Scrum, by Jeff Sutherland — Book report and highlights

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland is part memoir and part introductory practical guide to the Scrum method for software development, which the author invented in the early 2010s and which is hugely popular and influential in business and management more generally. I gave the book five…… Continue reading Scrum, by Jeff Sutherland — Book report and highlights

Zipcar – idealism and the realpolitik of scaling a business

Very interesting article about Zipcar’s turnaround strategy on Inc. Worth reading for the insights on growing a business by the numbers, but also the story of a company founded on strong ideals, that had to change leadership to get beyond being a good concept with laudable values. Zipcar was one a pioneer in what some…… Continue reading Zipcar – idealism and the realpolitik of scaling a business

More disruption, please

Large companies can innovate, but to do so they must consciously remain open to new actors or counterintuitively disrupt existing relationships to force the formation of new ones. Neil Perkin More disruptive innovation, please. That’s what I’m hearing increasingly both in clearly, passionately argued commentaries on blogs and in meetings and conversations with clients and…… Continue reading More disruption, please

Things I learned from Ed Catmull

  A few months ago I heard Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, give a talk about leading creative organisations. Apart from his obvious experience and track record of success, what was clear was that he had thought very deeply about some crucial questions about leadership. These are some notes about what…… Continue reading Things I learned from Ed Catmull

Build-to-run

Like Alan Patrick of Broadstuff, I’m a fan of Techmeme, the technology news aggregator that tells you at a glance what the hot tech/web industry stories are.  In a post about its slow-but-steady growth, Alan talks about get-rich-quick start ups which go for growth at almost any cost and compares them with those – like…… Continue reading Build-to-run

Lazy narratives and how to be wrong

Apple-bashing is a game a lot of people these days. John Gruber at Daring Fireball is challenging the emerging narrative of the company’s inevitable decline after the death of Steve Jobs.  Apple was far from perfect under Steve Jobs. But in hindsight, critics and skeptics of the company now see fit to deem his reign…… Continue reading Lazy narratives and how to be wrong

Making social business a reality – Notes and slides from my SoCon 2011 talk

Making Social Business a Reality View more presentations from Antony Mayfield These are the notes and slides from my talk at SoCon 2011 conference today, 20th October 2011. Social business? What do we mean by social business? It’s hard to get a hold of the term. The term itself may not survive. Quite quickly in…… Continue reading Making social business a reality – Notes and slides from my SoCon 2011 talk