I know a man

of immense integrity…

A man who I have seen take unpopular positions, because he saw the hype for what it was. BS…

A man who consistently takes the higher ground, not responding to the provocations of lessor people…

A man who willingly shares his knowledge, contacts and expertise without expectation of return…

A man who put his friends before money, because to him, it was the right thing to do….

A man who loves his family and loves his life….

I know a man inspires me to do better…

I know a man with immense integrity… and he is my friend. Thank you

 

 

…Trust them to deliver

The words no business manager or product team wants to hear….Its the corporate game. You have, just HAVE to use the internal team to deliver your project… there is no other way…. except

This team never delivers, not on time, not too budget, not to spec… and its not just you whining. They’ve been bench-marked…. you got the facts to support you…

Re-frame what you as a the business owner of a high profile, high budget project have just been told by more senior manager.  If you went to the market with a basic RFP and asked this service provider to provide you with a list of references… there would be none. If you asked them to tell you about a time when they had successfully delivered a similar project on time and to budget…they couldn’t…

And you STILL have to “trust them to deliver” ….A lack of candor forbids us from calling this out for what it is…absurd. It’s institutionalized failure on grand scale.

We need to call it, be unreasonable in our demands to the company to actually make the company better, get results and make progress…

 

re-inventing the wheel

Here’s a secret,  most of what we do in the technology space has already been done.  Unless you work for the  VERY small number of companies who are actually breaking new ground, its already been figured out. If you aren’t sure if you work in one of those companies doing those things…here’s a hint, if you you have to ask, you already know the answer….

Knowing this, does it flip your world???   Instead of turning away and trying to figure out how to do the next great something, why not start here…

who has done this before and what can we copy

By copy I mean just that…Don’t take the concept and tweak it. Don’t waste any time on it, think your email server is different from everyone else? What about CRM? ERP? … what if their are no special cases for most things?  What if you could just copy …

there is nothing so quite useless, as doing with great efficiency something that should not have been done at all. Peter Drucker

What would that mean??? Project agility goes up, certainty goes up, costs go down, the business benefits (and its ALL about the business right?)…

And here’s the thing, if , in your search for what HAS been done before, you discover something that hasn’t… you might have actually uncovered something, a true differentiator

The only thing standing in the way of this is us….

 

Assumptions

We run our world on them, but do we owe it to ourselves during these seriously troubling times to seriously challenge them?  I would suggest we need to totally rethink our paradigms, given that some pretty fundamental globally impacting decisions are being made based upon them.

Austerity as a way out of recession has driven global policy, particularly in Europe. The assumption was that the empirical evidence used in it was correct. Ops.  Now you have a situation in which over 50% of young people are unemployed, economies like Greece are retracting faster than ever predicted and a huge amount of social unrest.  Incidentally, while we are talking assumptions, here’s one – that these economies will solve these issues through political and economic means…. i predict not, The last time we had huge social inequality and a ruling class that ignored the masses, revolution occurred.  What is clear to me is that economists don’t actually know what is going on.  Their models are predicated on some structural stability that might be mythical … so its all wrong? Could be..

Next assumption – that banks are safe and trust worthy. Clearly not, these institutions have gotten away with some of the biggest scams of all time, some overtly criminal

These traffickers didn’t have to try very hard. They would sometimes deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, in a single day, into a single account, using boxes designed to fit the precise dimensions of the teller windows in HSBC Mexico’s branches

Others, a massive con, convincing customers that they are acting in their good only to add no value at all…

The entire financial management industry is a rentier arrangement: they skim immense profits and return no productive yield at all.

Would you, as a member of the public be ok if a member of known organised crime ring went into a powerful public position, like the ministry of justice and got some monetary benefit by making that move?  Seems absurd, yet that’s what is happening in the finance industry. Assuming that those in the public sector are working for our good seems naively absurd in today’s world.

What about the assumption that you should go to university, get qualified and you’ll do well in life? Another myth busted by the GFC, leading some to overtly state its not worth it.

Innovation is

So before you embark on your next initiative, challenge everything.

  • Who is proposing it, the people with the most to loose, or those with true intent, it is a rare turkey that votes for Christmas
  • What belief drove the decision you are being asked to make,
  • Is the data accurate ( like Reinhart, Rogoff)

So as a starting point to some new paradigms…economists don’t really know whats going on, banks aren’t trustworthy, CIO’s and IT shops are knowingly hampering your business, education isn’t always the answer, innovation – everyone is talking about it and virtually no one is doing it.