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Today’s complex world is turning teamwork into “extreme teaming”

Interesting interview in the MITSloan Management Review with Prof. Amy Edmondson, co-author of a new book entitled “Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector Leadership” (published by Emerald).  In it she argues that increasingly innovation requires specialists from across different fields … Continue reading

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Audit your disaster recovery plan

RockDove Solutions are crisis management consultants.  They have a good infographic here that enables an operation to audit its disaster recovery plan.  They quote a statistic that 40% of (mainly small) businesses hit by a disaster never reopen, partly because … Continue reading

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Five disaster myths – who believes them and who spreads them?

I came across this whilst editing the chapter on Crises and Business Continuity for the second edition of our book.  In 1969 DeVille published an article that identified “five disaster myths” – things people commonly believed about disasters and their … Continue reading

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There’s snow business, then slow business, then no business, I know

… at least as far as the railways are concerned.  Train operators, such as Greater Anglia, Southern and Great Northern, have cancelled some services and are running on a limited number of routes as the severe weather sets in.  This … Continue reading

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Project management: waterfall versus agile

Straightforward infographic that explains the pro and cons of the two basic approaches to project management.   Source: http://www.liquidplanner.com

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Risk management and offshoring

This Deloitte report looks at the the risks associated with offshoring and outsourcing.  They identify the risks and how to mitigate them for each of the five stages of their “outsourcing/offshoring life cycle”: Strategic assessment – deciding on whether to … Continue reading

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Hotel asset management – the preoccupation of hotel chain CEOs?

The annual U.S. Lodging Conference is taking place right now in the Arizona Biltmore hotel.  As is usual, there has been a panel of hotel chain CEOs discussing the issues of most importance to them, as reported on here by … Continue reading

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Can the public sector ever be agile?

I have recently blogged about agile project management, especially with regards software development.  This turns on its head many of the conventional ways of thinking about projects, and uses apparently “gimmicky” techniques and jargon such as scrum, sprints, and so … Continue reading

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How innovation fits into the management of megaprojects

Innovation and project management have not always been thought to go hand-in-hand.  Although as a recent blog explained, increasingly the concept of agile project management is being adopted.  In this MIT Sloan Management Review article, Davies et al (2017) argue … Continue reading

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Agile innovation explained in depth plus handy infographic

Great article on Bain & Company website that explains everything you need to know about Agile Innovation.   Plus this handy infographic…

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