A Product Team should be collaborative, but communication/psychology/flow is simpler if there's a single "leader" who the members report to. (more)
A holon (Greek: ὅλον, holon neuter form of ὅλος, holos "whole") is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. The word was used by Arthur Koestler in his book The Ghost in the Machine (1967, p. 48) and the phrase to hólon is a Greek word preceding the Latin analogue universum, in the sense of totality, a whole. (more)
*Holacracy is a social technology or system of organizational governance (Organization Model) in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being vested in a management hierarchy. The Holacracy system was incubated at Ternary Software, an Exton, Pennsylvania, company that was noted for experimenting with more democratic forms of organizational governance. Ternary founder Brian Robertson distilled the best practices into an organizational system that became known as Holacracy in 2007. Robertson later developed the HolacracyConstitution in 2010, which lays out the core principles and practices of the system, and has supported companies in adopting it. In June of 2015, Robertson released a book, Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World, that details and explains the practices of Holacracy. (more)
My friend David Schmaltz's new book The Blind Men And The Elephant ISBN:1576752534 is coming out. David Schmaltz brilliantly identifies the true Root Cause of the difficulties in project work: "in-Coherence" (the inability of a group of people to make common meaning (Shared Vision) from their common experience)... Schmaltz exposes such oft-cited difficulties as poor planning, weak leadership, and fickle customers as poor excuses for Project Failure, providing a set of simple, project coherence-building techniques that anyone can use to achieve success. He explains how "Wicked-ness" develops when a team over-relies on their leader for guidance rather than tapping their true source of power and authority-the individual. I'm definitely buying it.
Marc Andreessen: It's Time to Build. Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings. This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it’s not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it. (Maker, Innovation) (more)
Neal Stephenson notes the value of Science Fiction in creating a Shared Vision for inventors to execute on. Researchers and engineers have found themselves concentrating on more and more narrowly focused topics as science and technology have become more complex. A large technology company or lab might employ hundreds or thousands of persons, each of whom can address only a thin slice of the overall problem. Communication among them can become a mare’s nest of email threads and Powerpoints. The fondness that many such people have for SF reflects, in part, the usefulness of an over-arching narrative that supplies them and their colleagues with a shared vision. Coordinating their efforts through a command-and-control management system is a little like trying to run a modern economy out of a Politburo. Letting them work toward an agreed-on goal is something more like a free and largely self-coordinated market of ideas. (more)
Normcore is a unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, normal-looking clothing. Normcore fashion includes jeans, t-shirts, sweats, button-downs, underpants, socks, and sneakers. Clothing is considered to be normcore when it is both attractive and comfortable, and is viewed as 'normal' by all people. Normcore is a portmanteau of the words normal and hardcore. The word first appeared in the webcomic Templar, Arizona before 2009 and was later employed by K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group, in an October 2013 report called "Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom". As used by K-HOLE, the word normcore referred to an attitude, not a particular code of dress. It was intended to mean "finding liberation in being nothing special." However, a piece in New York magazine by author Fiona Duncan that began popularizing the term in February 2014 conflated it with what K-HOLE referred to as "Acting Basic", a concept which involved dressing neutrally to avoid standing out. It was this sense of normcore which gained popular usage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normcore
John Thackara on "The Thermo-Dynamics of Cooperation". How do we design work that enhances Tacit Knowledge and embodied knowledge, rather than pretending that they do not exist, or do not matter?... How do we improve the capacity of situations to support these kinds of inter-personal interactions?... Are we sure that the design attention we give to tools for community and collaboration - the "we-ware" - is in balance? Or do we need to think more about the "why?" issues of collaboration? (Collaboration Ware, Knowledge Management) (more)
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