Posts: Culture

Be the change

Jun 13, 2019

In context of our attendance at Collision last month, we published a quick survey to validate some of our assumptions about Socrates. While the survey is still open for everyone to provide us with feedback, this post summarizes the results of the first respondents.

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Change: Part 2 - Not seeing the system as a whole

Jun 3, 2019

When working with some of our larger customers we frequently run into common barriers to change. Change is difficult and, no matter how often we say it, there is no silver bullet for how to get there. However, we can say there are commonalities in approaches, things we’d look for and actions we’d take in response to those findings. When we look at the delivery of technology within organizations we often come across the barriers within how the teams are organised but even more frequently, how the organization is working with technology is the bigger barrier. Developing powerful roadmaps is valuable and greatly helps with generating alignment and a common vision.

In my last post I spoke to blame culture. In this post I’m going to talk through the second of three common organizational problems we encounter, not looking at the entire system, and how attaining visibility will help you overcome barriers to better achieve your business outcomes.

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Collision: Day 1

May 20, 2019

During the opening presentation Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out that the biggest challenge for organizations today is the access to talent. In order for companies to put great ideas right into the hands of their customers, they need talent to turns those ideas into reality, to market them and distribute them. Without access to that talent, thousands of amazing ideas can only collect dust on the shelves of neglected game changers…

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Different leadership styles

Apr 27, 2019

Teams that work efficiently and effectively together and overcome obstacles under pressure and deadlines fascinate me. I always wondered about the key factors that impact the overall collaboration and motivation of such teams: their goal, team’s product and leadership factor. In this article I will focus on different types of leadership and their impact on the team. Here are 3 different leadership styles I’m exploring.

Crossing over

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The decline of Open Space

Apr 16, 2019

When Chris Chapman, a friend and colleague, referred to an article on LinkedIn to explain his growing disinterest in Open Space conferences, I started writing a quick reply. The quick reply soon outgrew the limitations for a LinkedIn response and therefore ended up as this blog post.

First of all: I love Open Spaces, absolutely love them. Second, it’s a shame there’s not more real ones…

Open Space

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Change: Part 1 - Blame Culture

Apr 2, 2019

When working with some of our larger customers we frequently run into common barriers to change. Change is difficult and, no matter how often we say it, there is no silver bullet for how to get there. However, we can say there are commonalities in approaches, things we’d look for and actions we’d take in response to those findings. When we look at the delivery of IT capabilities within organizations, we often come across the barriers caused by how the teams are organized and, even more frequently, how the organization is working with technology. Developing powerful roadmaps is valuable and greatly helps with generating alignment and a common vision.

In this post I am going to talk through the first of three common organizational problems we encounter and ways to overcome them to better achieve your desired business outcomes. The first of these is called blame culture…

Culture of Blame

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My journey: Corporate or Startup

Mar 31, 2019

Have you ever wondered how different your career path has turned out to be compared to what you expected? Have you ever asked yourself how much has your environment, network and change of priorities impacted your career aspirations? What are some of the risks you took in your career? And what is stopping you from taking more risks? Asking these questions from coworkers and friends often leads to very interesting conversations. In this article I will share the pros and cons of joining a startup from a big corporation and some tips to make the transition smooth.

Crossing over

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Importance of Criticism

Feb 14, 2019

The past couple of weeks my children had to prepare and present short speeches at school. I encouraged them to practice and provided them some, what I considered to be, constructive feedback. However well meaning and positively framed, it didn’t go over too well. Watching my children learn to cope with constructive criticism reminded me about how we struggle so much with this in other settings.

It also got me thinking about one of the tools I’ve used quite effectively in both individual and team coaching. Sometimes known as the Disney Method but called by the course I learned it at, Tri-Position planning, the tool presents a useful way to help develop a vision and a plan to get there.

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Understanding DevOps

Jan 18, 2019

When it comes down to defining DevOps, the industry itself is guilty of muddying the waters, grabbing every opportunity to turn the newest hot term into a lucrative service offering, regardless of how that term is understood. This has lead to as many definitions as there are opinions with DevOps being described among other things as automation practices, a CI/CD pipeline, a philosophy related to maintaining IT infrastructure and even a job title. However, when Patrick Debois back in 2009 embarked on a mission to bring the Agile mindset to the world of IT operations by choosing Ghent, Belgium as the location to organize the first DevOpsDays conference, my understanding of his intent was:

to decrease time to value supported by solid partnerships and automation practices.

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Observations from the (track and) field

Jan 9, 2019

In 1968 a little-known high jumper, Dick Fosbury, won Olympic gold by breaking with convention.
Traditionally, high jumpers would scissor kick over the bar, and Fosbury encountered much skepticism as he took a new approach - jumping with his back to the bar. While the other competitors focused on optimizing their existing step by step techniques, Dick Fosbury experimented, and by trial and error perfected a successful new approach - the Fosbury Flop. The Flop became the go-to practice, and within a decade, no high jumper using any other techniques has won since.

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Making every team thrive

Oct 16, 2018

As soon as the sun first rises above the horizon in Springtime and melts the accumulated snow and ice, high in the Canadian arctic on Baffin Island, the arctic poppy hangs on to every ray of light it can grab and livening up the rocks it grows in between and on top of. When the sun no longer disappears during midsummer nights, its stem rotates the full 360° so that the flower maximizes the benefits from the scarce warmth and light it needs to grow. The circumstances in the high arctic are harsh such that very few plants or animals can survive. Yet, the delicate arctic poppy has found a way to thrive there.

Arctiq poppy

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