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Fix Now or Later?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

When should you fix problems in your business? 

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Topics: Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity, Scrum

Toyota and Scrum Team Characteristics

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 4, 2016

Teams are what get things done in the world of work.

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Topics: People, Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity, Systems & Process, Scrum, Toyota

Scrum - When Size Matters

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Prior to this blog series on Scrum our Strategic Discipline Blog dedicated a number of blogs to Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. In the Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad, we looked at how by fearing big success, you either avoid or sabotage your efforts to achieve it.  Size is an issue if it limits your belief you can’t or won’t achieve what you desire.

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Topics: One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, productivity, Relationship Drivers, Scrum, Teams

Start Sprinting – Plan, Do, Check, ACT

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Since I’ve begun reading  Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland I’ve sent the book to several of my customers. 

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Topics: Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity, Scrum, PDCA

Scrum Origins: Cancer, ATM’s & Worthless Plans

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Mar 7, 2016

In the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” the scene from Omaha Beach reinforces General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s quote, “Plans are Worthless, Planning is Everything.”  

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Topics: Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity, Execution, Scrum

Two Government Disasters – With and Without Scrum

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 3, 2016

If you were over 6 years old in 2001 I’m sure you remember 9/11 all too well.  I recall vividly where I was and the chaos and fear of the subsequent days.  Do you recall what the 9/11 commission determined?

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Topics: Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity, Scrum, 9/11

Extraordinary Results - Purpose, Priority, and Productivity

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity

Twice the Work in Half the Time: Scrum – Dallas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Nov 2, 2015

“Plans are Worthless, Planning is Everything!” General Dwight D Eisenhower.

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Topics: Process/Productivity Drivers, Growth Summit, productivity, Execution

Trust the Process…Or Not. Toy Story 2 Lesson

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Sep 10, 2015

“Disaster is the word he used.” 

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Topics: Process/Productivity Drivers, Innovation Process, Systems & Process, Toy Story 2, Creativity Inc.

Balance Productivity and People

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

With the Growth Summit starting Tuesday and our Gazelles Coaching meetings not beginning until Monday this is a modification of a blog (Subjectivity & Objectivity – Required Business Disciplines) written in September of 2010 and another (Critical Numbers - People/Relationship Drivers)in December 2012 .  Flying on Delta to Las Vegas reminded me of an example we often provide on the critical need for balance in setting priority for your business.  I’ve updated the content to reflect the emphasis to balance the two drivers, people and productivity, in your business.

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Topics: One Thing, Balanced Priorities, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Balance, Balanced Metrics

 

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