Revisiting Process – what is the ‘right’ process?

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As many of my regular readers know, I’ve been known to say (and write) that I don’t like process for process sake.  Of course, a good process is a good thing. But…what is a good process? Is it one that works?   One that gets the job done?  Or…is ‘good’ measured in some other form? Of […]

Links for October 10 2010

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Motivation Over Talent and Process by by Jurgen Appelo on NOOP.NL Quote: Processes are not enough to make people more competent. You need motivation first, or everything else won’t work. Estimation in an Almost Agile Shop by John F. Bauer III on Midwest IT Survival Quote: In order to meet a communicated business need within […]

Personal Time, And Business Process Management

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This is a guest post from Elliot Ross.   Elliot blogs about business technology issues for non-technology managers in the small to medium enterprise. Before I go any further, in the context of this post, I am using the term System in the context of Systems Theory that defines that parts may be independent, they also […]

Good People…Good Processes

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I’ve said before that people are more important that process. I’ve said it in many different ways and in many different articles.  After every article, I receive responses from readers similar to these: Processes are important. Processes drive the business to efficiency. Process drives execution. After receiving these types of responses, I always have to go back and […]

Results over Process

Timothy Johnson takes a swipe at methodologies in his post titled “Worshipping the Hammer“.  To be more accurate, he takes a swipe at those people who focus on process & methodology over results.  Timothy asks the following questions: Are you spending more time arguing about process than you are about outcomes? Are you posturing and […]

The Milkshake Moment

Just finished up reading “The Milkshake Moment” by Steven S. Little. This is an interesting, well-written book worth picking up.  It’s easy to read with short chapters and contains some interesting, and at times funny, insights into the world of processes…especially bad processes (those that bind the hands of employees/organizations). The book’s entire premise is […]

Process, Process, Process…

The Daily WTF…that great website that always makes me giggle also makes me cringe.   I giggle at the humorous situations…but cringe at the reality of those situations. The post titled “Slaves to the Process” made me laugh and cry at the same time…because I get to see this behavior daily with clients.  Rather then getting […]

Factors affecting Productivity – IT, Management and Process

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Interesting analysis today over on Jeffrey Phillips’ Thinking Faster Blog in an article titled “Productivity Barriers“. Note: if you have an interest in productivity in this digital age, check out Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload (Affiliate Link)…great book. In the article, Phillips discusses a recent newsletter from IFS (an […]