Month: June 2016

Servants, not leaders, not managers

Sharp eyed readers of my management mini-series will have noticed I referred to managers doing administration several times, Peter Hilton mailed me to ask me more about this. Let me image such a manager, let me imagine the worst possible scenario… This manager spends a lot of time involved in admin. Finance forms a lot …

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Management – a lesson from BHS

No sooner have I said I’m closing off my management mini-series than things come to light that need saying! Arrh well, I did say it wasn’t my last word on software management, i just didn’t to be revisiting the subject to soon. The reason for this rapid revisit is the news from BHS, formerly known …

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Some things can never be spoken

“Some things can never be spoken Some things cannot be pronounced That word does not exist in any language It will never be uttered by a human mouth”         Talking Heads, Give me back my name, Little Creates 1985 Some things shouldn’t be spoken. Some things shouldn’t be targeted, some things should be created as a …

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Managers as information hubs

One of the arguments that is made for manager-less teams runs something like this: “Managers were useful when they were information hubs, when they heard company information, policy, direction, etc. and cascaded it down to their staff. But in a world with e-mail, web, slack and a myriad of information systems there is no need …

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