Keynote

I was really looking forward to the keynote by Clay Shirky, and I was not disappointed.  The title of his talk was “To Make Sense of Data, First Make Sense of People“.

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Netflix Agility

Yesterday Netflix announced a reversal: they are not going to split off a separate service named Qwickster.  Some might view this as a flip-flop and a failure, but looking a bit deeper we see a quality that keeps Netflix at … Continue reading

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The Power of Pull: Just Win, Baby

This is a review of the book “The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion” by John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison.  Finally I find a book that speaks plainly about … Continue reading

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