The art of decision making

I have this idea of a probably mythical time in the history of office work. A point in time a few years before my own career began when computers were present but were still the preserve of typists. Tools used exclusively by specialist, trained workers. When the average desk was reserved for paper, a Rolodex … Continue reading The art of decision making

Decomposing collaboration

"Collaboration" - a term bandied about liberally yet rarely precisely defined. Over the past few years it's been a subject that I've spent a great deal of time grappling with for various clients. A great deal of that work is summarized here: I've thought about what are the reasons why an organisation might want it's … Continue reading Decomposing collaboration

Bring Your Own Software

About a decade ago, when I was heading up technology for the global marketing agency Imagination, we started to explore the idea of what would become known as Bring Your Own Device. We were thinking more radically than was ever likely to actually happen - staff given a Hardware allowance in the way that many … Continue reading Bring Your Own Software

Making time for play

I heard a terribly depressing thing from one of my clients yesterday: We don't have time for the luxury of play It's a sentiment that I hear in one way or another from many of the organisations with which I work. That the Calvinist ethic of hard work has lead to a focus on efficiency … Continue reading Making time for play

Conflicting cycles

What time frames does the organisation in which you work operate on? There's the year - financial and calendar (sometimes syncrhonized, but that generally makes for a crap Christmas). There's your "product" cycle - that could be weeks if you are software company, months in fashion, years in automotive or pharma, decades in pensions or … Continue reading Conflicting cycles

Which path to take?

I spend my time flitting from organisation to organisation, across many different sectors, and looking at often quite different challenges. Technology is usually the linking thread, although not always. A question that I'm not hearing being asked in a structured way in organisations today is "Which approach should we be taking?". What instead seems to … Continue reading Which path to take?

The future CIO

“Tell me the future!” It’s a common request. We seem almost hard-wired to seek out prophets and sages, oracles and seers. No wonder then that so many iterations of software product have laid claim to the names of the fortune tellers of the past. Data-driven decision making is an exercise in charting trendlines. The experience … Continue reading The future CIO

A corporate guide to distributed ledgers

I had a fascinating chat last night with the CEO of a fairly large financial services organisation. He is in the process of assessing a few startups who are taking part in an accelerator programme. One of the startups is pushing "Blockchain", but it wasn't entirely clear for what end. There were a couple of … Continue reading A corporate guide to distributed ledgers

Connecting the Boardroom

It feels to me like attitudes towards technology are beginning to change at senior levels. There are undoubtedly a fair few senior executives who wear technological unawareness as a badge of honour in exactly the way they wouldn't if it was finance. But they are becoming rarer; most execs now understand that technology is important … Continue reading Connecting the Boardroom