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Are governments the driving force behind innovation?

A friend of mine from India recently forwarded me the story of the successful launching of Mangalyaan. This initiative is part of the Mars Orbiter Mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The ISRO is the Indian equivalent of…
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RAGged reporting can give clear insight

Reports providing the RAG-status of a project are relatively common. When done correctly this simple way of reporting provides clear insight to anyone who needs it. But it is important to adhere to some simple guidelines when labelling anything…
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The more you know, the more you see: involve the expert!

In an earlier post I suggested it is important to challenge Management Consultants in any field to be specific about their advice and to prove their added value. Based on the feedback I got, some interpreted that as a generic statement against…

Optimizing your SLA or managing a watermelon

An important part of any sourcing engagement is the Service Level Agreement. The SLA lists the agreed (Key) Performance Indicators and the norm for each to which a vendor should comply. In some cases penalties apply when service levels fall…
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The eleventh and twelfth commandment

In most countries with a Jewish and/or Christian tradition, the ten commandments are a known entity. These rules were supposedly given by God himself to Moses who subsequently managed to break the stone tablets on which he carved them so he…

Management Consultants should refrain from making statements about Physics

Although it has been more than 20 years since I got my MSc-degree in Applied Physics, I think I can claim a basic understanding of the laws of Physics and I most certainly can confirm that these laws do not apply to the context of Management…

Chocolate factory: a filter for consultancy talk

The added value of management consultants lies for a significant part in the fact that they bring real industry knowledge and personal experience to the table addressing your specific challenges. Obviously this is a good thing. But at the end…
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Challenger: lessons learned from a disaster

Recently a TV Movie 'The Challenger Disaster' was released about the investigation into the explosion in 1986 of the space shuttle Challenger. The story focuses on the contribution Richard Feynman made to the Rogers Commission that investigated…
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Time = money?

When someone walks up to you and asks for money what would you do? I'm not talking small change for a street musician. Think about a colleague showing up at your desk asking for an amount of money in the order of your commercial hourly rate.…

My relationship concerning peanut-butter illustrate alternative models to a partnership

In many outsourcing engagements there is an ongoing discussion on the need to establish a mutual partnership. And in almost as many situations this leads to disillusion and disappointment with at least one of the parties involved. I think partnership…
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It is all about incentives

Co-workers need to know and understand each other's drivers or motives. When they don't the likelihood of successful cooperation is average at best. Nevertheless this is the default cooperation model in many outsourcing engagements: mutual insight…
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First comes curiosity

Any corporation today has a rich portfolio of course material, a focused curriculum for each area of expertise and Training & Development support to guide their employees in becoming highly successful professionals. All prerequisites for…