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This sounds very interesting, very wise. I look forward to read the next posts on the topic.
Posted by Matt Wrye at Beyond Lean: Leading Lean – Leaders Must Be Teachers
Being Genuine Requires Honesty – To Yourself
During recent years, leadership has been through a revision: instead of just copying the archetype (or rather stereotype) of a strong leader, any leader is now expected to find and show empathy and even compassion for their sub-ordinates and to give room for individuality. Continue reading
Daniel Breston is an important figure in Lean IT – see the interview with him here and learn how and why he engaged with Lean in IT.
See the video at The Hypertextual: #lis2013 Interview Series : Daniel Breston Continue reading
IT people live in a changing world: new technologies appear all the time, new software versions and short lived hardware means that they must spend a lot of effort on just following all changes – and even more on staying on top of them and be able to advise their customers and users.
During recent years there has additionally been a lot of almost revolutionary activities in the process domain: method based project management, agile thinking, CMMI, IT Service Management/ITIL, and more has been on the daily agenda. And what to do with all the process improvement activities and changes in management philosophies used in the business? How to adapt to all that? Continue reading
The best book available about Lean IT! I suggest that anyone interested in the topic reads this book because it adds that often missing dimension to it: how is the organization actually going to make this work? Continue reading
Posted in Lean Data Management, Lean IT, Lean Service Management, Lean Software Development
Tagged BI, Books, BPM/BPMN, DevOps, Enterprise Architecture, Lean Data Management, Lean IT, Lean Service Management, Lean Thinking, Organization, Organizational Change, Software development, Value, Value stream
“Keep It Simple, Stupid!” is a motto with many followers. The funny thing about the KISS principle is that it sounds right, but it isn’t! Continue reading
Some people have problems with anything that requires patience: they want it all, and they want it now, as Queen was once singing. What does PDCA mean to them?
Actually, PDCA should be the darling of these people, as it will almost for certain lead to getting something almost now, and in the long run they will get all that is possible to get out of it. A traditional project will in any case take a long time and most likely fail.
But still, “continuous” sounds like “endless” and this idea seems too difficult to grasp for a lot of people. Continue reading
Most communication is thoughtless! Or maybe it isn’t, but it is based on simplicity – because a trend nowadays is to believe that a complex message will not be understood.
Simplicity can be great: boiling down a long discussion to its essential meaning and conclusion is often needed in order to even know what that conclusion might be. But trying to save time by jumping right to it is not the way forward. Continue reading
Dilbert is very clear on this topic! Still, I cannot help feeling that it would be a pity if business leaders would stop reading those books on “the rules of leadership”. Some of them never read anything, and maybe some of them are natural talents – born leaders – who cannot learn anything from others. But most of them both could and should… Continue reading
Posted in Leadership, People, Philosophy
Tagged Books, Business, Dilbert, Eliza, HR, Leadership, Philosophy, respect for people, Silver bullet
Good news for those who are hungry for more books about Lean IT and ITIL! Continue reading
Posted in Agile, IT Service Management, ITIL, Lean IT, Teams
Tagged A3 thinking, Agile, Books, Coaching, Continuous improvement, ITIL, ITSM, Organizational Change, Silver bullet, Teams
This evening I did something which is seemingly a bit foolish, but which is nevertheless characteristic for me: instead of reading one of the 200 books I have piled up for future reading I again browsed through one of those I have already read.
I did that on a sudden impulse: what struck me was that even this magnificent book was of the silver bullet kind, proposing a fixed solution to whatever your problem is. Continue reading
Posted in Analysis, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Lean Project Management, Lean Thinking, Learning, Project Management, Systems Thinking, Value
Tagged Analysis, Change management, Continuous improvement, Customer, Gemba, Lean Thinking, Learning, Learning organization, Organizational Change, Process Excellence, Project, Project management, Silver bullet, Value, Value stream, Value Stream Management, Value stream mapping, VSM