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By Henrik Mårtensson | In 2011, some of the leading business thinkers and authors wrote a book together. This magazine tracks what they, and other modern business thinkers, are doing today.

What Is To Be Done? (Part 1)

My last post on The Dark Side of Technology definitely seems to have hit a responsive chord. Many of us see evidence of this dark side of technology …

What Is To Be Done? (Part 2)

In my post last week, I made the case that <b>we’ll only be able to overcome the dark side of technology by re-integrating passion and profession. But</b> …

What Is To Be Done (Part 3)

It’s fitting that we reach this third installment of my “What Is To Be Done?” series on Martin Luther King day. He’s an icon of the power of …

The mikado method and non code changes

A common question Daniel and I get when we talk about the Mikado Method is — ‘Can it [the Method] be used outside of the programming domain?’. The …

Programming

More On Why Managers Hate Agile

Yesterday brought bad news for Agile-haters and those, like former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, who sneer at “firms with names like pieces of fruit.” Apple posted the biggest quarterly profit in history, with a net profit of $18 billion in the quarter, handily exceeding the previous records of $16.2 …

Innovation

Why Do Managers Hate Agile?

Why don’t Agile and management get along? In a poll last Wednesday of some 400 people working in many different firms where the practices known as Agile and Scrum are being implemented, 88% reported tension between the way Agile/Scrum teams are managed in their organization and the way the rest of …

Project Management

Falsification - A gullibility defense

"When there is no time to think, you cannot think." Quote by Tim, my 9 year old son. Photo: Henrik MårtenssonUnless you live alone in a cave in the …

Passion at work

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred . . . ; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and …

Passion versus ambition

Article<p>Passion versus ambition Did Steve Jobs have worker passion?<p>November 19, 2014<p>While ambition and drive are sufficient in a world that is …

Clayton Christensen

Lean LEGO – The red brick cancer

Let me tell you two short stories of two Swedish women in their thirties.We will follow them both through their interaction with the Swedish …

Cancer

Is Google Doing Anything New?

In ancient mythology, the Medusa was a face, ringed with serpents, whose very stare turned people to stone. The only hero in the ancient world to survive the Medusa’s stare was the young hero, Perseus, who flew through the air on winged sandals. Perseus succeeded in cutting off the Medusa’s head by …

Creative Industries

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Hillary Clinton said last week in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people …

Economics

Toyota kata in knowledge work – European Lean Educator Conference 2014

This is my slides from the European LEAN EDUCATOR Conference 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.In this session I reflected on the use of Toyota Kata in …

Project Management
Harvard Business Review

Focus on creating right performance conditions, says Statoil VP

Bjarte Bogsnes, the <b>VP of performance management development at Norwegian oil giant Statoil</b>, told HR magazine that HR and finance were often “living …

Standard Of Living

How to learn when you’re playing at scale

Article<p>How to learn when you’re playing at scale<p>September 03, 2014<p>The scalable efficiency model as it has traditionally been pursued—granular demand …

What's The Future Of The Food Industry?

<i>A guest post by Stephanie Denning, who writes about</i> <i>leadership</i> <i>issues from a Millennial perspective.</i><p>The Internet has revolutionized countless industries, from finance to fashion. Now it’s starting to revolutionize the food industry. The biggest change has been the ability to order online. “In 2013,” …

Food

Why smart people get depressed, and what you can do about it

About a week ago I posted an article on the IHM Business School blog about an important, but very taboo subject. At more than 15,000 unique page …

Investing

From CEO 'Takers' To CEO 'Makers': The Great Transformation

Earlier this week, I discussed the problems of share buybacks as delineated in “Profits Without Prosperity,” an article by William Lazonick in the September issue of Harvard Business Review and explained how CEOs, through the pervasive use of share buybacks, have become takers, not makers. Instead …

Governance
Governance

Narratives, Platforms and Movements

Voting period for this idea type has passed<p>Narratives, Platforms and Movements<p>In a world of mounting performance pressure, businesses will need to …

How to choose the right project? Decision making frameworks for software organizations

Frameworks to choose the best projects in organizations are a dime a dozen.<p>We have our NPV (net present value), we have our customized Criteria …

Why gifted people commit suicide

Robin Williams at the Stand Up for Heroes charity benefit in 2007. Photo was taken by John J. Kruzel/American Forces Press Service, and placed in the …

Learning To Ask The Right Question

I have written earlier about the wonderful article by Mark Shead which pointed out how good we are at problem solving and how bad we are at identifying the correct problem to solve<i>.</i><p>In <b>education</b> for instance, there is often more emphasis on teaching than learning. The current test-driven system, …

Teaching