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Playing with New Year Principles

By on January 1, 2016

Playing with new year principles What is, is. What comes, comes. Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want. It takes freedom to maneuver, it takes extra/free/… strength to stay free Your are where you

Happy New Year!

By on December 30, 2015

Dear all, As an experiment I tried posting on LinkedIn – see “Happy New Year! Think different and break free” by @mortenelvang on @LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/happy-new-year-think-different-break-free-morten-elvang Happy New Year! Br, Morten  

Some comments to ‘Uber moments’

By on December 4, 2015

A colleague shared this on LinkedIn yesterday: http://uk.businessinsider.com/ex-barclays-boss-anthony-jenkins-on-fintech-and-bankings-uber-moment-2015-11 Just a few quotes pulled out – phrases bolded by me: The big question, as Jenkins points out, is whether these huge institutions can move fast enough to get ahead of the

HBR on why organizations don’t learn

By on November 29, 2015

Super article in HBR Nov-2015 by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats: Why organizations don’t learn. Our traditional obsessions – success, taking action, fitting in, and relying on experts – undermine continuous improvement Some highlights … Bias towards success Challenges: Fear

Good news! Sandals and Hawaii shirts not required

By on November 27, 2015

This may be good news to some. To change your ways or working and improve your innovation powers, requires more than endorsing sandals and Hawaii shirts in the corporate environment. It’s about finding news ways of acting that don’t get

Black market for common sense

By on November 26, 2015

In any system that doesn’t make sense you will find a black market for common sense. People who try to get the job done, not because of the system, but inspite of the system. A shadow image of this is

Xmas 2.0

By on November 20, 2015

This is a true story. Little Peter was writing his list of wishes for Christmas and made sure that everything he could possibly imagine and some more got onto the list. In good time Peter mailed his list to Father

Pushing Your Luck – In the right direction

By on November 16, 2015

Imagine you complete a project. Now think of every decision you made and action you took during the project. Think of it as a ‘string of pearls’ – what actually happened. Then think of all possible combinations that could have

Ideal team and organizational sizes

By on November 4, 2015

Open question to Mary Poppendieck Dear Mary, we met at a fish-bowl at XP11 in Rome and discussed team size. I bravely suggested 7 as the ideal number. You gave me a hard time and argued that the ideal was

Granularity matters

By on October 16, 2015

Does this make sense? What the picture tells is that you have a trade-off between job-size and uncertainty. The more uncertainty, the smaller the job. Why is this important? Normally the unknown-unknown is what bites us. In the unknown-unknown quardrant