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This week’s video to watch: Cost of Delay

This short video is one of a longer series of videos produced by AOE and featuring Don Reinertsen, a guru of the economics of product development. One of the things Don teaches people is that economics is a key part of what we do – even if you’re a techie.

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Reflections on maturity models

Seattle Lean Coffee sticky notes

In this week’s Seattle Lean Coffee we discussed the topic of maturity models. When I picture a maturity model in my mind I see a beautiful rendering of professional looking levels defined by specific practices that tell you if you’re in level 1, level 2, level 3, and so on. That may not reflect all maturity models but that’s my immediate mental reaction. And, these types of maturity models are something you want to love. You want life to be as easy as “if I do these 20 things” I’ll be a master of life! However, the reality is that doing those 20 things only allows you to say “I do these 20 things.”

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This week’s video to watch: Exponential Organizations

Our inaugural “this week’s video to watch” is a meaty one in length at just over 46 minutes and was recommended to me by a new friend here in Seattle.  The speaker, Salim Ismail, teaches viewers all about Exponential Organizations, which is also the name of his book. In his words “Exponential Organizations lays the framework for organizations to adapt and thrive in a world of abundance by diving into new organizational structures that leverage exponential technologies and a shifting global business mindset.”

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