Agile is often considered one of the most overused words in the Information Technology industry. It has been variously applied to software development, more generally as a project delivery methodology, and even to the flexibility of an entire enterprise or organisation. For good reason, however, as Agile is an important framework. Studying its roots helps to understand this broad usage and why it has expanded to become amongst the most in-fashion mindsets in business for the last 20 years or so. Continue reading “Agile Software Development – The Manifesto”
The future of work is uncertain. That’s the broad consensus of the consulting community who have been researching, writing about and advising clients on the subject for the last several years. There are plenty of visions from thought leaders about what they want from the future of work, many of which advocate for a more flexible, more humane, more equal world that is kinder to the environment. More meaningful work. There is also a lot of prophesying on how to prepare and adapt, such as McKinsey’s podcast series called the New World of Work, which addresses the changes in how work will be organised, where it will be conducted and what skills and education we will need to work effectively. Or the lessons learned from the Future of Work Community led by Jacob Morgan, best-selling author and keynote speaker on the subject. Continue reading “Future of Work – Deloitte’s 7 Key Disruptors”
In 2016, Thomas L. Friedman published a book titled “Thank You for Being Late”. The book is a reflection on the ever increasing pace of life, the reasons why it’s happening, and how to cope (from an optimist’s point of view). Friedman postulates that mankind has entered an Age of Accelerations, dominated by the rapid shifts in technology, globalisation and the effects of Climate Change. Continue reading “Age of Accelerations – Thomas L. Friedman”
The idea of New Work, conceptualised originally by the German-born, American social philosopher, Frithjof Bergmann, is no longer new in the sense of time. Yet, it’s an idea just as relevant today as it was when it was first brought to the world’s attention nearly 40 years ago.
New Work was first conceived as Bergmann travelled through Eastern Europe of the 1970s and 1980s, witnessing the devastation of industrialisation on Communist countries. He found similarities in the spirit-crippling activities that many in America’s workforce were undertaking in the early 1980s, particularly in the automobile manufacturing centers of Michigan, where Bergmann was teaching. Combined with an increasing concern over the automation of factories and workplaces that would lead to massive layoffs and unemployment, Bergmann, now a Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, began to recognise that Capitalism, too, not just Communism, was stripping people of their ability to find meaning in their lives. Neither was a recipe for a happier future. So, he began advocating a system, essentially a new culture, where people could pursue their calling or purpose, something they truly believed in and were passionate about. Continue reading “Bergmann’s New Work, New Culture”
Finding a comprehensive overview of any given startup ecosystem has long been problematic given the constant change over time that defines the concept of startups in the first place. There are distinct advantages, however, to connecting startups to each other, along with scale-ups, innovators, incubators, accelerators, investors and co-working spaces. It allows for networking, interaction and collaboration that can often add value versus working in isolation. Continue reading “Dealroom – The Startup Ecosystems Database”