1 month, 24 days ago

Rethinking RACI

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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11 months, 17 days ago

Models, assumptions, risks and consequences.

Expressing real life situations as mathematical models drive decisions on how to respond appropriately. Assumptions are not facts but do have a probability of occurring. Confidence in a model is an important factor of both the likelihood of the assumptions being correct and the quality and quantity of the data … Continue reading

1 year, 3 months ago

Changes coming

New books, new strategy, new location, for a new decade: that’s me. And with it, big changes coming up for me, all within the first half of the coming year. In late January, there’ll be the launch of the first

1 year, 5 months ago

Things I learned while doing 24/7 eldercare

I’d been sort-of looking after my elderly mother for some years now – the whole of the past decade, probably, though more and more so over the years. Earlier this year it had reached the point where I couldn’t really

1 year, 5 months ago

On power

What is power? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Who has it? Who doesn’t have it? Who should have it? Who shouldn’t have it? And why? – or why not, for that matter – to any of those questions…? Perennial questions indeed, in just about

1 year, 8 months ago

Making sense of complexity: A reframe for SCAN

What’s a simple way to make sense of complexity? For me, the go-to tool for this is SCAN – a visual-checklist to map out uncertainty and complexity relative to a given moment or given action: SCAN has been around for almost

2 years, 3 months ago

Confirming the direction

Yeah, it’s been a while since I wrote anything new here… – kind of overdue for Normal Service Will Be Resumed and all that…? But yes, I am still here, still working, still pushing onward. And gratified to see that, yes,

2 years, 6 months ago

Ability, Capability, Capacity and Competence (and Reality)

Over two years ago I posted a piece describing the characteristics of Ability, Capability, Capacity and Competence. This piece has been read often but was, in hindsight, deficient. Having an understanding of the meaning behind each of the terms is … Continue reading

2 years, 7 months ago

Intimations of arrogance? – an addendum

Carrying on from the previous post, with a bit of an explanation about why I’m becoming so much of ‘a grumpy old guy’… Here’s the blunt fact: I’m not a good thinker. I know that. Too many gaps in my knowledge,

2 years, 8 months ago

Intimations of arrogance from a grumpy old guy?

Okay, I admit it: I’m at real risk right now of becoming a grumpy old guy: Getting snappy at people on LinkedIn and all that. More than a fair bit of that phrase about “Will not suffer fools gladly”. Patience strained