Musings

Different leadership styles

Apr 27, 2019

Teams that work efficiently and effectively together and overcome obstacles under pressure and deadlines fascinate me. I always wondered about the key factors that impact the overall collaboration and motivation of such teams: their goal, team’s product and leadership factor. In this article I will focus on different types of leadership and their impact on the team. Here are 3 different leadership styles I’m exploring.

Crossing over

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The decline of Open Space

Apr 16, 2019

When Chris Chapman, a friend and colleague, referred to an article on LinkedIn to explain his growing disinterest in Open Space conferences, I started writing a quick reply. The quick reply soon outgrew the limitations for a LinkedIn response and therefore ended up as this blog post.

First of all: I love Open Spaces, absolutely love them. Second, it’s a shame there’s not more real ones…

Open Space

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Data Quality

Apr 6, 2019

Data is like air, it is all around you, but you won’t notice it’s quality until it becomes hard to breathe.

An organization with bad or questionable data quality has a problem, it is hard to make sound decisions based on bad quality data. In such organizations, confidence in data is generally low. As per one study by Forbes/KPMG, 84% of CEOs are worried about poor strategic decision making due to bad data. To make matters worse, this data quality problem is becoming more severe year over year because of data growth, an average 40%, often driven by digital transformation. Like air quality, data quality should not drop to the level that it is irreversible and cause the organization to suffer.

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Assessing maturity of a technology department

Apr 4, 2019

Our ultimate objective is to help our customers be successful. We have strong opinions on what successful companies look like and what is important for an organizational culture to support sustainable success, but that is a topic for another time. For the technology organizations or departments we work with, our objective loosely translates to

help our customers get the biggest return of their IT investment.

Many organizations put their faith in Agile and DevOps practices to achieve this, but fail to get the results they are hoping for.

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Change: Part 1 - Blame Culture

Apr 2, 2019

When working with some of our larger customers we frequently run into common barriers to change. Change is difficult and, no matter how often we say it, there is no silver bullet for how to get there. However, we can say there are commonalities in approaches, things we’d look for and actions we’d take in response to those findings. When we look at the delivery of IT capabilities within organizations, we often come across the barriers caused by how the teams are organized and, even more frequently, how the organization is working with technology. Developing powerful roadmaps is valuable and greatly helps with generating alignment and a common vision.

In this post I am going to talk through the first of three common organizational problems we encounter and ways to overcome them to better achieve your desired business outcomes. The first of these is called blame culture…

Culture of Blame

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