Category: Great Quotes

Governing Your Governance Process

"Agile software development projects can very likely be shoe-horned into your existing IT governance program. The not-so-easy answer is this likely isn’t a good idea because your existing IT governance program is probably a mess that’s potentially doing more damage than good. Worse yet, you might be so overwhelmed with...

Coopetition and community

I thought I’d close out January with a quote from an article in Harvard Business Review by Thomas J. Tierney (Collaborating for the Common Good, July 2011): Collaboration among competitors is an unnatural act—but sometimes it’s the best way to reduce costs, leverage strength, accelerate scale, or amplify influence in...

Connected Ecosystems Are the Future

“These past few years, we in the design community stopped thinking of the original Macintosh and Sony Walkman as the epitome of good design. They were heroic little things. The gesture of the product shape was beautiful. But by now, design was shifting away from singular pieces of hardware and...

Deep Thoughts

I recently picked up a book on my way through the airport called The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, that billed itself as “a mature Harry Potter.” I’d position it as more of a Harry Potter-meets-Orson Scott Card-meets-C.S.Lewis-meets-Kurt Vonnegut. Some amazing prose inside (and a fantastic storyline to boot), including this...

Developing Cultural Confidence

“Teams that are immersed in a culture of accountability, collaboration, and initiative are more likely to believe that they can weather any storm.” In her April 2011 HBR article “Cultivate a Culture of Confidence,” Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership, provides some...

Leadership, Not Middle Management

In the Jan-Feb 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review, Lynda Gratton wrote a column in which she stated “the classic job of the middle manager will soon disappear” now that “technology itself has become the great general manager.” The article goes on to discuss her research on the technology revolution...

Reaching the Coasean Floor

Funny what you find when you clean out the office. While still at Microsoft, I usually had 3 or 4 books checked out of the wonderful Microsoft library, and as is my habit, I jotted down several notes from my reading – some of which I tried to incorporate into...

Taking the Risk out of SharePoint Migration

Reprinted from SharePointProConnections.com: “The majority of SharePoint migration projects fail because of lack of planning and inadequate resources,” says Christian Buckley, who directs product evangelism at Axceler. “But you don’t know until you try to migrate, then see a failure.” Axceler’s Davinci Migrator for SharePoint 2010 aims to change this...