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So, what is your Distrans?

Years ago, a well-respected and rich entrepreneur showed me around his new factory. In a back room a dozen people were analyzing customer requirements, doing complex calculations, and writing contracts. “Do you see these engineers?” the company owner giggled. “They write more in one day than I have written in my whole life! They are more interested in their paperwork than in what we are making in this company.” I have had similar experiences in other companies: a large furniture enterprise, a meat-processing company, an industrial bakery chain …. The owners all wanted me to first know and understand their [...]

2018-04-15T09:20:56+00:000 Comments

Three ways of running your project

In my previous blog I discussed the Project Manager Octagon. Simply put: the project management Control Triangle (Cost, Time, Scope) is by itself subject to external factors that are grouped in the Influencer Pentagon (Customer, Stakeholders, Risks, Quality, Resources). Controlling the Influencer Pentagon is done by a balanced use of the Control Triangle. Tasks are added to the project, a budget for executing these tasks must be approved, and tasks are planned in time.  So far, the project manager seems to have the project pretty well under control, isn’t it? But is this really the case? Well, only in part, [...]

2018-01-28T09:14:24+00:001 Comment

Chagwa

There was a big feeling of pride when I received my personal copy of a new book where my name is mentioned in the credits. It’s not like I feel the book would not have been there without me, but I’m very grateful that my name can go as a permanent endorsement for the content. I’m referring to Chagwa V1.0, the book from Jürgen Van Gorp about “Allowing Change, Agile and Waterfall Projects in the Organisation”. It explains how to combine different methodologies and shows that in the project-world, there is no one-size-fits-all. In my own career, I have already [...]

2017-12-21T07:49:30+00:000 Comments

Our future is circular

Are you happy in your organisational box? Or have you left it for a network, or a community, or even a tribe? Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to speak about the future of our organisational boxes at our  recent Partnership event 'Digital Transformation: what's next?’ A few years ago many people started to ‘think out of the box’ but now I say it’s time to jump out of our organizational boxes. After all, who likes to be put in a box, especially an organizational one? However, still today, many companies draw their organisational boxes and put their employees into [...]

2017-12-06T12:02:10+00:000 Comments

Please don’t put me in a box

Millennials, Baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Z, Sloane Rangers, Yuppies, like it or not and… I do not, we have a need to put people in to boxes. I have had a varied career, including time in the Police and the Military, but I do not talk about myself as being, ‘ex-military’ or ‘ex-police’. Except for the odd blog here and there, I hardly ever mention it. Most of the people in my social and work circle, have no idea about my past, and any police or military history is more likely to be brought up in a conversation by [...]

2017-11-22T09:13:08+00:000 Comments