Reading is (Still) Fundamental
JANUARY 24, 2012
More and more studies of cognitive science support a concept of ritualized changes in thinking patterns. more critically.
Innovation for Erratic Meatbags
APRIL 3, 2012
When we encounter stimuli, our brains record it and we are changed by it. Herbert Hoover and Ayn Rand tell us of the rugged individualist.
The Case of Gemba v. Semmelweis
JULY 7, 2011
In lean we are told to “Go to the Gemba” – to walk the floor, talk to the people, and make the change happen. The Gemba is where it all happens.
Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap in Five Quotes: Post 1: There Is No Spoon
DECEMBER 13, 2011
We need to take a regular regimen of red pills to remove ourselves from the system we are actively studying and change our perceptions.
Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap Series: Quote #3I Was Thrown Out of NYU
DECEMBER 15, 2011
The more we grow, the more we change. Which one feels the impact of its constantly changing population? You think that’s big?
Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012
JUNE 12, 2012
Kaizen Camp is July 24-25, again at the beautiful Center for Urban Horticulture. Lean ideals and principles will be discussed.
Aliens and Your Retrospective: The Will Smith Effect
JULY 12, 2011
In 1977 and 1978 there were 1,185 UFO sightings by Brits. When we put our minds to it, we can create just about anything – including UFOs.
Systems Thinking Is Awesome and a Trap Series: Quote #2Remember Your Failure In The Cave
DECEMBER 14, 2011
If people want a set of processes that will not change in the future, that is a trap. This wigs Luke out. What is my impetuous recklessness?
Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap Quote Series: Quote 4-Well, Clarise, have the lambs stopped screaming?
DECEMBER 19, 2011
Stories become the groundwork for positive change. A good story, especially one that strikes home, can be particularly disarming. Probable?
Dont Slow Down, Just Get It Done
AUGUST 9, 2011
Given that the project was underway and had a definite deadline, no one was willing to slow it down or change its scope. Get it done with what?
Collaboration over Process
JULY 5, 2011
( This is the first in a Daily Thoughts series. This is getting back to true blogging. For years, I did not question that principle.
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
When this happens, it becomes incredibly difficult to understand the original intent of the code, the order in which changes were made, and how to go about making things better. Change orders occur. When coders have crazy unreadable code its referred to as “spaghetti code.” This creates something known as “ technical debt ”.
I Know It When I See It (Anchoring Bias)
JULY 6, 2011
If that number happens to change, neither we nor our systems can easily adjust. Justice Potter Stewart , concurring opinion in Jacobellis v.
Speaking from Power in an Uncertain WorldCollaberwocky Episode 3
FEBRUARY 14, 2012
However, each of these shifts has been accompanied by changes in roles – and these changes are rarely clearly spelled out.
Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap: Quote 5-Nancy: They wouldnt send us any money! They said wed spend it on DRUGS! Sid: We would!
DECEMBER 20, 2011
They system then has to change. Each model, each system, changes how we experience the components of the system. Sid: We would!
You Arent The Boss of Me! Reactance and Rules
JULY 8, 2011
Most organizational change or processes come with outside rules that actively and immediately engage reactance behaviors. Photo by Tonianne
Smiles Everyone Smiles! Why You Should Fear the Availability Heuristic and How Subjective Well Being Can Save Us From It.
JULY 22, 2011
It can free us from huge and unnecessary rules or changes to combat the rare, but emotionally painful events – and put them in perspective. .
The Task Based Personal Kanban Approach in Detail
JULY 17, 2009
The task-based personal kanban approach changes the tasks into swim lanes, and allows for a large number of simultaneous tasks.
Milgram and Orwell's Love Child Works at Heathrow
NOVEMBER 12, 2016
The people in front of me seem to be getting a lot of questions simply for changing planes. I woke up this morning in Malmö Sweden. I am coming off a quick set of trips to Cape Town and Malmö. Since Heathrow Terminal 5 was completed and Charles de Gaulle was upgraded, there have been very few reasons to pitch a fuss. It is pouring out. GREAT!
Whitepaper: Enterprise Mashups Change Everything
DECEMBER 16, 2009
Tonianne and I just completed a new whitepaper as part of our association with Hinchcliffe and Company. Management
Unexpected Operational Change: Learning to be a Good Manager Series Post 1
JULY 30, 2011
This change will not only result in the obvious – a very busy time for the staff – but also in the unexpected. We have two choices with change.
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Together with over 100 other people, we will be responsible for changing people’s lives for the better. All my life, I’ve wanted to be a writer.
CoTweets Stored Search Changes How I Use Twitter Overnight
JULY 21, 2009
You simply type in a search string and the search appears in an “explore” window. It remains in the explore window until you delete it. and more.
What Does Control Really Mean?
JUNE 26, 2012
We can make small changes and measure their impacts directly. (4) Communications Control. So what does control really mean?
Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012
JUNE 12, 2012
This year, Kaizen Camp is the July 24-25. Again we are at the beautiful Center for Urban Horticulture. So, no boring food! This year looks even better.
Long Live the Community
JUNE 1, 2012
There’s change in the wind and I like it. LSSC was a very necessary institution to begin talking about Lean in software development.
Ends and Means: Musings on Agile 2012
AUGUST 19, 2012
They are always fun, deep, soul-searching by dedicated practitioners who feel a change coming on in the industry. What was more important was seeing how his expectations changed based on the day. 5. I have just returned from Agile 2012 in Dallas, Texas. I was thinking about what my takeaways were. And that’s exciting. Nope, I don’t.
Building iKan Without Pain
APRIL 12, 2010
You see, the way things get built is changing rapidly. In record time, the Apple Store has accepted our iKan Personal Kanban app.
Time Value of Money and The Psychological Value of Money
FEBRUARY 17, 2010
This is why pre-calculated cash bonuses have been shown to be lousy incentives to effect change in companies. Idealistic? Pedantic? Maybe.
My Enterprise 2.0 Toolkit Q1 2010
JANUARY 18, 2010
I've hesitated writing it down because it really does seem to change from month to month. toolkit. But Evolution is Linux only and not on-line.
Why Project Managers Fail
OCTOBER 20, 2009
While well-intentioned, agile methodologies have not appreciably changed this process. I’ve managed a lot of projects. What does this mean?
How Am I Doing? Measuring Success in Personal Kanban
AUGUST 19, 2009
The beauty of both these messages is that small changes make big differences – if they are the right small changes. Awareness.
Sente and Gote in Personal Kanban
AUGUST 9, 2009
It is normal, and nothing - not personal kanban, not GTD - is going to change that. This is simply the nature of work. Why is this important?
Retrospectives and Personal Kanban
AUGUST 12, 2009
Whether it’s on our own, with our families, or with a team, a retrospective is vital in being able to identify, elucidate, and enact positive change.
Personal Kanban for Authors
AUGUST 5, 2009
Having a life while working on a manuscript is a challenge, ask any author. For authors, stress detracts from the creative process. Through 10.
Personal Kanban: Tangible Tasks Produce Prioritization
JULY 11, 2009
Whereas context shifts over time for people, what seems important to them also changes. The tasks on the cardwall have a shape or a volume.
Biased about Bias
JULY 8, 2011
want to learn why we have such a hard time accepting variation as part of life (change happens), why we have a tendency to over-plan when we know it will lead to disappointment, why we deny that the disappointment has happened, why we blame circumstances beyond our control for repeated failures, and on and on. So … Stay Tuned for more Biase
Why Im Excited About Lean Camp
JUNE 22, 2011
Additionally, changes in the way we communicate and the cost of information storage and dissemination has had profound impacts on the workplace. JUST LET ME LEARN! Hallway conversations are almost always what people peg as their favorite parts of conferences. We are actively engaged in the learning, rather than just being spoken to.
Humans are More Fun than Robots
MARCH 5, 2009
Humans tend to have better senses of humor, they like the same foods you do, and when things change they don’t freak out and kill people (usually).
Stop Banging Your Tanker Corporate Microclimates
FEBRUARY 18, 2009
A microclimate is a small area that has differing weather than the surrounding area. Microclimates can be good or bad. Inspired by muse.