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Change Management

Getting people, process, and technology to change can be a challenge. These posts talk about concrete tactics for results, with some “war stories” sprinkled in.

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The Spark to Ignite Your Innovation Ideas

As time marches on, and conversations around innovation, disruption, and digital transformation are maturing, you can start to sense frustration. Some industries are changing, in dynamic and exciting ways, with interesting new technology, energetic and engaged teams, and customers and markets that are accepting, even demanding, the change.  At least, those are the stories that […]

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The Five Core Components of a Great Digital Strategy

Over the past year, I’ve heard many breathless opinions about the “digitization of business”; the stunning transformations possible when a company fully embraces new technology, and incorporates it into the very fabric of their strategy and tactics. Lots of opinions, with fancy slide decks and pithy bullet points that, in the end, don’t really say […]

IOT Field Notes: Whose Cloud is it Anyway? (2 of 2)

In my previous post, I told the story of ThermoCo, UBrewCo, and their “IoT eco-system” of manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and customers. All of the players have a strong interest in the promise of operational data analytics, but none have the confidence and conviction to actually build something. Everyone seems to be waiting for the […]

IOT Field Notes: Whose Cloud is it Anyway? (1 of 2)

In the industrial manufacturing world, I’m seeing an interesting pattern develop. It comes up in strategic and tactical conversations with small, medium, and large sized firms, along various points in the value chain to the ultimate end customer. And the overriding pattern is “waiting to take the first step”. Consider this typical Manufacturing Hierarchy; sophisticated […]

Fighting over Amber Boxes

I’m standing at the white board, leading a technical disagreement discussion about a particular data conversion component in a macro environment of sensors and data, hardware and software. This type of discussion pops up many times during the introduction and incorporation of innovations; we are debating definitions and abstract concepts, technical specifics, data volumes, vendor […]

IoT Field Notes: Seed Fund, Year 2

In the past, I have written about our internal Seed Fund and how IT is helping our business units move forward with some of their ideas around Smart, Connected Products (aka the Internet of Things). Over the last few weeks (during our annual review / budget season), I’ve had a chance to recast some of […]

Two Simple Methods for Communicating your Big Idea

Distilling your big idea into a relatively terse but impactful statement can be a subtly difficult task – best not to overthink the words and overcomplicate the meaning. There are alternative ways to capture your “elevator pitch” and get folks to quickly understand where you are going (and actively support you in the process); here […]

Conflict is a Canary for Change

Are you intimidated by, or afraid of, conflict in your organization? Maybe it’s just a signal that something else is going on. Recently, I got into a discussion on the best response to conflict in the workplace – what should the people on the team do? What should a good leader do? The nature of […]

IoT Field Notes: Why Should I Care?

Introducing wild new ideas takes a bit of thought. If you want to get someone’s attention on a topic that appears to come in from left field, put it in a reasonable context. Take, for example, Smart Connected Products (aka the Internet of Things, or just IoT) – a widely talked about mega-trend promising to […]

Run to the Toughest Problems

Hey, let’s start the Next Big Project! Well, I don’t know … with every Big Project*, you can pretty much predict what’s going to happen; something Bad** … * You know what I mean by “Big Project” – one of those highly visible, big budget affairs that will end up changing a lot of people’s […]