Book Review: Finding Our Way

Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley consists of a number of essays which Meg has written over the years. Some of these are the best I have read about self-organization and team-orientation principles. She has strong arguments why the prevailing command-and-control mode of operation, where edicts are given from […]

Book Review: Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation by Edward L. Deci, Richard Flast is recommended reading for managers, teachers, and parents. How you relate to your employees, students, or children have an enormous impact on performance, adjustment and morale. Empirical research shows that intrinsically motivated performance is superior to controlled performance. Furthermore, contexts that […]

Book Review: The Future of Work

Thomas W. Malone compares in The Future of Work centralized hierarchies, loose hierarchies, democracies and free markets from a business perspective. Tomas describes how the “new order of business” will shape organizations, management and our lives. His basic tenet is that decreasing communication costs influences/enables/drives organizational decentralization. The conclusion is that to be an effective manager it […]

Book Review: Kanban

Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business by David J. Anderson is recommended reading if you are interested in evolutionary improvement of software development. Part 1 of the book gives an introduction to Kanban. Part 2 explains the fundamentals such as limiting work in progress and continuous improvements. Part 3 goes in depth with […]

Book Review: Toyota Kata

Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother is a very interesting book. What I find particularly interesting is the view that an organization’s processes and practices are an outcome of people’s thinking and behavior. The traditional view is that you can control human behavior by defining the processes and […]

Book Review: Future Search

Future Search by Marvin Weisbord & Sandra Janoff is a planning meeting setup involving the whole system. It has been in use since the early 1980s. I find the approach interesting since it flattens hierarchies, broaden the lines of communication, and encourages a dialogue born from the deep knowledge in each person in the system. The […]