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Thanks Jon! Yep, old habits an "truths" die hard, or rather, most forget to challenge the assumptions they make every morning - like "we need org hierarchies", "we need management" and many more. The thing is, last few months there has been a susceptible shift in the market, bad economy, stagnant markets, hard to innovate - seems to have pushed many orgs towards new thinking. No more blue collar productivity to shake out, no more financial engineering gains, no more outsourcing or efficient procuring gains to be found and they're left with "white collar productivity". So now I hear more an more "we need workflow support!", "we want to get rid of management layers!" (even "we don't want managers at all"), "we want our org to be self organising!". This for small, medium and even large organisations like ABB and BBC! I'm very happy with that as it's precisely what Thingamy can deliver, we were only like ten years early :) , but then we're well prepared by now! :D
(This is sort of a summary of some important points from earlier posts. Seems like the world is waking up to a new reality, so time for a recap) Economic growth in the mature economies is lacklustre. That’s annoying at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at thingamy
John, yep you're right there, but think they use the term "effectiveness" differently - measuring the effect of a campaign and all that. That's not about process and value creation flow effectiveness as such...
Welcome to the light side of the divide Paul! What about those term sheets? Are you yet in the Groucho Marx mode ("I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member") where the first thought is "I refuse investors that invest in companies that would accept such terms"? :) Sig
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Bruce, you're quite right of course. Even if I chose to use some examples from healthcare the same issue applies to all work, especially of the Barely Repeatable Process type which applies to all services, health, education and government. In short, the decline affects the economies as a whole, and the budgets, results and bottom lines specifically.
Productivity is a good thing, it translates to more and better results using less resources. That way it even makes for a very "green" argument, plus it has a decidedly positive effect on corporate profits and government budgets. We obviously... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at thingamy
Or the act of hammering a round peg into a square hole without even knowing it. To drive the flow, to enhance the value creation the creator and maintainer of the product must be connected to the user so she/he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at thingamy
The CIO and CTO titles have been around for a bit… And I can sympathise with that, after all IT used to be something magical hard-to-grasp stuff for many in the upper echelons of the organisations. And much of that... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at thingamy
Innovation: "Make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, products or technology" Everything we do is based on assumptions, most of which are never questioned. That's how we're stuck with bad ways and mediocre products, and that's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at thingamy
Humanity has developed by leap and bounds - when we learned to fish the new ample source of protein increased the human chance of survival and forwarded our development, we became smarter and stronger over time. With fire we started... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2012 at thingamy
One day in May 1847 at the First Obstetrical Clinic of the Vienna General Hospital Ignaz Semmelweis instituted washing hands between autopsy work and the examination of patients using a chlorinated solution, and almost immediately maternal mortality rate due to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at thingamy
Fire the managers and purge the language of the term "management". Long live leaders and let everybody manage themselves. Most people manage themselves with great success: they manage to get out of bed in the morning, they manage to get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at thingamy
Go back to your student days and try to remember your best textbooks... They always started out with the basics, then went deeper and deeper. Each chapter led you stepwise through a concept, using examples, painting a picture then rounding... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at thingamy
It all started by John Tropea's post, then the discussion moved onto Google+. My first comment was "I'm still puzzled why all still accepts "organisational hierarchies" as a given... after all they're nothing but frameworks for work processes, of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at thingamy
Ooh, I love a good disagreemnt, and when my friend JP Rangaswami who's views I respect highly, writes a post that I heartily disagrees with I'm tickled pink! It was his views on Gamification and Dashboards in the enterprise that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at thingamy
Just recently "evidence vs belief based management" has been raised again, and that's good, it should be in the forefront at all times if you ask me. The whole thing seems utterly unbelievable, the indisputable fact [sic] that hugely important... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at thingamy
I can just as well be upfront about it and invite ridicule at once: There is no business / enterprise software that is first and foremost built to enable strategies, and thus could be termed "strategic". Let's look at some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at thingamy
McKinsey Quarterly has an article in their May edition - "Preparing your organization for growth" - that yet again reminds me about the total inability to ask the right question. Or question any assumptions at all. If you live in... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at thingamy
Let me start by refining my earlier "who's you customer" post: Primary customer/user: This is where your value delivered is appreciated. It's the daily users and the real reason why you have a business at all. But alas, they often... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at thingamy
I am a bit fed up with the (mis)use of the term 'complex' as an excuse for not doing the right thing. Especially in Enterprise Software: Costs, implementation times and unwillingness to make me something bespoke - "it's because enterprise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at thingamy
Practical use of Information Technology seems to follow the same maturity trajectory as languages. But being a young phenomena IT still has a way to go: It has the words in place, i.e. the data model is often precise enough,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at thingamy
One recent buzzword that I hear a lot is "gamification". Especially gamification of utterly boring Enterprise Software and consumer experiences in commercial transactions. A heroic attempt to solve one of life's mysteries; why work sometimes drifts towards boring and in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at thingamy
"Productive effort, measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input" And I bet you that the next word that is popping up in your head now is efficiency: "Achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at thingamy
A few days ago I had the usual pleasure of reading one of Euan's posts, where there was one paragraph that triggered something in my mind: "On the same day I get an email from a senior official in a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at thingamy
Work relies on, no, consists of two things: brains and hands communication Brains and hands: The appropriate and best-possible ability must be available, that's a good start. But what can brains and hands do unless they know what to do?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at thingamy