No one wants to make a bad decision. We want to think we’re making the right choice, taking the appropriate action and heading in the right direction.   Sometimes, we don’t make decisions at all because we lack the confidence to act. Often we’re surprised when the outcome is not what we expected…
Minimalism verse growthism  This hackneyed phrase, or variations of it, reverberate so frequently around the echo chamber of business that many accept the relentless pursuit of growth as an incontrovertible ideal. Here is a typical proclamation:  "The growth culture isn't a component of a company's…
The word "portfolio" is from the Italian word "portafoglio", which in 1719 translated to a case for carrying loose papers. Today's definition is much broader but based on the same concept of organising different things into one defined container. In the context of business or organisational…
Stakeholder management is about facilitating interaction between and among people. It is an activity best performed with intention. Done well, stakeholder management involves a number of skills, specifically: discovery, analysis, and diplomacy.   Discovery  Bringing people together in meaningful…
Speed and effectiveness. That’s the ideal communication goal for any successful initiative. It’s not hard to achieve – if the team is disciplined and united. If the team is lazy and fragmented, no sophisticated collaboration app or amount of communication finesse will help.   That’s the first tip…
The word politics has negative connotations for most people. It conjures up scenes of back-stabbing, double-dealing, entrenched positions and just generally duplicitous behavior. But working “politically” doesn’t have to include any of those things. In fact, learning how to recognise and deal with…
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. " — Franklin Delano Roosevelt.      To create brave spaces, spaces that foster constructive criticism and dissent, the fear of confrontation needs…
How can we enable better role switching to create more adaptive organisations?     "A sense of identity is never gained nor maintained once and for all. Like a good conscience, it is constantly lost and regained" — Erik Erikson     Role switching in ant colonies  When an ant colony is presented…
The fundamental product management concept that all adaptive project managers embrace is: knowing your customer. Competent product managers understand that if you don’t know your customer, only luck will determine whether you can create a product that will be accepted and purchased in the…
User stories are a great way to capture product functionality and create cross-team clarity. But, how do you know if your user stories are well-defined or detailed enough? And, the answer, of course, is that it depends. Which probably doesn't help you much. So – what does it depend on?   The most…
Is it time to rethink the change management paradigm?     "If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. " — Kurt Lewin     What if the premise upon which the entire change management industry is founded is wrong? Change management is predominantly based on…
The success of an Adaptive Project Manager (APM) rests on their ability to maintain focus on how their project fits within an organization’s Value Delivery System.   For those who are new to the term, “Value Delivery System” (VDS) is how a couple of McKinsey consultants in 1988 (M. J. Lanning and…


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