Modus Cooperandi White Paper: Kanban: Diversity and Optimization of Knowledge Working Teams

Announcing the publication of Kanban: Diversity and Optimization of Knowledge Working Teams – a new Modus Cooperandi White Paper. Late in 2012, we conducted a Board Walk (a site visit where we meet with teams using kanban or Personal Kanban and help them optimize the board and the team itself) at a client in the United States.  There were 15 … Read More

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Spechetti

When coders have crazy unreadable code its referred to as “spaghetti code.” Single strands of code are impossible to trace through the tangled masses coders can weave. When this happens, it becomes incredibly difficult to understand the original intent of the code, the order in which changes were made, and how to go about making things better. This creates something … Read More

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Working with the United Nations

Over the last six months, Modus Cooperandi has had the good fortune to participate in three United Nations projects. The UN’s missions lend themselves well not only to collaborative management, but to lean and social media, too. While the UN will be quick to admit they aren’t early adopters of the last two methods, they are nevertheless appreciative of the … Read More

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Jim Benson on 3 Podcasts Talking Lean and Personal Kanban

Over the last few months, I’ve had the good fortune to be a featured guest on three different podcasts discussing Personal Kanban. In the Yi-Tan calls, we discussed Personal Kanban and Personal Kanban for teams. In the Social Media Breakfast Seattle Podcast, we explored the relationships between Lean thinking and social media. Of course, Personal Kanban comes up there as … Read More

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Personal Kanban at the World Bank: Modus Cooperandi Info Pak 1 Released

Personal Kanban at the World Bank – Small Team Rapid Development View more documents from ourfounder. This is the first in a series of Modus Cooperandi’s InfoPaks. They are downloadable, and work like a narrative whitepaper. Think of them like graphic novels for business. In InfoPak One: Personal Kanban at the World Bank, we discuss the experience we had leading … Read More

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Jim Benson to Teach Enterprise 2.0 in Zurich – Nov 2, 2009

On the 2nd of November, 2009, Jim Benson will be teaching Enterprise 2.0 as part of Somesso’s Leveraging Corporate Social Media in the Finance Sector event in Zurich, Switzerland. The Enterprise 2.0 track is part of our on-going strategic partnership with Dion Hinchcliffe and Web 2.0 University.  Using Dion’s courseware, Jim will be teaming with a German counterpart to tailor … Read More

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Microenterprises and the Enterprise 2.0 Trajectory

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN! What is the curtain?  The enterprise is the curtain. In concurrent posts, SocialText’s Michael Idinopulos discusses killing pilot projects and the true nature of Enterprise 2.0. He explains: Enterprise social software isn’t one application. It’s a range of collaborative modes that includes blogs, wikis, micromessaging, personal dashboards, collaborative spreadsheeting, and social bookmarking. When … Read More

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Enterprise 2.0 is Not an Application

Integration is Enterprise 2.0. This week my friend and colleague Dion Hinchcliffe posted an article on ZD Net describing 14 Reasons Why Enterprise 2.0 Projects Fail. In it he paints a picture of valiant workers surreptitiously cyber-skulking on dank distributed web sites, efficiently working and making money for their companies – all the while keeping an eye out for dagger-wielding … Read More

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How Am I Doing? Measuring Success in Personal Kanban

One cannot choose wisely for a life unless he dares to listen to himself, his own self, at each moment of his life. – Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature Okay, so we’ve gone through several ways kanban can look, be used, and operate. We’ve discussed ways to prioritize work. But we have yet to address how to measure (gulp) … Read More

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The Cumulative Flow Diagram: High Performance Monitoring

In the previous post, we discussed why you would want to measure your performance in Personal Kanban. Today I’ll begin with the most powerful – but perhaps most intimidating – technique. In upcoming posts we’ll look as some less intense methods,  so don’t let this post scare you. In kanban for software design, a “cumulative flow diagram” is used to … Read More

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