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Month: February 2017

Waste not, want not

We seem to love waste. We churn out so much of it daily. We create documents on our computer. Then we print them out to review them. After we’ve made our corrections on the printed pages, we go back to the computer to update the document. We throw away the old printed version and print out a number of new versions…

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That’s not agile

You’re not agile if you call your hour-long morning meetings stand-ups. You’re not agile if you call your requirements document a ‘backlog’. You’re not agile if your team sits next to each other but never talk.  You’re not agile if ‘active business collaboration’ means a stakeholder parachuting in once a week and telling the team what to do before heading…

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Weekly round-up

It’s Friday! That means my weekly round-up of articles I’ve found interesting or enlightening during the course of the week. Enjoy! Introduce process only as a last resort – Medium Corporates love processes. They solve everything. Just kidding. No seriously, I’m kidding. Founding Father – Wired Legends – Wired A fascinating article about the “father” of the internet, Paul Baran, and…

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Mental mechanic

You start off small. A little business with big ambitions. Everyone chips in, doing whatever needs doing. It’s easy to communicate – you’re all in the same room around the same table so knowing what’s going on is easy. Your hard work pays off and your product starts taking off. You grow, needing more people and more space to fuel…

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Turn your phrase

Your words are important. Often more important than you realise. Humans developed speech to help us communicate more clearly. We developed languages, bringing order to the sounds and common meaning to the words, to help us convey our thoughts quickly and accurately.

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Evolve or die

Evolution gives us clear guidelines about how the world works. The environment changes, the animals adapt. Those that don’t, die. We must follow the lead. When the world around you changes, adapt to it. The old ways no longer lead anywhere fruitful. In the ever-increasing pace of our current world, the old saying “the only constant is change” is now more pertinent…

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Weekly Round-up

I thought I’d try something different for my Friday posts. There are so many great articles that I read during the week that I thought I’d share some of them to give y’all some reading fodder for the weekend. The Drawback of Shared Services – Goading, the IT Geek. Shared Services are mostly the norm in corporations. Using queuing theory, this article…

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Think wider

We draw our own boundaries. They help us define who we are, where we want to be, what we want to think about, what we’re willing to deal with. We draw a boundary around our route to work because we know it well, feel safe on it and it gets us to our destination in the fastest and most reliable way…

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Change, survive.

During the Cold War, with the threat of thermonuclear war looming, Paul Baran, a 29-year-old engineer working at RAND, became obsessed with figuring out how to ensure that if the Russians did bomb America they wouldn’t be able to kill the entire communications network.  At that time, the major American communications telephone network was monopolised by AT&T and was a ‘hub and…

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