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  • Silos to Systems: Presentation by Lisa Snyder

    Silos to Systems: Our Journey to World Class – presentation by Lisa Snyder at the First Annual Deming in Education conference.   In one of the videos included in the presentation we hear this quote In this model you really are a team of teachers. And that is a shift in mindset a s...

    Tags: education, psychology, video, cooperation, Deming in Education videos, teams, webcasts

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  • Break Down Barriers Between Departments

    Some of W. Edwards Deming’s 14 obligations of management have opponents that argue the reverse is wise. Some believe it is good to “motivate” people by making them fearful, for example. Others believe in selecting suppliers for the moment based on whoever gives the cheapest quot...

    Tags: management systems, 14 points, cooperation, culture, management concepts, organization as a system, teams

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  • Individual Contributor vs. Team Member

    Many people draw distinctions between people who do management-kind of work and people who do  “individual contributor” kind of work.  I’ve been asking if they mean individual work or team member work. Sometimes, they do mean individual work. More often, they mean team...

    Tags: management, MPD, culture, flow efficiency, leadership, teams, transition to agile, value

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  • Connecting with Humans

    I just read Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software. I’m not surprised. That’s because we are humans who work with other human people. I want to talk with people when I want to talk with them, not when some protocol tells ...

    Tags: management, MPD, geographically distributed teams, human, respect, team building, teams, teamwork

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  • Team Agility and Business Innovation: Agile Boundary Paradoxes

    A new study conducted by Censuswide, sponsored by Ricoh Europe, examines the challenges and opportunities in establishing more agile and flexible businesses. Top of the list is regulation (39%), followed by lack of investment in new technologies (37%) and inescapably rigid internal hierarchies (3...

    Tags: innovation, innovation excellence, collaboration, Innovation, agility, teams

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  • When We Understand Our Work and We are Given the Ability to Improve It – We Will

      Jim Benson’s presentation at our 2015 International Deming Research Seminar explored how to manage the workload better to improve results. We want to help people become happy so that they will build better products. We fundamentally believe that happy people do exactly that. ...

    Tags: psychology, respect for people, systems thinking, video, conference presentation, Deming Research Seminar, joy in work, knowledge work, organization as a system, software development, teams, transformation, webcasts

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  • How to Educate for the Future – Not the Past

    Clearly, we need to rethink education. Our kids will face a much different world than we live in now. In fact, a study at Oxford concluded that nearly half of the jobs that exist today will be automated in the next 20 years. To prepare for the future, we need to replace our regimented education s...

    Tags: innovation, innovation excellence, Build Capability, Culture & Values, Disruption, Innovation, Jobs, People & Skills, Communication, education, exploration, Finance, Learning, Medicine, music, STEM, teams

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  • Creating Agile HR, Part 5: Performance Management, the Career Ladder

    One of the big roles of HR is to shepherd the assessment of people and their fit for their jobs. That’s called “managing performance.” Managing performance is about: Creating and curating a career ladder for all jobs. That’s exempt (salaried), non-...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile HR, agile management, Behind Closed Doors, career ladder, teams, value

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  • Creating Agile HR, Part 6: the Agile Compensation System

    I wrote about career ladders in Creating Agile HR, Part 5: Performance Management, the Career Ladder. Once you have a career ladder, it’s easy for everyone to understand the criteria for a given level. That means you can use an “agile” approach to manage compensation. Compe...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile HR, agile management, Behind Closed Doors, career ladder, salary, salary negotiation, teams, value

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  • Creating Agile HR, Part 7: Agile Feedback and Coaching

    What can we make more “agile” in HR? Aside from an agile approach to recruiting and hiring, we can make feedback and coaching much more iterative and incremental. Add in collaborative feedback and coaching, and appreciations, and it starts to look like an agile approach to “mana...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile HR, agile management, Behind Closed Doors, career ladder, coaching, feedback, one-on-one, salary, salary negotiation, teams, value

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