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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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My journey: Corporate or Startup

Mar 31, 2019

Have you ever wondered how different your career path has turned out to be compared to what you expected? Have you ever asked yourself how much has your environment, network and change of priorities impacted your career aspirations? What are some of the risks you took in your career? And what is stopping you from taking more risks? Asking these questions from coworkers and friends often leads to very interesting conversations. In this article I will share the pros and cons of joining a startup from a big corporation and some tips to make the transition smooth.

Crossing over

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The Queen's Hyperloop Design Team: a lesson in Systems Thinking

Mar 7, 2019

Last year I was invited to help the Queen’s Hyperloop Design Team improve their chances in the SpaceX competition. They had just been informed that they did not make it into the last round of the competition, so we focused on setting up the team for success going forward.

Queen's Hyperloop Design Team workshop

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Importance of Criticism

Feb 14, 2019

The past couple of weeks my children had to prepare and present short speeches at school. I encouraged them to practice and provided them some, what I considered to be, constructive feedback. However well meaning and positively framed, it didn’t go over too well. Watching my children learn to cope with constructive criticism reminded me about how we struggle so much with this in other settings.

It also got me thinking about one of the tools I’ve used quite effectively in both individual and team coaching. Sometimes known as the Disney Method but called by the course I learned it at, Tri-Position planning, the tool presents a useful way to help develop a vision and a plan to get there.

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