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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 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.
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.
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
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.
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)!
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