Do more with what you have!

We need more people. We don’t have enough resources. Every week I hear about the conflict between the number of employees in the organization and the amount of work to do.  The underlying presumption is the organization can accomplish more by adding more people. The problem with this rationale is Read More …

Visual Management Board for Lean IT

A note from my Lean journey A few years ago I was introduced to Lean concepts and principles at work. After several months of studying the topic I realized that many of my professional activities for both managing processes and people already mapped to some of the core components of Read More …

The truth about IT processes.

Part 3 of 3 – The Truth is…. I’ll share some truths about developers, managers, and processes in IT. Writing about processes in business and technology has a gravitational-like pull. I’ve written more on the topic of technology processes than any other topic since I began blogging in 2008. Some Read More …

Monkeys on our back

A tribute to the never ending projects. You know those projects that seem to never end. The projects that extend well past their anticipated delivery dates. The projects that can’t catch a break or that can’t find sustained momentum. These are the projects that become the monkeys on our backs. Read More …

Interactions over Processes (user story template)

The first value statement in the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Mike McLaughlin, of Version One, questions the role and influence the growing agile tool set has on individuals and interactions. McLaughlin states that the capability of Agile based software tools adds scalability and efficiencies, Read More …

Cast the bully out

We have a love-hate relationship with steering committees. Do committees provide value that pays for the amount of overhead they create in workflows? If you are a committee member with voting privileges then the tendency is to support and agree with the both the decisions and procedural steps the committee Read More …

Urgency is a two-face

What’s the goal of your organization? Do this. Ask executives in your business what the goal of the business is. Is it to make market leading products and services? Is it to make and serve customers? Or is it really to make money? Eliyahu M. Goldratt writes in his book Read More …

Are you hiding behind the process?

Some people depend on the process for making results. I was involved in a situation recently where a software defect was found after the production release. A team member was quick to analyze the situation and indicated that the team had not followed all the steps in the process. They Read More …

Be ye not afraid to challenge old ways

This past week I challenged a couple of existing business processes. One thing that I’ve never understood about business environments is why people and management continue to require and support processes that don’t add value to the service and production output of the organization.  I think most people prefer to Read More …

Innovation process?

Earlier this week I had lunch with @Cjack_HC, @ElliotLeson, @Westdene64, and a few others. I joined the lunch late as the group was in the middle of a brainstorming session on creating names for business card designs.  Sounds easy, but I found the task pretty challenging.  It made me think Read More …

Pork Barrel Software

If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I’m all about business process management and efficiency. For better or worse, I spend quite a bit of time thinking about how organizations produce work. A common framework for many businesses to produce software releases is to Read More …