Failure Paths During Change

In Understanding ChangeĀ I described the Satir Change Model. Near the bottom I acknowledged that I described a “happy path” change. Many designed changes never change anything. Other change initiatives look promising for a while, but as time passes people...

Understanding Change

At the end of Andrew Fuqua’s presentation on “How to Energize Your Team” at agile-atlanta the conversation turned to how change affects teams. I drew and explained the Satir Change Curve.   Late Status Quo – things humming along nicely....

Problems vs Opportunities

Problems or Opportunities? Where should you focus your effort? Kurt Simmons asked this question in ProblemsVersusOpportunites. He shared some (what I think) are valid thoughts. I agree with them on at a cursory level. But in keeping with this blog’s theme, An...

Jim Said More

One of the smartest things I did as Interim VP of Engineering for Padcom was let Don talk himself into coming to play with us over the course of several hours overlooking the Puget Sound one weekend morning. Padcom was a small tech company with some unique...

Fearless Change: The book review

I believe in reading books. My wife believes I buy books to hold the carpet on the floor in my office. I recently finished reading Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas. My thoughts about the book … If you don’t have the book, get it. If you...