A personal emergency comes up and you aren't going to be at work for three months. You have one week before you leave. Imagine that you have a high performer in your organization that you consider your trusted backup. The only person you can leave in charge is your trusted backup, but this person is not ready and you are throwing them in the deep end. What are the three things that you would do before you leave to prepare them to be the leader while you are gone?
...we have deployed digital technology to improve analog processes and failed to innovate new processes that are digital. "Becoming Digital" is actually an alien concept to me. I can't remember a time before having a PC at my fingertips. This is coincidental, based purely on the year I was born and consider myself in the first generation of 'internet enabled pre-teens'. This means I was in the first generation to have a social life developed around social media. Among the first popular networks was MSN/AOL messenger, then as soon as I had my university email address I reg
It’s no secret agile projects can fail, but do you know the reasons for agile failure and how to avoid them? I could tell you why I think they fail. Instead, let me share what nearly 4,000 of your colleagues said were the eight reasons why agile projects fail and what you can do about it.
The primary goal of making money for shareholders is at odds with the values of Agile where the primary focus is on delivering value to the customer. In Agile, making money is the result, not the goal. When those two different goals are espoused in different parts or different levels of the organization, there is permanent friction. Unless this issue is resolved, the adoption of Agile at the team level is unlikely to stick.
A 2,500 sq ft Intelligent Mobility incubator is the first confirmed quarter of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip space within the new £8m iCentrum® building. Centro – the region’s public transport co-ordinator – and the Transport Systems Catapult, which is the UK’s innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, have both signed up as joint partners for the specialist [...]
Little FC Midtjylland from Denmark have put statistical analysis at the center of their operations. Recruitment of players and evaluation of matches - it's statistics first. Could they be football's answer to the Oakland A's of Moneyball fame?
Now that Agile is being blessed by mainstream business journals, the inevitable question becomes: is Agile just another management fad? That is to say, an idea that enjoys intense and widely-shared but short-lived enthusiasm without any basis in its actual qualities. The phenomenon is endemic in management. There’s even an acronym, “BOHICA, or “bend over, here it comes again,” to describe it, with each initiative promising so much and each delivering so little. Is Agile just the latest addition to the list?
The typical evolution of HR in organizations used to be as follows.In the first phase the founder or founders do everything themselves. After a while, when the organization has 20-30 people a general assistant is hired. She or he does all kind of general tasks. Making sure there are enough desks and computers. Coordinating recruitment. Taking care someone clean the office at the end of the day. Receive some customers. Around employee number 100 some more specialization is required. A junior HR professional is hired. Or the general assistant is promoted into HR. As the organization becomes big
Gary Bamford's insight:
As is said - "small is beautiful" - so too with HR ;)
Have you got an idea for how to do something better or more brilliantly than everyone else?In the Internet age, it costs about $100,000 to start a company. It’s more common today than a decade ago for founders to fund themselves in order to make an earlier exit. These startups often get acquired earlier on in their lives because they haven’t taken angel or venture capital money, in which case the exit may not be as big, but it can still be attractive.The different stages of investment are known as the seed stage, series A round, series B round, and series C round, with additional
Gary Bamford's insight:
Obviously never heard of bootstraping your way to success?
Indeed, the key to understanding Jazz is not to focus on the individual musicians and what they alone are playing. Rather, the beauty of Jazz is found in listening to how these musicians can create this sense of harmony and connectedness, even while playing what at times might sound more like a competing mixture of contradictions.
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