How do architectures fail? One way is that we make arbitrary and untested assumptions about constraints – so how do we avoid that trap? My recent webinar ‘How architecture fails, and what to do about it‘ (see slidedeck on Slideshare, and full …

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How do architectures fail? One way is that we start architecture too late or finish too early on the realisation-stack – so how do we avoid that trap? My recent webinar ‘How architecture fails, and what to do about it‘ …

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How do architectures fail? One way is that key distinctions between architecture and design can get blurred – so how do we avoid that trap? My recent webinar ‘How architecture fails, and what to do about it‘ (see slidedeck on …

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A year ago, I was at Heathrow, boarding a flight to Australia. My long years of eldercare had at last come to an end: it was time for a restart. It was a good plan. I’d worked on it for …

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Probably everyone knows the RACI responsibility-matrix – Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed. But what does it mean, in practice? For some years now I’ve been using a simple organisation-relative way to describe the organisation’s relationships with the broader shared-enterprise: organisation: the organisation itself, …

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There are four types of checklist. We need all of them in place before any work starts. The first type of checklist is the action-checklist – the work-instruction. It’s a list of tasks, in sequence, step by step, for use with …

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What’s the weight of the past? For me, right now, it’s about two tons. Literally. I moved back to Australia in mid-March of this year. Courtesy of the pandemic-lockdown, every part of my initial plans for the move were shredded, …

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10; 100; 1000; 10000. A lot of things those numbers could apply to, of course, but in this case they’re ballpark figures for the number of hours of learning-based practice that it takes to develop specific levels of skill. (We …

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Our new book is out! – ‘Change-mapping: Connecting business tools to manage change‘. (‘Our’ because it was a collaborative effort between myself and designer Joseph Chittenden, who contributed not just the graphics and layout but much more besides… – huge …

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