Reading is (Still) Fundamental
JANUARY 24, 2012
More and more studies of cognitive science support a concept of ritualized changes in thinking patterns. Employees aren’t expected to keep up on changes to the industry on “their own time.”
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. More or less, its a western ideal. We question convention - even conventions WE helped create. We have free will. We make decisions and act accordingly.
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. It’s the factory floor, the crime scene, ground zero. It’s where the evidence is, the witnesses are, and the location to find clarity.
Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap in Five Quotes: Post 1: There Is No Spoon
DECEMBER 13, 2011
This little change allowed us to create a much more systemic view of each of these previously siloed sections and, therefore, build more holistic and sustainable programs in the future.
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? But large companies can spread the impact of those changing people over a large surface area, if you will. Quote #3 - I was thrown out of N.Y.U.
Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012
JUNE 12, 2012
We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp ,” we are now nearing Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012. (We
Aliens and Your Retrospective: The Will Smith Effect
JULY 12, 2011
Teams in the process of continuous improvement should watch that the Will Smith effect isn’t turning out UFOs, as opposed to real, demonstrable opportunities for change. In 1977 and 1978 there were 1,185 UFO sightings by Brits.
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 is a domain where business process or team process can change from moment to moment. (This is part 2 of a 5 part series that starts here ) So, it’s an average day on Dagobah, rainy, hot, humid.
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. Systems thinking builds powerful process and change on accepted stories about how we work, how we’d like to work, and the challenges of getting from one to the other.
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. Making change and improvement the center of the culture makes change the status quo.
Collaboration over Process
JULY 5, 2011
In 2005, when we ran our first kanban driven project, we had a very different view of kanban - but even then visualization of flow almost immediately started to change how we worked. ( This is the first in a Daily Thoughts series.
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.” Single strands of code are impossible to trace through the tangled masses coders can weave.
I Know It When I See It (Anchoring Bias)
JULY 6, 2011
But if it changes, I’ll just adapt.” If that number happens to change, neither we nor our systems can easily adjust. A change in that number is now no longer merely a fluxuation, it becomes a major upheaval.
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. 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
They system then has to change. Each model, each system, changes how we experience the components of the system. Every time we retime to make the roadways flow, they change theirs just to ruin it!” Quote 5: Nancy: They wouldn’t send us any money! They said we’d spend it on DRUGS!
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. Collaborative creation of rules, of process, and of the rate of change is required for healthy rule creation and adoption. --.
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. . Years ago, Ricardo Montalban (known to his friends as Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino) understood that our moods were signals.
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. This is post 10 in Jim Benson’s Personal Kanban series. Imagine you have a number of tasks that need completing, and you need to visualize the state of each task.
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. Wonderful trips. A lot of flying, but both destinations were wonderfully worth it. I met amazing people, saw the disparate beauty of both cities, got some personal processing done, and even made a little money here and there. .
Whitepaper: Enterprise Mashups Change Everything
DECEMBER 16, 2009
In his post, Chris addresses one of the whitepaper's central points - that businesses today need the ability to rapidly respond to major changes within the business context. Tonianne and I just completed a new whitepaper as part of our association with Hinchcliffe and Company.
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. Change is both external and internal. We change, markets change, the weather changes, politics change.
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
I’m vowing to change that this year and this post is a start. Together with over 100 other people, we will be responsible for changing people’s lives for the better. It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here on Evolving Web.
CoTweets Stored Search Changes How I Use Twitter Overnight
JULY 21, 2009
A week or so ago, I wondered aloud in Twitter if CoTweet would start storing searches and within 24 hours the stored search feature appeared. It is clean and easy to use. You simply type in a search string and the search appears in an “explore” window.
What Does Control Really Mean?
JUNE 26, 2012
We can make small changes and measure their impacts directly. (4) We say that kanban is a visual control , but we also eschew external control (rules) being placed on us by others. So what does control really mean? We when we look at it, we have a lot of depth here. (1)
Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012
JUNE 12, 2012
We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp ”, we are now nearing Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012. (We
Long Live the Community
JUNE 1, 2012
There’s change in the wind and I like it. The Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LSSC) has evolved to the Lean Systems Society (LSS). I was never a member of LSSC, but I am a founding fellow of LSS. 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. I have just returned from Agile 2012 in Dallas, Texas. I was thinking about what my takeaways were. We had a week’s worth of great Lean Coffees, I saw a few really compelling sessions, Joe Justice unveiled the new body style for the Wikispeed car.
Building iKan Without Pain
APRIL 12, 2010
You see, the way things get built is changing rapidly. As we move forward, equity stakes in the product will change as groups of us (or others) work on the product. 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. In a recent coffee with Jon Bach ( Blog , Company ), I blurted out something that I want to explore here.
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. Lately I've received several requests for my most current Enterprise 2.0 toolkit. But now I'm thinking that having a placeholder for future posts is a good idea.
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. I tried to count them – I can’t.
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. What do you need to identify the right small changes to increase the will to work better?
Sente and Gote in Personal Kanban
AUGUST 9, 2009
It is normal, and nothing - not personal kanban, not GTD - is going to change that. Sometimes your relationship to work is initiative based, other times it is reactive. This is simply the nature of work.
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. In both Agile and Lean management there are points called "retrospectives," regular and ritualized moments where a team stops to reflect.
Personal Kanban for Authors
AUGUST 5, 2009
Crowdsource Prep – Jim and Tonianne take the reviewed chapter and address any comments, accept or reject changes from the internal review and release it to crowdsouring. This is the 20th post in my personal kanban series.
Personal Kanban: Tangible Tasks Produce Prioritization
JULY 11, 2009
Whereas context shifts over time for people, what seems important to them also changes. Planning and prioritizing is a wicked problem that has plagued humankind since time immemorial. Corey Ladas Human beings want three things in life: sex, money, and effective prioritization.
Biased about Bias
JULY 8, 2011
I 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. As might be clear from the last several posts, I’m reading a lot about bias right now.
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. Yet conferences rarely provide ample space and time for people to have these conversations. When we actually converse with our peers or with the speakers, we learn more and, more importantly, we retain more.
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). Human are more fun than robots.
Stop Banging Your Tanker Corporate Microclimates
FEBRUARY 18, 2009
One would have to think that a distributed system of power on the boat would have resulted in a few key changes. A microclimate is a small area that has differing weather than the surrounding area. Architects often design buildings specifically to avoid or create a microclimate.