Tag Archives: Progress

My son at 2 years old, finding out how steering works.

Getting under the hood

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A lot of the web people I’ve met over the last couple of years (designers, developers, user experience people, content strategists, information architects, and so on) seem to love physical products, and not just the latest gadgets – at the upcoming Build 2012 conference for example, there are workshops in axe restoration and leather craft. […]

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 […]

Dark Matter: the unspoken meaning in what people say

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Dark matter is a theoretical concept in Physics, which arose from physicists being unable to account for the behaviour of stars and galaxies from the light, energy and mass that they could see. ‘There must be something else to explain it’ they thought, and so the theory of dark matter was born: a theory that […]

Just say ‘No’ – the key to focus

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‘Focus is about saying No.’ This was Steve Jobs’ most memorable quote from his first public appearance on his return to the helm at Apple in 1997, when he’d spent the previous six months cutting and focusing the Apple product line – returning the company to profitability, and providing a framework to develop the iMac, […]

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 […]

The Problem with Solutions

The Problem with Solutions

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In the race for progress, we often rush for the first solution that presents itself, and rarely spend enough time thinking about the problem itself. Charles Kettering – a man who counted the electric motor, automobile paint, the modern fridge, and the first aerial missile among his inventions –  said ‘a problem well-defined is a […]

The Search for Meaning

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Problems in projects arise from a lack of shared understanding, not (necessarily) a lack of governance. This absence of understanding leads to a lack of meaning for those managing a project; meaning being exactly what is needed to decide how to manage the work effectively.  In our experience, successful implementation is enabled by understanding a […]

Progress Abstraction

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Methodologies can be great – they can provide a framework for progress and success, but they are not guarantees. PRINCE2, MSP, PMP, APM are all frameworks that provide the disciplines to manage projects and programmes effectively through definition (scope, plans), logs (risks, issues, dependencies), and governance (meetings, reports, and so on). At the water cooler […]