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‘Organization Development’ Category

Saving the Day What is it about running in and saving the day like the old westerns that companies enjoy.  Why is it we value the Herculean effort to correct or fix the result of poor strategy, poor decision, insufficiently staffed, or poor execution? Could we agree that generally is better to get things correct […]

Hiring and Safety Now, I know that title, Hiring and Safety, probably sounds like this is going to be a work place safety post, but no, that is not what this is. I have been in twitter conversations with John Cutler (@johncuttlefish) about providing a psychologically safe place for employees. A place where the work […]

We have been exploring the connection between the learning organization, organization development and project management, in fact, if you visit the Learning Organization training area https://www.valuetransform.com/lo-od/ you will find the class that ties these concepts together with project management.   In this exploration we have reviewed some of our favorite works by Peter Senge, The […]

by: Shawn P. Quigley & Jon M Quigley Measurements and Bias Solely by the process of observing something we can alter the thing which is being observed. This is a known as the observer-expectancy effect.  This effect is born out of conscience and subconscious biases of the observer.  In the case of observing people, we […]

By Shawn P. Quigley Maslow and Motivation In our previous discussions we have referred to Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation (Hierarchy of Needs) and how this relates to work place motivation. To best continue our discussion we must first review some of the tenets of Maslow’s theory in more detail and dispel the misconception that […]

We take a break from our requirements management run for this blog.  I was talking to an executive about some training for his organization.  He wanted the training to focus on action, on doing (he, in fact, said do, do, do).  He emphasized this very clearly and repeatedly, the action portion of continuous improvement.  This […]

In this series on CMMI (capability maturity model integration) and requirements, we have discussed: understanding requirements commitment to the requirements control changes to requirements traceability of requirements from detail to scope and back inconsistencies, the difference between of what is included and what is being done The processes above work together and amount to managing the […]

Recent events have prompted us to preempt our CMMI requirements management series for this waste of company resources that we can only attribute to an overly politicized work environment and fear.  The downside of functional or siloed organizations is demonstrated in the sentiment “fix your own sandbox”. Complications of the Organization In general, the work […]

Knowing and Committing to Requirements Once we have identified and understood the requirements, we then must gain organizational support for delivering to meet the customer demand.  It does not matter if we are a supplier or taking on a project internal to our company, we will need people to stand behind the endeavor – commitment. […]

Learning and Morbidity & Mortality I have been watching a hospital type show.  That show demonstrated something called a Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference and it occurred to me that some adaptation of this approach would help organizations to bring the learning from the work to the entire company. Learning and Conventional Projects We have […]