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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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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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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Collaborating with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Modus Cooperandi has begun a project to help the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) create on-line training courses in distributed collaboration.  Modus joins thought leaders and experts from around the world in building a curriculum that will help workers from FAO and other organizations collaborate from a distance.  The project’s aim is to provide knowledge of patterns, practices and … Read More

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InfoPak 2 – Personal Kanban 101: How to Build Your First Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban 101 View more presentations from Jim Benson. Modus Cooperandi is pleased to announce the release of its second Personal Kanban InfoPak. In Personal Kanban 101: Achieving Focus & Clarity with Your First Personal Kanban we discuss the essentials for getting your board started. Topics addressed include how to establish value stream, backlog and WIP, and why there are … 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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Personal Kanban and the World Bank

Modus Cooperandi is excited to announce our upcoming personal kanban project, where we will use our Personal Kanban techniques in a directed exercise with knowledge workers from around the world.  From the 21st through the 25th of September, Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry will be working with The World Agroforestry Centre and the World Bank to lead their Capacity Building … 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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Sente and Gote in Personal Kanban

Sometimes your relationship to work is initiative based, other times it is reactive.  This is simply the nature of work. It is normal, and nothing – not personal kanban, not GTD – is going to change that. In the game “Go” (“Weiqi” in Chinese) there are balanced strategic concepts for the natural ebbs and flows of taking the initiative or … Read More

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