A few recent updates

October 13, 2014

I have recently posted three updates on the work environment and communication in my QPIT blog:

1. The importance of messy desks in a creative environment – http://qpit.net/blog/let-them-be-messy.html

2. The problem about communication in open space offices – http://qpit.net/blog/open-space-offices-why.html

3. Stop responding to e-mails and start doing your useful work – http://qpit.net/blog/do-it-once.html



Two posts on Agile and CMMI

September 24, 2014

Two different posts recently on the combination of Agile and CMMI:

1. Can you use CMMI and Agile together efficiently? See http://qpit.net/blog/agile-and-process.html for my take on how they complete each other (with evidence of success)

2. Can you use Agile principles for Process improvement? See http://www.slideshare.net/PeterLeeson/agile-for-process-improvement for the slides on a recent presentation on this topic.



Let them be messy

September 22, 2014

It has been a while since I have posted a blog update. I hope to start up again. My latest post on messy desks can be found at http://qpit.net/blog/let-them-be-messy.html.


Getting the right balance

August 11, 2014

Anomie and Alienation

Finding the right balance between getting staff to follow the standards, rules and processes while at the same time encouraging them to seek and try new and better ways to do the work can be a challenge. How much respect to the established ways of doing things is necessary? How much should they challenge and critique them?

Read more about the problem and possible solution at http://www.qpit.net/blog/achievement-anomie-and-alienation.html



Lines and limits

July 16, 2014

As I grow older, it appears that my eyesight gets worse. I have trouble seeing clear lines, limits and borders. More and more, the world is growing into a single image in which colours and shapes blend and fade into each other. This has some useful aspects (when I take off my glasses, everyone’s wrinkles disappear), but it also has an impact on many different aspects. I can no longer see the clear barrier between right and wrong, black and white: the world becomes shades of grey.

I cannot see who has the absolute, God-given right and who are the horrible people trying to destroy their neighbours between the Israeli and Palestinian nations. From my blurred point of view, they both have good reasons, but have made stupid, aggressive mistakes.

I am not able to see why the European Union is so bad or so good. I cannot understand where is the principle that determined that we should have the benefits but only others should have the burden of membership.

I cannot see why London is good and Europe is bad (if you are English) or why London is bad and Europe is good (if you are Scottish).

I don’t appear to see the lines which are so firmly established between the good political parties and the evil ones, between the good religious beliefs and the evil ones.

I also am not able to identify who are the good guys who, encouragingly, follow their management’s instructions, and who are the “brown-nosers” who jump and do whatever their management says. I am not able to comprehend why management is good/bad or why the workforce is bad/good.

I do not understand the line which separates the need to follow the rules and the need to recommend and implement improvements.

When my children were two or three years old, they always asked “why” about anything. I am now reaching the same point.

Why are you doing something which has no value?
Why are you not doing something which your colleagues need?
Why are you bombing these people?
Why do you believe that your old religious text is right or gives you rights over the rest of the world?
Why do you want more frontiers?
Why do you want to separate yourself from other nations?
Why don’t you want to learn from the discoveries and wisdom of others?
Why don’t you want to share your progress with those who could learn from it?

Maybe it is my work in culture change, quality assurance and continuous improvement which is effecting my mind as much as my old eyes.


Sofia, 15-19 September 2014

July 13, 2014

Strypes proudly presents: Peter Leeson in Sofia. In collaboration with Improving-It.com we created the following events:
15 Sept – Quality Engineering
16 Sept – Risk Management
17-18-19 Sept – Introduction into CMMI!

Additional talks and consultancy available in the evenings…

Register now and reserve your seat (for the early bird price)!



Regional Co-opetition for IT Quality?

June 30, 2014

Can a region with over 350 separate IT Companies and several specialized universities collaborate to ensure world-class quality reputation? This was an interview conducted by Ionut Balan (Mobzine.ro) during the ITCamp2014 in Cluj-Napoca.
More information on quality improvement and collaboration at qpit.net



Pragmatic improvements

June 25, 2014

I have just added two entries in my blog at http://www.qpit.net/blog.html on pragmatic improvement of quality and performance. These include a recording of an interview by David Giard of Microsoft and the (longer) recording of the presentation I gave at this technical conference.
For more information on the yearly technical conference held in Cluj (Romania), please see http://itcamp.ro
For more information on how to implement a practical approach to improving quality and performance in your organization, please contact me through http://www.qpit.net.



June 11, 2014

I was recently interviewed by David Giard of Microsoft, the interview can be found at http://www.technologyandfriends.com/SubText/archive/2014/06/09/tf321.aspx. Otherwise, thanks for following me on this page, but my blog has mostly moved over to my website: http://www.qpit.net/blog.html.



Performance Management 101

March 28, 2014

I have recently started a series of short articles on the generic topic of “Getting Started 101” which talks about the basic principles which need to be in place when starting a programme to improve your organizational productivity, performance or quality. These are posted on my blog at www.qpit.net.

Two articles have been published so far. The first article is about writing a policy that will encourage change and the right attitude and not just publishing requirements to follow standard practices. It can be found at http://qpit.net/blog/getting-started-101-the-policy.html. The second article discusses selecting an effective approach to your project management, and is comparing the approaches recommended by the theories of lean management, agile software development and CMMI-style process based activities; this article is found at http://qpit.net/blog/getting-started-101-process-agile-or-lean.html

Another article should be coming soon on the topic of measuring quality and performance.

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