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Processes

Gen Y Leadership Crisis?

Over the last couple of days I have run into a familiar theme several times.  These themes and thoughts sort of coalesced while I was roller blading this afternoon, so now you get to read about it.

Google SearchingWhile I was assisting in the preparation of a powerpoint for a seminar this week I was asked about a poem that was to be copied and handed out during the session.  The organizer only had an old printed version of the poem and said he would simply photocopy it for the group.  My instinctive reaction was, give me a couple lines and I'll google it, copy it into a new page, add some graphics, and there we have it, a fresh, possibly inspiring bit of copy.

Formulaic or Free Form Development?

Design Process 1.jpg As software and applications developers and Managers of the same, I think many of us struggle with the Pros and Cons of the varied development processes available to us.   There are many methodologies available and a simple click over to Wikipedia  will generate a cascade of more pages than you have time to read.

If you have time for a quick straight forward discussion of two points of view, have a read through Matt Ward's discussion "On the Concept of Process" published by DESIGNM.AG.  Matt has written a short discussion that I am sure echoes the experience of many developers and certainly that of myself and many of my colleagues.  

Modern Manufacturing Methods - In Plain English

6Sigma logo_sml.jpgI recently attended a Lean 6 Sigma course with a number of friends which I found extremely useful.  As I continued to read and study the alternate strategies I found myself falling ever deeper into the great knowledge web, link by link by link...

 

Lack of Innovation = Poor Productivity

Innovation_Wordle.jpgJohn Armstrong reported his impression today on Canada's lack of innovation.

After highlighting Canada's drop in productivity compared to the US, and the difference between innovation and invention, he describes four imperatives that he feels business must do if they want to drive innovation:

  1. Develop strategies and approaches to serve your “hardest” customers.
  2. Connect with universities, research centres and entrepreneurs focused on your industry.
  3. Drive an innovation mindset into all levels of the organization.
  4. Make innovation a board-level priority and an explicit part of management’s scorecard.