Category: Strategy

What Microsoft Means By Productivity

This post was first published on my business blog, which I’m closing down now that I’ve retired, so I’m archiving some of the better posts to this blog Microsoft has recently started to talk about productivity as part of it’s new mission, they used to talk about people, but that...

A New Microsoft

This post was first published on my business blog, which I’m closing down now that I’ve retired, so I’m archiving some of the better posts to this blog. It’s been very interesting to watch ever building evidence of a re-invigorated Microsoft. A Microsoft that’s becoming more relevant for both consumers...

Awesome Evernote

I’m exposed to a lot of start-ups, flooded with VC money and trying to make their mark on the world, or get bought.  Evernote rises above them all, it’s been the foundation of my personal knowledge management system for many years, but more than that it’s been an inspiration to...

Reinventing The Modern Workplace

I’ve been passionate about workplace design for over 20 years, in fact I think my interest started way back when I redesigned my bedroom in preparation for my GCSEs.  My Dad had bought me a large office desk that was surplus to requirements and it transformed my home working environment. ...

Revisiting The Goal

I finished reading the highly recommended book The Phoenix Project this morning while chilling out in Lincoln Caffe Nero, which is nicely nestled inside the Waterstones bookshop.  As soon as I saw the premise of the book it reminded me of the classic novel about manufacturing The Goal and it...

People First

As I’ve said on this blog many times, throughout my career my over-riding motivation and interest has been to make peoples lives better.  For the last 20 of those years it’s been by improving their productivity, eliminating frustrations, improving autonomy, enabling effective team working and creating work spaces that enhance...

Documentation Priorities

I was recently sent a list of about a hundred documents that were being produced as part of readying a new product for sale.  The ‘exam’ question was were we missing anything?  My first and lasting impression was not what was missing but the lack of focus that might result...