Agile Business Change for October 2006

  1. Book review - Mastering Your Organisation's Processes
  2. Book-reading tip
  3. On creativity

1) Book review: "Mastering Your Organisation's Processes" by John O'Connell, Jon Pyke and Roger Whitehead.

This book is sub-titled "A Plain Guide to Business Process Management" and is aimed at senior non-technical managers within an organisation who are planning to introduce a system to automate and manage their business processes. Although the subtitle is correct - it is plain-speaking - it is not "plain-thinking", as the topics covered are challenging and wide-ranging; for example, the management of divergent viewpoints and the consideration of differing organisational models and cultural forces. Read more...

2) Book-reading tip

I read a couple of technical books a month on average - some of the results can be seen the our "book review" and "on the bookshelf" resource pages. I often find going myself going back to a book to look up a piece of information, only to find that I have forgotten which part of the book the information came from. To cure this problem, I note down the most useful points on a Post-it note which I leave stuck on the first page, inside the cover. The next time I pick up the book, all the key points are to hand.

3) On Creativity

Writing about Post-its reminds me of the story of their discovery at the 3M company. The adhesive was invented nearly fifty years ago but then languished in the company's achieve as no-one could think of an application for it. Many years later, another 3M employee wondered whether there was anything in his company's archive that could prevent the scraps of paper falling from his hymn-book when he was singing in the choir...

Often the creative link that solves a problem is made by an independent viewpoint - why not contact us to see how we can help with your business problems?

All best wishes for the month ahead.

Kind regards,
Marcus Price

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