Pictures from recent travels

Pictures from recent travel vacation spots, the Grand Canyon (AZ), and the top of Deer Valley ski area (Utah).

Agile Bureaucracy: When Practices become Principles

In Good to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, Jim Collins writes that great organizations work to both preserve their core values and principles and then stimulate progress by adapting as needed over time (this book, written in 2001, still ranks in the top 200 books on Amazon). As with many […]

More than Software: Integrating Economics, Product, and Social Responsibility

We often compartmentalize our lives—work goes here, politics goes there, social responsibility goes somewhere else. This compartmentalization is often schizophrenic, but seemingly necessary in organizational life. But is it, necessary that is? There are a growing number of companies that help people integrate these multiple facets of their lives—companies like Ben & Jerry’s, and yes, […]

Change isn’t Change

We, especially us consultants, preface presentations, blogs, and books with dire predictions about change in the world. What we fail to recognize at times is that change isn’t change, that there are different types of change and we need to have different tools—different levels of innovation—to address each. Three types that come to mind (there […]

Reducing Cycle Time

An increasing number of organizations are moving towards radical reductions in cycle time as they move towards rapid business responsiveness and Continuous Delivery. (I’m trying to reduce my personal cycle time, but that’s another issue.) One mantra that seems to help teams and organizations in this quest is, “If it’s hard to do, do it […]