Culture

Articles and posts about how culture plays an important role in the success and failure of technology groups and projects

Choose your inheritance carefully

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Culture, News & commentary | 0 comments

Have you ever tried to drive around Boston?  It’s nearly impossible to navigate the narrow, winding streets that meet at odd angles, curve back around, and join in traffic circles that you find almost nowhere else in the country.  Why would any city knowingly design its streets in a fashion nearly impossible to navigate?  Well, there’s an old story, perhaps apocryphal, that the streets follow the old cow paths from the days when the Boston Commons was a cow pasture hundreds of years ago.   If you’re tempted to laugh at Boston, take a step back and first look in the...

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Master the Upcoming Culture Change

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Culture, News & commentary | 0 comments

Let’s be honest –– planning for 2020 sounds like a bit of a joke. There’s a good chance that many of the people who are working in your organization today will have moved on by then –– maybe you, too. So, what do you do with this information? I think these three premises can serve as guides for useful action: 1. Purely technical work will be more commoditized than it is today. With the rise of cloud computing and consumer technology, it will make economic sense to outsource a lot of basic services that offer no competitive advantage to an organization....

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Processes and the People Factor

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Culture, News & commentary | 0 comments

As an IT management consultant, I look at a lot of processes. They’re everywhere. And so are the misconceptions about what makes them useful. Through the years that I’ve been in IT, process has become the default solution for most technical management problems. Projects failing? We need a new process. Trouble prioritizing work? A new process will solve that. Bad relationship with users and customers? You guessed it: It’s all in the process. I think that our attraction to processes is natural. They feel familiar, and a good process shares many of the virtues of good technical...

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