Monthly Archives: April 2013

Proposed Innovation in Financial Management Decisions

I hate to get down on financial managers but why is IRR still being used?  The fact that the presumption of reinvestment at the same cost of capital as when the project started is ludicrous should be enough to convince

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Process Innovation: Critical chain project networks better suited for Agile project management

Whereas critical pathing in traditional project networks helps focus a project on those activities that could impact the delivery schedule, the structure imposed is too detailed, too rigid, and does little to integrate resource commitments. Critical chains integrate resource commitments

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How Mandates Create Fear not Tiger Teams

Tell me if this is the typical scenario when some cross-functional mandate is prepared for release into the “wilds” of your business jungle.  Rumors of the change raise the hackles on necks of each department like the distant roar of

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Let Innovations Flow Across the Enterprise

From my experience in line production, use of external software and especially software provided in a service model, is disruptive to the prevailing paradigm. Competing alternatives were limited to self-hosted or local computing applications. Even when acquired by the largest

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Cloud and VDI as Viable IT Infrastructure Alternatives

At a previous employer, I implemented a virtual desktop environment technique for the purposes of configuration isolation and software IDE isolation. Unmet performance expectations probably contributed to dropping the idea of firm-wide implementation.  Things have since changed. XaaS in the

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I was a Witness to the Slaughter of Innovation

Being a frequent eye witness to status quo bias, I can attest to its artful hypocrisy.   True status quo champions allude that an idea gained their acceptance. Tread carefully! Soon enough the scope and impact begins to shrink and shrink, sometimes

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Implementation is your strongest innovation ally in resetting the status quo

Thinking of new ways to solve problems using tools that are already available is not an unusual ability. But the new means change which we are all wired to reject.  But don’t despair of the human condition.  There is a

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