Positional Power and Unintended Influence

It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed ~ Joe Walsh It was spring. That winter, like this last one, had been harsh. Internally, my client was trying to lead his company to change…to a better tomorrow. He had been working to give his people more autonomy, more agency, and more internal influence. He … Read More

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The Ambiguity Business

As I sit here, rapidly nearing my 50th birthday, I look back at the companies and government agencies I’ve worked for and the companies I’ve managed or owned and operated. I find that work is heaven and work is hell. It’s uplifting and it’s stressful. It’s rewarding and it can certainly be defeating. Companies are made up of people. We … Read More

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Lunch&Learns Solve Team Training Problems

Do you have limited training budget? Do you have a distributed team? Do you have an immediate training need and can’t spare an entire day or two or three? Welcome to the real world. Last year we noticed that most of our clients had at least two, if not all three of these issues, so we started a program we … Read More

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How We Do Business: Sample After Action Report

When we work with a team for a week, we learn a surprising amount about how the team works, the company’s relationships, the products, and the needs of the organizations. Anyone that’s worked with Modus knows our After Action Reports (AARs) can become quite detailed. Some have been over 50 pages. We thought it might be helpful to show people … Read More

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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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Three Questions on Deadlines #2–Jon Moore

We asked our three questions on deadlines of Jon Moore, Technical Fellow and Chief Engineer at Comcast Interactive Media:   Q1: Do deadlines empower your teams? I’ve found that deadlines can cut both ways. On the one hand, an achievable but challenging deadline can really get teams to focus; on the other, a seemingly impossible deadline can crush morale. Having … Read More

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Three Questions on Deadlines–Asking the industry

Deadlines … we govern by them, talk a lot about them, gripe about them. But do we use them effectively? Deadlines are grave … in fact their original use was quite literal: … And he, the said Wirz, still wickedly pursuing his evil purpose, did establish and cause to be designated within the prison enclosure containing said prisoners a “dead … Read More

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Three Questions on Deadlines #1–Jason Montague

As part of our Deadlines Interview Series, We asked Jason Montague, Director of Application Development at R.W. Baird in Milwaukee, three questions about deadlines:   Q1: Do deadlines empower your teams? Wow.  You went right for the jugular on this topic, didn’t you. Unfortunately, the short answer is YES, I do feel deadlines empower our teams, but NOT in the way … Read More

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Lean Coffee–Value Through Flexibility and Democracy

In late 2012, Modus Press will be releasing a book on Lean Meetings.  At the core of this is a tool we use called Lean Coffee. Where it came from In 2009, Jeremy Lightsmith and I were sitting at a coffee shop wondering about how to start a new Lean-thinking community of practice in Seattle. This sounded like a great … Read More

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Process Lies

Our processes are never exact, change and continuous improvement are key to success.

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