Tag Archives: Management

Signature focus

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The focus of signatories on a piece of work rises exponentially as the point of their signature approaches. We sometimes hear; ‘the boss doesn’t read anything until the last minute, and then he wants a load of changes.’ Its frustrating, but its also human nature – the busier we are, the thinner our attention is […]

Dark Matter, Part 2: Articles of Faith

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In the last Razor Cuts post, we wrote about the gaps in expectations – the dark matter between people – the place where unwelcome surprises lurk, but there is a better, nobler, side to the dark matter equation: Faith. Sometimes we work with people who naturally take responsibility, people who have the ability to imagine […]

The network effect in projects

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In 1980 Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of the Ethernet standard for connecting computers over a short distance, developed a theory that came to be known as Metcalfe’s Law: The value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system. Essentially this means that the greater the […]

People are flexible – Systems are not

People are flexible – Systems are not

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People are flexible – Systems are not, but conversely: systems scale – people do not. Pick up a pen and you’re ready to write. You can use your hands to wield a hammer, play a piano, or sooth a sick child. Building and coding a robot arm just to pick up a pen and hold […]