What caught our attention in February
Underground projects by R&D employees are a valuable source of innovation... If this work can be made visible — but are missed opportunities for the organization if they are not. (16 min read)
What the most productive companies do differently. According to a new McKinsey report, 1) They capture value from digitization; 2) They invest in intangibles (such as R&D or workforce capabilities); 3) They build a future-ready workforce; and 4) They take a systems approach. (7 min read)
Coaching your team as a collective makes it stronger. No matter how effective employees are on their own, they can only contribute to the real power of the collective if their managers provide them with coaching as a group. (6 min read)
How did Microsoft revive its culture of innovation? The about face was, at its core, a cultural shift, driven by CEO Satya Nadella. He resolved to go on the offense, with an existential commitment, a startup mindset, and bold action. (8 min read)
Why are we so confident our product ideas will work when we know that they rarely do? Organizations and the people in them irrationally and addictively build and release products that often have no real value. But why? (9 min read)
Managing several projects at the same time is a valuable skill at all levels of seniority.
Learn how in our 30-minute webinar with Elizabeth Harrin on Thursday 16 March, 18:00 CET / noon EST.
A core component of making great decisions is understanding the rationale behind previous decisions. If we don’t understand how we got “here,” we run the risk of making things much worse. (7 min read)
Why you should send a weekly summary email. Two headings (Achievements this week + Priorities next week) and 3-5 bulletpoints each make for a deceptively simple productivity and management tool. (6 min read)
The ten ways that the Agile revolution changed society. In The Age of Agile (January 2018), Steve Denning wrote that “An unstoppable revolution is now under way in our society, affecting almost everyone." Five years on, it seems that it is indeed the case. (5 min read)
How AI will transform project management. Artificial intelligence in project management will help automate administrative and low value tasks, but also define and implement projects more successfully. (12 min read)
Efficiency innovation is real innovation. The constraints of the current situation provides an opportunity to be more strategic with our innovation efforts.
(7 minute read)
The minute we trot out the term “tech debt,” everyone is upset but no one is listening. Each conversant assumes they know what we’re all talking about, but their individual pictures differ quite a bit."
— Chelsea Troy, Stop saying "technical debt"