Summary: Executive participation is required to make strategy-based initiatives happen successfully, and without it the strategy will be hobbled or blocked completely. In other words, you cannot be a hands off executive if you want to see your strategy succeed. Something that really caught my attention in the past has been the fast and loose […]
This article cracks me up. I heard recently that the company that I left in 2014 has over 150 separate AWS accounts, all started independently by business divisions in pursuit of agility. I’m sure they’re agile. I’m also sure that they manage to leave tens of millions of dollars on the table because of their […]
Wait, what? Did you hear a “No” in your group? Is that person saying “no” a negative person who will drag the rest of your team down and infect them with doubt? Maybe your team will turn on that person, and burn them out of the picture. It happens all the time. Lots of leaders refuse […]
You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis | TechCrunch. Great article, told from a coder’s viewpoint. So many languages, libraries and frameworks is a real problem. What it missed is the effect on operations. Here’s a common scenario for large, nimble organizations. Let’s say there are 300 developers, in 50 teams, in 5 divisions […]
This article – How to debunk false beliefs without having it backfire – Vox. The fundamental guidance here is to – “Affirm that they’re not idiots… [so] that they don’t feel attacked” – I’ll add that you can never convince anyone of anything by treating them like idiots, let alone your sponsors “… you can avoid […]
I just went through a day of information gathering to see what this SAFe thing was all about and have come away with real, actionable, well balanced knowledge about large scale digital work management. The Scaled Agile Framework is just that, a framework, and like ITIL should only be used as a framework to start […]
Presented without comment – The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn’t Really Exist – Businessweek.
It’s all about a phenomenon called “the frozen middle”. This wasn’t that big a deal in the 2 startups that I’ve worked with, but in a large company the middle managers make a complex network of crossing accountabilities & dependencies that have to be traced & addressed before they will feel comfortable about signing up for […]