Honey, let’s start over: A tale of business kaikaku

When Ian told them what he’d done, they couldn’t believe their ears. He had what!? He had erased every document in the company database concerning hiring and retaining staff. Joan’s deep thoughts on “talent management” simply gone. Gone! “Hey, what about the backups?”, Helen asked. Ian just smiled, “Those too”.

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Was Deming against self-improvement?

I recently blogged about Adaptiv’s peer performance conversations, or PPCs. As a comment to that post, I received a great question from Bob Marshall (@flowchainsensei), which was: “Please tell me how this in any way makes sense in the context of Deming’s 95/5?”. This is my response.

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A User Story Template for Effect Maps

Introduction

If you are into User Experience (UX), you may be using effect maps, also known as impact maps or goal maps, to guide software development towards the intended effects. These maps are used to describe how your business goals will be achieved by helping important target groups fulfill their goals of using your product or service.

If you are using agile software development, you are probably using user stories to describe your features for development using some common template. In this post I will suggest a new user story template, specifically designed to be combined with effect maps.

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Threatened by Extermination: Swedish Leadership Style

LESS 2011

The first day of the LESS 2011 conference is over. I am sorry to report I am not ecstatic after the first day. There were some nice talks and some not-so-nice ones, which is to be expected, but generally I felt that the speakers spent too much time on discussing models instead of working hard on making their talk come alive and be interesting and understandable for their audience. As J. B. Rainsberger (@jbrains), a Canadian master developer, put it one of tweets during the day: “Speakers, please tell me stories. They entertain me more, and they help me understand more”.

There is much to say about the topics of the conference (Organisational Transformation, Lean & Agile Product Development, and Complexity & Systems Thinking), but tonight I am just going to settle on reflecting a bit about something that the last speaker of the day, James Sutton, author and software-systems architect, said in passing during his keynote. He mentioned that from what he had heard about management and company culture in the Scandinavian countries, they were much further along than in other countries. Basically, what he implied is that the these countries have a more sophisticated style of management. Less command and control and more people-orientation.

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Drama på Agile Swedens julmingel

Torsdag 11 december är det dags för det årliga julminglet med Agile Sweden. Då vi har fått ganska många nya medlemmar under året hoppas jag att få se några nya ansikten på plats.

På programmet står några blixttal och därefter traditionell julmat. Eftersom vi befinner oss hos de underbara geekarna på Agical innebär väl detta pizza förstås… Agile Sweden kommer att sponsra maten.

Jag kommer att hålla ett slags “blixtdrama” tillsammans med Ola Ellnestam. Vi provar något nytt. Det blir 10 kaosartade minuter, men förhoppningsvis kommer vi att försöka få fram några poänger också.