Territory Destroys ThoughtAn Open Letter to Jabe Bloom
MARCH 1, 2012
Dear Jabe It strikes me that we humans often like to think. Yet we are still territorial creatures. We are protectors of our territory. territory.
Reading is (Still) Fundamental
JANUARY 24, 2012
recently tweeted this after mulling over the differences I’ve seen while working with various clients. Simon Marcus: COO of the Library Corporation.
Why You Yell At Your CoworkersFundamental Attribution Error
JULY 12, 2011
Manager: We’re way behind, why aren’t you working faster? Manager: None of them have this problem, you’re a lazy whiner! Image by Christian at Redtea
Personal Kanban Wins the Shingo Prize
APRIL 3, 2013
Personal Kanban won a Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence this year. This award is humbling.
Real Decisions or Reflexive Nitpicking: Distinction Bias
JULY 9, 2011
Life is a sum of all your choices. Albert Camus. When I ask you if you would like an apple, you may say “Yes.” And you are happy. That all makes sense.
Id Rather Be A Hammer Than A Nail or Nails Come in Boxes
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Mark Twain If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Whack us.
Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap in Five Quotes: Post 1: There Is No Spoon
DECEMBER 13, 2011
Systems thinking is a major tool in my toolkit when working with teams and organizations. Now, as with most tools, the tool isn’t necessarily to blame.
The Priority Filter A Prioritization Tutorial
FEBRUARY 23, 2010
I finally finished the first Personal Kanban video. There are way too many videos that never made it past the cutting room floor).
Flip My Switch: Standard Work or Soul Crushing Exactness
SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
In Lean there is a concept known as “standard work”. So, we’ve been trying to do this in software for years. Chasing the grail of standard work.
The Sequestering Approach and Personal Kanban
JULY 17, 2009
This is the 9th post in Jim Benson’s Personal Kanban series. Personal tasks are often repetitive or open-ended.
Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap Series: Quote #3I Was Thrown Out of NYU
DECEMBER 15, 2011
Quote #3 - I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final, you know. You think that’s big? It’d be a 110 page title.
The 10 Principles of Social Media for Education
FEBRUARY 20, 2009
After the 10 Principles of Social Media for Business came out, people began to engage us on different real-world applications.
Organizational Entropy and Information Abuse
DECEMBER 27, 2008
Information tells you the right thing to do." I think one could just as easily assert that "information is, by its very nature, oppressive. Systemic.
That Guys An Asshole Two Stories of Information Hoarding
DECEMBER 21, 2008
This is a companion piece to my 10 Principles of Social Media series. This post illustrates Principles 2 and 4. Was the reply, “We hate them!
Social Media Principle #3 Economies Have Currencies
DECEMBER 18, 2008
This post is third in a series of my Social Media Principles. The base post is 10 Social Media Principles. This can be (and often is) very damaging.
Putting Some Lean Planning in Lean Startup
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
This was originally an answer I posted in a Quora group, but I thought I would repost it here with some edits. Read the original, in context, here.
Launching the Personal Kanban Book
FEBRUARY 4, 2011
There are some projects you undertake with the idea that they will be fun and rewarding and, in their course, they become much more. and more.
Just Released: Why Plans Fail: Cognitive Bias, Decision Making, and Your Business.
JANUARY 5, 2012
A few months ago, I wrote a series of posts in this blog about cognitive bias. Those became the pre-writing for this short ebook: Why Plans Fail.
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
(This is part 2 of a 5 part series that starts here ) So, it’s an average day on Dagobah, rainy, hot, humid. This wigs Luke out.
Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap Quote Series: Quote 4-Well, Clarise, have the lambs stopped screaming?
DECEMBER 19, 2011
A good story, especially one that strikes home, can be particularly disarming. You are drawn into it. You feel its inherent truth. Probable?
Dont Slow Down, Just Get It Done
AUGUST 9, 2011
My colleague and I were four days into a field exercise for an environmental impact statement or EIS. They tend to be large and expensive.
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.
Three Podcasts for Personal Kanban
MARCH 15, 2010
Over the last few months, I've had the good fortune to be a featured guest on three different podcasts discussing Personal Kanban.
Celebrate Incremental Victories
MARCH 5, 2010
Life is short. Crap is plentiful. Thus defines the human condition. So we have a few choices. We can focus on either the pleasant, or the unpleasant.
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
When coders have crazy unreadable code its referred to as “spaghetti code.” Single strands of code are impossible to trace through the tangled masses coders can weave. 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.
I Know It When I See It (Anchoring Bias)
JULY 6, 2011
But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.”. Justice Potter Stewart , concurring opinion in Jacobellis v.
One Days Idea is Another Days Waste
MARCH 28, 2012
On my travels through startups and the corporate world I see small to gross acts of negligence. All these actions are waste. But so are the costs.
Speaking from Power in an Uncertain WorldCollaberwocky Episode 3
FEBRUARY 14, 2012
Are you a manager trying to get by in a flat or agile company? Do you find the role of manager repeatedly maligned?
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
Quote 5: Nancy: They wouldn’t send us any money! They said we’d spend it on DRUGS! Sid: We would! That was a simple system. She would need reporting.
Personal Kanban at the World Bank: Modus Cooperandi Info Pak 1
OCTOBER 25, 2009
Personal Kanban at the World Bank - Small Team Rapid Development. View more documents from ourfounder. This is the first in a series of Modus Cooperandi's Info Paks. They are downloadable, and work like a narrative whitepaper. Think of them like graphic novels for business. This Info Pak is best read by clicking the “Full” button above. Web/Tech
The Ballad of the Relentless Optimist
JULY 8, 2011
There are a variety of reasons why this is the case. They are then either surprised or indignant in the future when things do not go as expected.
You Arent The Boss of Me! Reactance and Rules
JULY 8, 2011
Do you like people to tell you what to do? Do you like your freedoms taken away by others? Do you really enjoy someone limiting your choices?
Scotch, Apples and Time to Think
MARCH 16, 2010
What does your company do? Every company does something different, no matter how slight. Even Burger King and McDonalds have their differentiators.
Preparing for a whole lot of Kaizen
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
The last few weeks have been busy. We’ve launched Kaizen Camp which is bustling with activity. Business Cooperation Enterprise 2.0
JULY 24, 2011
Barney McFingers must be fired. It is two in the morning and Lynda is staring at the ceiling. Lynda hates firing people, but the facts are the facts.
Smiles Everyone Smiles! Why You Should Fear the Availability Heuristic and How Subjective Well Being Can Save Us From It.
JULY 22, 2011
Years ago, Ricardo Montalban (known to his friends as Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino) understood that our moods were signals. Right Now!
The Tiger Woods Effect
APRIL 7, 2012
“What metric are you using to incentivize your people to perform?”. Every day we compile who processed the most orders, the winners are broadcast every day – as are the losers.”. Hmm, and how is that working.”. People love it, they are all working as hard as they can to process orders.”. High performers thought low performers were lazy.
Every Task is Sacred
JULY 17, 2009
Post 11 of the Personal Kanban series. One of the primary goals of a kanban is to make value explicit. When a task does not provide value, it is waste.