9 months, 5 days ago

Organizations as Systems – Kurosawa, Clausewitz, and Chess

In order to respond appropriately to the context we find ourselves in, it’s helpful that we be able to correctly define that context. It’s something humans aren’t always good at. Not too long ago, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War was all the rage as among executives. While the book contains some excellent lessons that […]

1 year, 5 months ago

Capability Now, Capability Later

In my post “Strategic Tunnel Vision”, I touched on the concept of capability. I discussed how focusing on new capabilities can crowd out existing capabilities and the detrimental effects of that when those existing capabilities are still necessary. I also spoke to how choices about strategic capabilities can trickle down to effect tactical capabilities. What […]

1 year, 5 months ago

Pragmatic Application Architecture

I saw a tweet on Friday about a SlideShare deck that looked interesting, so I bookmarked it to read later. As I was reading it this morning, I found myself agreeing with the points being made. When I got to the next to the last slide, I found myself (or at least, this blog) listed […]

2 years, 2 months ago

Form Follows Function on SPaMCast 381

This week’s episode of Tom Cagley’s Software Process and Measurement (SPaMCast) podcast, number 381, features Tom’s essay on Agile adoption, Kim Pries talking about technology’s gender gap, and a Form Follows Function installment on the fallacy of greenfield development. Tom and I discuss my post “The Seductive Myth of Greenfield Development”. We talk about how […]

2 years, 3 months ago

Form Follows Function on SPaMCast 377

This week’s episode of Tom Cagley’s Software Process and Measurement (SPaMCast) podcast, number 377, features Tom’s essay on empathy, Kim Pries talking about the application of David Allen’s concepts for Getting Things Done, and the first Form Follows Function installment for 2016 on organizations and innovation. Tom and I discuss my post “Changing Organizations Without […]

2 years, 4 months ago

The Seductive Myth of Greenfield Development

Greger Wikstrand‘s tweet from earlier this week packed a wealth of inspiration into one image: The second statement particularly resonated with me: “The present is built on the past.” How often do we, or those around us, long for a chance to do things “from scratch”. The idea being, without the constraints of “legacy” code, […]