McKinsey on Unleashing the Value of Big Data Analytics

Note: This article is updated at McKinsey on Unleashing the Value of Big Data Analytics. Big Data Analytics and Insights are changing the game, as more businesses introduce automated systems to support human judgment. Add to this, advanced visualizations of Big Data, and throw in some power tools for motivated users and you have a…


Management Innovation is at the Top of the Innovation Stack

Note: This article is updated at Management Innovation is at the Top of the Stack. Management Innovation is at the top of the Innovation Stack. The Innovation Stack includes the following layers: Management Innovation Strategic Innovation Product Innovation Operational Innovation While there is value in all of the layers, some layers of the Innovation Stack…


How To Think Like a Microsoft Executive

Note: This article is updated at How To Think Like a Microsoft Executive. One of the things I do, as a patterns and practices kind of guy, is research and share success patterns. One of my more interesting bodies of work is my set of patterns and practices for successful executive thinking. A while back,…


Cuttable Scope

Note: This article is updated at Cuttable Scope. Early on in my Program Management career, I ran into challenges around cutting scope. The schedule said the project was done by next week, but scope said the project would be done a few months from now. On the Microsoft patterns & practices team, we optimized around…


Ten at Ten Meetings

Note: This article is updated at Ten at Ten Meetings. Ten at Ten are a very simple tool for helping teams stay focused, connected, and collaborate more effectively, the Agile way. I’ve been leading distributed teams and v-teams for years.   I needed a simple way to keep everybody on the same page, expose issues, and…


Cloud Changes the Game from Deployment to Adoption

Note: This article is updated at Cloud Changes the Game from Deployment to Adoption. Before the Cloud, there was a lot of focus on deployment, as if deployment was success. Once you shipped the project, it was time to move on to the next project.  And project success was measured in terms of “on time”…


How To Rapidly Brainstorm and Share Ideas with Method 635

Note: This article is updated at How To Use Method 6-3-5 to Rapidly Brainstorm and Share Ideas. So, if you have a bunch of smart people, a bunch of bright ideas, and everybody wants to talk at the same time … what do you do? Or, you have a bunch of smart people, but they…


10 High-Value Activities in the Enterprise

Note: This article is updated at 10 High-Value Activities in the Enterprise. I was flipping back over the past year and reflecting on the high-value activities that I’ve seen across various Enterprise customers.  I think the high-value activities tend to be some variation of the following: Customer interaction (virtual, remote, connect with experts) Product innovation…


Continuous Value Delivery the Agile Way

Note: This article is updated at Continuous Value Delivery the Agile Way. Continuous Value Delivery helps businesses realize the benefits from their technology investments in a continuous fashion. Businesses these days expect at least quarterly results from their technology investments.  The beauty is, with Continuous Value Delivery they can get it, too. Continuous Value Delivery…