The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (13) – blood and bone

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. If you’ve worked through a process of defining your values, vision, mission,…

Tim O’Reilly on debugging your organisation

The skill of debugging is to figure out what you really told your program to do instead of what you thought you told your program to do. Tim O’Reilly quoting Andrew Singer on The Product Science Podcast Tim O’Reilly takes…

Steve Blank: definition of a startup

I’m horrified to discover that I haven’t posted anything much focusing on Steve Blank’s work on Startups, customer discovery and iteration. His definition of a startup is a great place to start: A startup is a temporary organization formed to…

A balancing act for leaders (1)

Some types of work that leaders do: Foundational and Directional Work This is the vision and values stuff – identifying needs, thinking through the “why” of the project, articulating its importance and sharing the vision and values with those both…

Seth Godin on slack in systems

If you ask most people who run a factory, or an organisation or a sports team, what they’re looking for is a taut, firm connection between and among everybody: everybody busy all the time. The reason that a bucket brigade…

Project phase, organisation size and specialisation

A friend shared this great analogy* for how teams work at different project phases. Early phase: Golfing Buddies (2-3 players) In the early phase of a project you and a partner or two (if you have any!) do all the…

Friction (2): emotional friction

This is a different kind of friction: the uncertainty, delay and discomfort that comes from lack of trust or understanding. Like bureaucratic or procedural friction, emotional friction slows us down and makes things more difficult than they need to be.…

The Onion (1): understanding interesting problems

This post is a sketch of a way of thinking about how problems work, and what we need to do to make our solutions (“the change we seek to make”) effective. It’s bit abstract – I’ll share a more concrete…