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Why IT Projects Fail, part 1

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Right person, wrong job We all too often ask people with little talent for managing projects and clients to do just that. We see those who have a great technical vision and expect them to also have the skills that we in management think are so easy. Unfortunately, just because a developer can be an architect defining the technical vision …

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Stewart Brand showed “How Buildings Learn”, So Why Can’t Software?

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In the end, you can’t know what you will need to have at the onset of your project. You can only get the optimized environment after you’ve lived with it and changed it. It follows that you can’t get an optimized environment for tomorrow’s needs until you change it for tomorrow. So, you’ll never be done; you will always need to make adjustments to your environment, or in response to your environment.

Meeting Marshall Goldsmith

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One of the speaker at OD this week was Marshall Goldsmith, one of the Ken Blanchard guys (and, he said, the father of Kelly from Survivor Africa, a show I must have missed). I had meant to go to another session, but I was talking as is my wont and just decided to stay where I was. It happened to …

Positive Psychology: David Cooperrider’s talk on Appreciative Inquiry

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RE: David Cooperrider’s talk on Appreciative Inquiry at Linkage’s Organizational Summit 2003 in Chicago. Some interesting things I took away from his very interesting talk: Healthy patients (ones that would survive) had 2x as many positive images of the future as negative images. They weren’t all positive, just 2/3 positive in images of the future. Unhealthy patients had a balance …

OD SUMMIT 2003: Talk by Peter Block

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Peter Block had a weird plenary talk this morning. Although let’s face it, this is the reason that I signed up for this conference in the first place. He talked a lot about “having a conversation that we’ve never had before” in business. Our problem, he says, often stems from being stuck in the same conversation again and again. We …

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Risk Aversion and Risk Taking

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We are basically risk averse. Most of the people that you think are going to be risk-averse, are. For example, older workers, workers with seniority, and those in stereotypically risk-averse industries (e.g., retail banking) are more risk averse than others where other variables are constant. INFOSEC got most of its people from banking, and most from a very conservative bank …