Last Build Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:40:23 +0000
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:48:59 +0000A video about multitasking told from the perspective of a design engineer who was lost in the world of multitasking - it took him four weeks to do a 2-4 day design task.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:11:00 +0000The latest DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast has a great discussion from Julie Zhou, VP of Product Design at Facebook, about creating great solutions to problems. You need to define the problem well!
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:18:26 +0000Steve Holcomb has an article on LinkedIn that describes a nice success story in using the TOC concept of Throughput Accounting to guide decision making and bring a company back to profitability. This reminds me of a similar project I had.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:26:47 +0000How many projects in businesses today are focused on building / implementing a solution without understanding why? Your problem isn't the lack of a solution.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:23:38 +0000Another tool to help knowledge workers get to what they need quickly. I've been trying Atlas Recall over the last month. The general idea is that it sits on your computer (Mac currently, Windows soon) and keeps track of everything you see. And then if you are trying to recall "where did I see X", you can ask Atlas Recall for help. It does exactly that: will show you what you have seen, whether it was on the web or in a chat session or in documents you've been writing / reading.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:40:36 +0000Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine section had a feature on "best places to work" and many smaller articles on the modern workplace. I thought a few of these had bearing on knowledge workers.
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:47:32 +0000Kristin Cox has been honored as one of eight Public Officials of the Year by Governing Magazine. She has presented keynote addresses at TOC ICO, talking about how she has used Theory of Constraints in her work in Utah's Office of Management and Budget. It's nice to see this acknowledged in a public way.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:54:54 +0000"The rule of five" is a new-to-me idea for managing multitasking at the individual level. It's a combination of the task board and the idea of dropping things to the floor. Have an explicit list and keep it in control. Interesting.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:00:58 +0000My focus in "process improvement" circles has to do with Theory of Constraints concepts and approaches, but that doesn't prevent me from appreciating other approaches as well. One of the ideas that comes up in the Lean world is that of Respect for People.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:00:32 +0000I've been involved in knowledge management for nearly 20 years. And over most of that time, one of the most familiar ideas is that we spend 20% of their time searching for stuff. I wonder. Is this 20% of time truly wasted?
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:16:15 +0000My network is not the vast number of people I'm connected to on LinkedIn or Facebook or Twitter.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:05:56 +0000Breakthrough Project Management from Ian Heptinstall and Robert Bolton is a brief guide to getting significantly improved project performance through combining two management approaches: One is Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) and the other is collaborative contracting. For me the material on CCPM is a confirmation of what I have been doing for many years. And the material on Project Alliancing is new, and yet it rings bells for ensuring successful projects of any type.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:41:08 +0000Everyone wants to kill email. I'm no fan of it either, but it does serve a purpose - a purpose that no other tool serves quite as well. Or more specifically, better than any SINGLE tool serves.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:04:42 +0000I came across a great illustration by Henrik Kniberg, summarizing a talk he did recently on the topic of how to create and maintain focus. The blog post is a set of short commentary, all revolving around the three points illustrated: Create slack; Say no; Stop thinking, "I don't have time".
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:18:32 +0000It's 18 October 2016, and it is the annual occurrence of Information Overload Awareness day. It's not like we forget we are overloaded every other day of the year.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:28:47 +0000Advertising is not a topic I normally worry about, but somehow the topic of "Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling" by Josh Weltman goes beyond just about advertising. I like to think that this topic can be thought of beyond purely advertising into other areas where one might need to get people to "buy."
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:02:58 +0000The project management community like to point to examples of really bad project management. Every once in awhile, there are examples of extremely good project management as well. These are all videos, but they get the story across
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:59:57 +0000What does "continuous improvement" mean? What does it mean to you? There is a strong connection to humility and acknowledging that "I don't know". Or at least, I have more to learn.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:41:22 +0000I've always thought the idea of context was interesting. Johanna Rothman thinks so too, "We all start from our own contexts."
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 21:06:04 +0000Depending on who you talk to and where you listen, the Lean and Theory of Constraints communities are either close partners or opposing players in the "continuous improvement" arena. But from my perspective they are much closer to being friendly than opponents.