Last night in Dublin I spoke to a group leaders from Siemens at an event coordinated by WDHB.
The key points of my talk were:
- Existing tools still don’t solve the problems of communication within large organizations
- Businesses need a flexible system that can scale from gigantic to many small-informal projects
- Culture is even more important than tools. Agile ways of working & leading with short iterations and empowered teams are crucial.
I recommended a number of books that explore the last point:
- Radical Management: Stephen Denning
- Succeeding with Agile: Mike Cohn
- The Future of Management: Gary Hamel
- Management 3.0: Jurgen Appelo
- Getting Things Done: David Allen
- The Way We’re Working isn’t Working: Tony Schwartz
- What Were They Thinking?: Jeffrey Pfeffer
Other speakers at the event were Marie Wallace of IBM and Polly Sumner of Salesforce. Polly recommended a really interesting followup action at end of her talk. She suggested everyone in the room try to buy or get customer support for their own product.
By coincidence I read the following quote in the Siemens “Pictures of the Future” magazine this morning.
“Modern information and communication media promote a short attention span and a superficial understanding of the world.” — David Gelernter.
By another coincidence I read this in the Chess Media newsletter this morning.
“Communication barriers cost large companies an average of $26,000 per employee per year due to productivity losses.” — Jacob Morgan
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You can download my slides.