Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks

Despite a relatively long history and plenty of literature on the subject, project management keeps failing to consistently deliver on time and within costs. The usual suspects for these failures are called uncertainties, that ever growing safety margins are unable to absorb. >Lisez moi en français : Performance en mode projet et oubli de tâches Surprisingly, a … Continue reading Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks

Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window

Established companies as well as startups too often underestimate the value of reusable knowledge, fail to capture it, to secure it and to share it. “Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door” is the title of an October 2018 IndustryWeek article by Norbert Majerus urging companies to “Take steps to gather and share your employees' expertise … Continue reading Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window

Management attention as a constraint – Part 2/2

In part 1 of this series, I introduced management attention as a constraint. This second post goes on with more reasons why management fail to pay the necessary attention to the factor limiting the whole system’s performance. Unaware or wrong about the constraint Management attention might be on the wrong things because manager are unaware … Continue reading Management attention as a constraint – Part 2/2

Management attention as a constraint – Part 1/2

A system’s constraint, the limiting factor that is an obstacle to getting more Goal units* from the system, can be pretty difficult to identify (hence the success of my post on the topic: How to identify a constraint?!). *”Goal units” can be money, profit, services to citizens, number of patients treated, free meals served, or whatever … Continue reading Management attention as a constraint – Part 1/2

About Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement

This post is inspired by Karen Martin’s (author of Shingo Research Award-winning book, The Outstanding Organization)  interview by Ron Pereira (Gemba Academy). In this interview (https://www.ksmartin.com/videos/the-outstanding-organization-interview/) Karen explains the importance of Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement. These are the four fundamental behaviors or common patterns in successful organizations, that are strong foundations upon which to … Continue reading About Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement

Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you

If you check the Internet for this quote, chances are that it will be attributed to Confucius. It’s variations can found in many religions and cultures (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule) and can be easily understood as a basic code of conduct in a relationship based on reciprocal respect. Now here is an incoming (unsolicited) e-mail from an unknown … Continue reading Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you

What it takes to achieve your objective: Means, Method and Motivation

When facing a challenge, many subordinates quickly complain about the lack of means and  scarce resources. But what it takes to achieve an objective is more than just means. The common complaints about means Complaining about scarcity of means or resources is a convenient way to push the responsibility of the difficulty of the challenge … Continue reading What it takes to achieve your objective: Means, Method and Motivation

You are entering unclear territory

This post is inspired by some pictures* in Mike Rother’s book “Toyota Kata”, very relevant in our actual changing times and complex situations. I really like the figures that remind that the journey towards a goal requires entering unclear territory at some point. Experience from the military tells that no plan, regardless how carefully it … Continue reading You are entering unclear territory

Did you already SWOT yourself?

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats and SWOT analysis is often used to assess a project, a venture or reflect on the organization’s relative forces compared to competition and business. A SWOT analysis can be done on one’s self in order to get clarity about one’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, before a … Continue reading Did you already SWOT yourself?