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 that perfectly illustrates how IT systems, when implemented, can actually make a company less flexible and less able to cope with unpredictable things. Information technology can actually make a company more fragile. Continue reading →
If you are sending information to a group of people, you should FIRST post that information on-line, and THEN you should email everyone about it. Today I experienced a classic violation of this guideline, and while the damage is not huge, it is so pointless. I am documenting this case as an example of what not to do. Continue reading →
By now you have all heard, BPM is dead. It was loved to death, smothered by good intentions. All the vendors claimed to have BPM — and more! The analysts would point to anything vaguely about people doing work, and proclaim it is “just another BPM.” And yet BPM wore so many faces that it was impossible for anyone to clearly identify it. Continue reading →
There is a lot of discussion about what ACM should be, often talking about what a “user” will want. But there are many kinds of users who have many differing needs. To break out of this trap, I don’t use the term “user”. I use the term “case manager” or “knowledge worker” and when I say this, think of something like “artist”. Like author Dan Pink says, knowledge workers are creative people like artists. Continue reading →
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 the top of their market: Agility. Continue reading →
In the process field, we call them “Event Streams”. These are streams of records indicating specific things that happened at specific times. In the Social Software world, they are called “Activity Streams”. Continue reading →
At the Forrester Forum 2010: Max Pucher promises to discuss “the future of process management that is goal-oriented and focused on customer outcomes rather than a rigid flow paradigm.” Max was a contributor to the Mastering the Unpredictable book, so I was interested in finally getting his 30 minute focus on goal orientation. Continue reading →