The Triangle of Self Organization

The Triangle of Self Organization

The idea of self-organizing teams is at the core of contemporary approaches to managing complex work. It underpins all agile methods as well as other new approaches to corporate governance like Holacracy. Self-organization is, however, still frequently misunderstood as something anarchic, that will just happen if we let it, needing no attention nor guidance. In reality productive self-organization within a …

Guide Networks: How To Involve The Whole Firm In Digital Change

Guide Networks: How To Involve The Whole Firm In Digital Change

For digital transformation to stick, change has to become routine. Yet most companies still struggle with implementation, particularly the sort that requires people to not only adopt new practices but also to rethink more deeply-rooted attitudes and expectations. A new, more distributed approach is needed in complex organisations. At a previous company, I led the turn-around of a business unit …

The Impact of Bad Data in Automation: Why Quality Management is Critical

The Impact of Bad Data in Automation: Why Quality Management is Critical

Can automation work without good data supporting it? The simple answer is very likely to be “no.” Naturally, the next question would be: “Why?” To understand this, we must first consider the impacts that good—and bad—data can have on automation. Automation can come in many forms, but essentially it is taking something that is run manually (by a person) and …

How the Most Successful Companies Effectively Leverage Data and Analytics for Problem Solving

How the Most Successful Companies Effectively Leverage Data and Analytics for Problem Solving

Over the past few years, terms like analytics and data scientist have been on their way to becoming a household name within the world of business. To us data junkies, using analytics to generate actionable business insights is a no-brainer need, as it can significantly help companies improve all facets of the business. This is why we compiled a report …

How Sensors and Analytics are Transforming Traffic

How Sensors and Analytics are Transforming Traffic

By Judith Hurwitz, President & CEO, Hurwitz and Associates In cities everywhere, traffic congestion leads to frustration, lost productivity, inefficiencies in commerce and delays in emergency responses. Traffic is a challenge that has frustrated planners, administrators, and citizens for decades; progress, when it has been achieved, has been very limited. Now, however, a confluence of better and more affordable sensor …

Data science is easy; making it work is hard

Data science is easy; making it work is hard

In the world of data science, there are three core problems: acquiring data, doing the math and taking action. Two of those drive data scientists crazy; the other one they find easy. “Doing the math” is what most people think of as data science. Algorithms, machine learning, cognitive tools, deep learning and the word stochastic are often not far away. …

Transforming the pyramid to an agile org

Transforming the pyramid to an agile org

I recently published a video exploring how an agile team based organization could look like. How does it look like under the hood? In the video I also discussed how you get there. I got tons of great feedback so I decided to provide the content of the video in the format of a blog. If you prefer to read instead of watching …

To Become a More Visionary Leader

To Become a More Visionary Leader, Become Stronger at Visualization

In our research with thousands of leaders, one skill stands out — by far — as the most common improvement area: their ability to sell a vision to employees. Over 50 percent of leaders we’ve assessed struggle to demonstrate this form of visionary leadership, a larger deficiency percentage than for any other leadership skill. Leaders are consistently unable to vividly …

How to build an all-purpose big data engine with Hadoop and Spark

How to build an all-purpose big data engine with Hadoop and Spark

Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark are complex technologies, and how to use these architectures together is often misunderstood by many organizations. Investing in both technologies enables a broad set of big data analytics and application development use cases. Niru Anisetti is program director in the product management team for Spark offerings and next-generation big data platforms at IBM, and Rohan …

A Successful Journey with Data Science

A Successful Journey with Data Science

Sometime around 1850, Jacob Waltz found a gold mine in the southwestern United States. He didn’t tell anyone where it was. No one knows for sure if Waltz actually found a gold mine. Nevertheless, many people have tried to find the gold mine to this day. Just like prospectors who wanted gold for success, CIOs can leverage their enterprise’s data …