Smartphones: Harbingers of Doom

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You’re working on something on your computer, writing an email or composing a blog post, and you glance towards your phone.  You keep working away, but you start glancing more frequently at your phone until pretty soon it’s in your hand and your other work is paused.  Is it FoMo (Fear of Missing Out)?  Is it a bad habit you need to kick?

How does your smartphone/tablet influence your productivity? Continue reading “Smartphones: Harbingers of Doom”

Stupidity: Take Away Their License

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This isn’t a post about DevOps and the ability of organizations to improve customer experiences and provide greater business value. It isn’t about innovation and how it can catapult an organization into the minds of their customers.  No, this post is about stupidity.

Cars, bicyclists, pedestrians and city planners.  I think that just about covers everyone, doesn’t it? Continue reading “Stupidity: Take Away Their License”

Innovation Isn’t Free

And apparently, another note based on a recent tweet.  The McKinsey article, “A CEO guide for avoiding the ten traps that derail digital transformations“, outlines traps that an organization has when doing a digital transformation.  And, like yesterday, I want to focus in on a specific problem that I believe most, if not all organizations, fail to understand. And what is the problem?

Transformation requires money.  Innovation is not free. Continue reading “Innovation Isn’t Free”

Innovation and Design Thinking

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I recently (about an hour ago), tweeted an article by McKinsey entitled “More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value“.  Within the article they ascribe these ten practices to three distinct groupings:

  • More than a department
  • More than a phase
  • More than a feeling

And while each one can be discussed at length, I wanted to concentrate on the first – more than a department – as I feel that it more closely encapsulates the problems with many governments and how they approach innovation. Continue reading “Innovation and Design Thinking”

Focusing Innovation

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Innovation is a funny thing, it can be all around you and yet still be completely hidden. How do you know if something is innovative?  Or better yet, innovative and useful for your organization.  It’s easy for an organization to put out a statement “we need to be innovative, so send us your ideas”.  But this rarely bears fruit.

So how do you come up with innovative ideas that are useful? Continue reading “Focusing Innovation”

Have I Been Pwned?

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I’ve been exchanging a number of emails recently with Troy Hunt.  Troy is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP (no, he is not a Microsoft employee) who specializes in web security.  He also runs Have I Been Pwned? This is a website that goes through various databases of user accounts and passwords that have been exposed through a data breach.

He dropped me a line to tell me that my account had been exposed. Continue reading “Have I Been Pwned?”

Culture of Innovation

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Innovation seems to be a key driver for a lot of organizations.  Those that are in the private sector know that they need to innovate or perish.  Just take a look at all of the brick-and-mortar stores that have closed recently because they could not adapt to the new world.  In the public sector, governments understand that the citizens are more demanding due to what private organizations have given them.

But how do you create a culture of innovation? Continue reading “Culture of Innovation”

Effective Teams

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The Internet is a big place and getting bigger all the time.  Sometimes the information you want, the information you need, is right at your fingertips, but you can’t find it.  Until.  One link leads to another that leads to another and then you find yourself at a Google site that has a Guide: Understanding Team Effectiveness.

And you’ll never believe the most important dynamic for effective. Continue reading “Effective Teams”

Failure

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An article titled triggered this post:  “Past Failure Is No Excuse for Present Inaction“.  The end of the year is time for reflection, time to think about what has happened in the past year and compare it to what you wanted to do in the past year.  For many people, they are content with what has happened but for some, there is a feeling of melancholy, a fear of failure.  Events have not lived up to expectations, or worse, attempts to change were rebuffed or outright rejected. Continue reading “Failure”

Cubicle Farm

I hate cubicle farms and now I know why.  This is one of my shortest notes, just watch this video:  Open offices are overrated.