What We Know ...
We've been published and presented on a wide swathe of topics, but we still get the most satisfaction when we can share a lesson learned from experience. Failure was our teacher, we hope we can help save you some pain.
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M&A Success – and the Systems Harmonization Challenge
I’ll steal a bit of the title of an article I’m going to be referencing from Clayton Christensen et al – “The Big Idea: The New M&A Playbook” You’ll note that this article is from March 2011 – and sitting on this side of the decade, I can tell you that the failure rate of …Read More
Hierarchies, Autonomy & Communication
You know how we keep bringing up communication? Marcel Schwantes‘ article in Inc. Magazine really drives that point home. The article cites examples from Elon Musk and Hubert Joly – and the benefit they wanted, and saw, from introducing autonomy to hierarchical organizations, highlighting how detrimental hierarchies can be to the modern organization. Our CEO & Founder made a …Read More
The Great Reset (not The Great Resignation)
Resignation – the word itself conjures images of giving up and walking away – which is why I think we’ve all got this wrong. How about we look at this is an opportunity – we can make it one – and sure, in some cases, you’re still going to want to – and in fact – should quit. …Read More
Riding the Tiger
Riding the tiger is, ostensibly, as all good sayings are, an ancient Chinese proverb. It indicates an action that once taken is dangerous to stop. You could equate this to taking a known risk, or even sunk cost. We see this so often in our work rescuing technology programs that have been going sideways. Everyone …Read More
Yesterday our Founder & CEO posted about seeing more “skill cards” from leaders. Today he wanted to speak more to that. We agree – and we’re not just saying that because he pays us! Skill accomplishment posting are fantastic – and those getting those achievements should be proud of the hard work & dedication they’ve …Read More
Falling, Failing & Flailing Forward
We’ve all heard of falling forward when it comes to entrepreneurship, and innovation. Recently Simon Sinek mentioned choosing different language -falling vs failing – because it matters to shifting our mindset. No matter how much we talk about not fearing failing, that concern remains, especially in larger organizations that continue to evolve what it means to them …Read More
BELYONS OF ROWS!
Let’s talk about selection criteria for that AI\ML platform you’re considering. (ed: yes, I know, I said let’s stop calling it AI\ML, ships turn slow) We’ve been seeing a lot more ads about different AI platforms out there and they’re typically along the lines of “…crunch through billions of rows of data in 9 seconds …Read More
Cultures & Software Engineering!?
Let’s talk about cultures & software engineering! Uh … What? Hear us out. Every company has its unique culture, even if there’s cultural similarities between companies in the same domain or vertical. They’ve developed and evolve over time. Just like most mergers or acquisitions fail because culture differences are not tended to, most software engineering …Read More
Reminder: Take Breaks During Your Work Day!
We’re talking to your schedules today. They’re back to back with meetings – where’s the you time in there? We don’t take breaks at work, especially when we’re working at home. Those long hours working a task staring at your screen slinging code or laboring away at a project are actually gradually reducing your effective …Read More
Artificial Intelligence is Neither
Artificial Intelligence is neither. Let me explain. There’s been growing interest and commentary in the last several years on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and as a wannabe writer, relapsed polyglot, software engineer in remission and AI enthusiast, I would like to share some insights, stop budding AI luddites in their tracks and start a movement to …Read More