Category Archives: learning

Learning more

If you are looking to do some more learning, may I suggest these resources. Many rooms to visit, many different kinds of resources. It includes people of many persuasions. But all of them, in one way or another, are saying the same thing: “Go, and do. Better than we have done yet, you will do. […]

Productivity Now

The economy is in a bit of a tailspin now. We can help ourselves. If you wait for the Wizards of Washington to help, you might wait for the wrong team. How do we get ourselves out of this jam? We need a simple way, a simple feedback loop, for telling if we are productive, […]

Reading List CSM Sutherland/Little course

We recently led a course in Atlanta, Georgia. Suggested reading included the following: Note: I believe the Amazon images do not show up well if you use an ad blocker or https. ______________________ “The New New Product Development Game” by Takeuchi and Nonaka “The Contradictions That Drive Toyota’s Success” by Takeuchi “The Concept of ‘Ba’” […]

Kaikaku or kaizen? (2)

I recently did a mail/internet survey, asking people what kind of training would be of  interest? (If you would like to respond to this, please tell me.) Someone responded, “How about adopting a continuous improvement approach?” Now, I don’t know what the writer had in mind exactly (although maybe I will learn more). I assumed […]

The primacy of learning

More and more I am taking the view that learning is the central thing about business. What does this mean? First, learning by itself is not that meaningful. It is learning combined with action. The simple dichotomy (between thinking and action) is really not so simple. For example, one of the best ways to learn […]

The Nokia Test (3): Agile Specifications

The third line in the Nokia Test is: “The Iteration must start before the specification is complete.” What does this mean? The first practical goal was to eliminate the analysis paralysis and delay associated with waiting until the specification was “complete.” I don’t know all the details at Nokia, but I have lived them at […]

How to learn more about Lean-Agile

Several people who have taken recent courses have asked: “Where do we find a discussion group where we can learn more about Agile?” Here are some answers: First, find local people. Agile Alliance has a list of agile groups. In fact, the Scrum community has identified its community more broadly and specifically, here. [Not sure […]

Google, Agile and Business Value

Google announced on 4/20/2007 that it earned $1.002 billion in the first quarter. The Net was up 69% from 2006. The sales increase was not too shabby either. Maybe it’s a company we can learn from. (Or maybe they are just lucky.) Google uses Agile. As I hear, Agile isn’t forced on anyone, and many […]

Do we have to use the F-word?

OK, it’s a provocative title. I like to talk about two F-words: Feelings and Failure. This post is about failure and how to use it. I was working inside a firm recently and someone said: “We can’t talk about failure around here. That would hurt our careers.” Ummm. First, let me (apparently) change subjects completely. […]