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Knowledge Jolt with Jack

Theory of Constraints, knowledge management, personal productivity and many more topics

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Making Work Visible by Dominica DeGrandis

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 03:33:15 +0000

My review of Making Work Visible by Dominica DeGrandis. This is another entry in the books about Kanban and the value behind making work visible. In DeGrandis formulation, the focus is on removing the five "time thieves" she identifies early on. 

Is VUCA in the eye of the beholder

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 01:06:41 +0000

I first heard the term VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) five years ago when I started working with a client that epitomizes this view of the world.  It's one of those terms that, once explained, seem to describe the world perfectly.But isn't this just a way of looking at the world?

Upcoming: TOCICO conference (29th) 30th Apr - 1 May

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:59:35 +0000

The TOCICO (Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization) is holding its annual conference in Las Vegas on the 29th April - 1st May with some pre-conference workshops on Sunday the 28th.

RIP Stephen Hawking

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:06:36 +0000

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking, who died 14 March 2018.

Effectiveness and efficiency

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:33:18 +0000

The goal isn't efficiency. The goal is getting the right things done.

Buffers in short

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:16:00 +0000

Eli Schragenheim did a nice TOC ICO webinar the other day on the topic of buffers, "Time Buffers, Stock Buffers and Buffer Management – The Key Insights and Their Universal Use."

DevOps from a TOC perspective

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:38:20 +0000

Evgeny Zislis has a great piece on DevOps Transformation using Theory of Constraints, where he takes us through the 4 Questions for Technology. The short version of the discussion is that it is far too easy for people to apply the tools and outward signs of without fully taking the change on board. And as a result, the power behind that change is never fully released.

Do you know it when you see it?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 23:43:53 +0000

When bringing a new way of doing things to organizations, we often get enamored with the physical or technical changes that support the new way of working. Surely if we have this THING, then we must be doing THAT.   But does this really mean that we have changed?

Are best practices still applicable

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:19:59 +0000

Best practices often get a bad name. But if they ossify into "the way we do things around here" then it becomes very difficult to install new ways of thinking operating and working. Even with all the cool tehcnology we have at our fingertips, the way we work can block many things.

Change: Are you done or doing?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:39:21 +0000

Organizational change requires some of the obvious checklist items, but lasting organizational change requires that the operation and way of doing things. It's a shift from ticking checkboxes to doing things in a new way. 

There are disruptions and then there are disruptions

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:25:03 +0000

Digital tools (and other humans) can interrupt the flow of work. But are they necessarily bad? Can I allow disruptions in such a way that I can still work and get stuff done?

Two (or more) perspectives of change

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:44:52 +0000

Change management is always an entertaining topic. It usually starts with some version of "they don't want to change" and then variations on how to make it work. Thinking about it a little more, it's not that people always resist, but there is something about the change that doesn't work for them or maybe they don't understand. Maybe it's time to step back and take a look at their perspective.

TOC in software

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:51:30 +0000

Andrey Salomatin has started a nice series on Theory of Constraints in software startups: "Systems thinking in management" and "Work hard enough and you won’t finish anything" and "I bet you look good on the plant floor." I'm wondering if there will be more in the series.  

Triggers: Or wearing the world like a loose garment

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:25:05 +0000

Marshall Goldsmith's "Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be" is a great, quick read. I couldn't help but think of "wear the world as a loose garment" as I thought further about the book. 

Wirearchy - from John Husband

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:38:38 +0000

The working definition of Wirearchy is “a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority, based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology”.
— John Husband

John Husband coined the term wirearchy in early days of blogging and social software. I've always liked the concept, but I see I've never explicitly mentioned it here. The concept covers so much ground and links a variety of my interests.  

Hierarchy implies power relationships, while wirearchy emphasizes results relationships. We work together to get things done: I give up something for the greater good. But to do that, I must have that trust and credibility.



The Incredible Transformation of Gregory Todd

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:32:45 +0000

"The Incredible Transformation of Gregory Todd" by AJ Sheppard is an interesting take on the business novel with the guru character played by a young upstart, rather than a grizzled veteran or external consultant. There are a lot of good nuggets, but I missed an overall picture of how the transformation was accomplished.

Whose success do I worry about?

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:39:11 +0000

Paraphrasing a quote: As soon as we stop losing sleep over the success of our business, and start losing sleep over the success of our customers' business, then we will find success. 

Why efficiency

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:27:11 +0000

The Ministry of Ideas podcast has a recent episode of the idea of "(In)Efficiency." It was also excerpted in yesterday's Boston Globe, "Long Before Uber, Efficiency Was Divine." It was informative, but there is a big element that is missing for me: why is the concept so strongly embedded in the way we think - so much that it actually damages individuals and organizations.

Resistance - not so futile

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:07 +0000

Any time you get a response different from what you expect, it is an opportunity to learn. The big question is whether you take advantage of it. Another take on this idea thanks to the Leanblog Podcast, "I consider resistance as additional information (albeit in an unpleasant form).

Email rules, but it need not

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:16:45 +0000

I've had "Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day" by Paul A. Argenti flagged for follow-up since it was posted a month ago. The title is pretty obvious: so many people let email control their work day. This doesn't make sense - it is a tool like any other and should be controlled by the wielder, not the other way around.