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A Double Standard Is No Standard At All!

If there's one thing guaranteed to make me mad in the workplace it's the failure of people to follow internal standards or guidelines for internal projects. In the IT world, this appears to be the normal state of affairs. I've lost count of the number of internal initiatives that I've been involved with which have no requirements (documented or not), no clear objectives, no stated business benefit,
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Meetings - Corporate Procrastination

Hands up if you've been in a useless meeting this week. It's Friday, so I'm guessing most people reading this have probably been in several useless meetings by now. If you're very lucky your useless meetings may have been interspersed with some useful activities some which involve people other than yourself but would you call them meetings? I could write a few paragraphs about how you could make
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Redundancy - the Ultimate People Process

In 2006 I was made redundant for the first (and last) time. At the time I was  devastated, not least because I was completely blindsided by the decision. Just a few weeks previously I had my annual performance review at which I "Far exceeded expectations", received a 5% bonus and a 10% pay rise. At that time bonuses were far rarer than rocking horse droppings and pay increases were 0% to 1.5%
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Trials and Tribulations of an External Process Management Consultant

I've spent the last five years outsourcing my process and change management skills and experience. Most aspects of being freelance suit me perfectly well, and I doubt that I'd ever go back to being permanent staff. I used to say that if the perfect job came up I'd consider it - but I've had several perfect jobs as both a permie and as a contractor, and they've generally turned out to be anything but
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A Tough Nut to Crack

A week or so ago I found a link to an article entitled "7 Reasons you shouldn't touch systems thinking" on the thinkpurpose blog. The link was posted by Bob Marshall (@flowchainsensei) on Twitter, and I tweeted back to him that I found the item "profoundly disturbing". His response was "Excellent! Care to elaborate?", to which I answered that I couldn't put my reasons into a 140 character tweet and
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The Madness of Starting Point Schedules

Even the most passionate supporter of the CMM and CMMI families of process improvement frameworks can't help but admit that they have caused organisations and individuals to do some pretty stupid things in the desire to achieve a Maturity Level. I also find it interesting how things I once thought of as super cool, now really annoy me, partly because I never really thought through the implications
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New starters: What a Waste...?

It never ceases to amaze me how poor organisations are at taking on new staff. I don't mean the recruitment process per se (don't get me started on that one), but the set of physical activities that need to take place in order to get a new employee (whether full or part time, permanent or contractor) up and running and being able to contribute to the organisation in as profitable manner as possible. I'm
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Where waste is rife but apparently acceptable

This blog entry may not sit easy with some readers but will have others nodding their heads in sad agreement. In the current recessional climate, many large organisations are bending over backwards to divest themselves of their staff. Loyal, hardworking and smart people are being laid off in their scores and face an uncertain and uncomfortable future. At the same time, those left behind appear to
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