Mike Rollings

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Taylorism – A Pox upon Agile

by Mike Rollings  |  April 11, 2011  |  Comments Off

This past Thursday my colleague Kirk Knoernschild pointed out a blog post by Alistair Cockburn about Taylorism creeping into the world of agile. Alistair’s post ignited a discussion within Gartner’s IT1 team reflecting on how it applied to our own agile work practices. What follows are some of my insights about the dangers of Tayloristic […]

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The burden we create by what we value

by Mike Rollings  |  December 10, 2010  |  1 Comment

The notion of value is ambiguous and abstract.  An object or an act is not intrinsically valuable.  We define what is valuable.  We have a choice. Some cultures decided that stones would be used to reflect something of value that can be exchanged — their currency.  Eventually, the stones were so large that they could […]

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IT Value and Delusions of Effectiveness

by Mike Rollings  |  November 15, 2010  |  1 Comment

Too many times I speak with people in organizations who proudly state that they know and achieve their priorities.  What once was a hidden list of projects is now given visibility.  They consolidate their project list , they sort on value of each business division, and manage resources (e.g. funding, people) more effectively than before. […]

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CFO Resignation Exemplifies Data Stewardship

by Mike Rollings  |  October 27, 2010  |  2 Comments

In Loraine Lawson’s post “CFO Resigns After ‘Data Integration Glitch’” she reports that TUI Travel CFO Paul Bowtell resigned last week after the company announced it had overstated revenues. Loraine states that the press release and the UK articles all note this problem was “the accounting error in the integration of IT systems in its […]


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Enterprise architects are mad as hell and not going to take this anymore

by Mike Rollings  |  October 22, 2010  |  2 Comments

Okay, enterprise architects, this is your chance to join a fellow architect and go scream out the window.  Just like in the movie Network where longtime news anchor Howard Beale delivers a live rant claiming that life is ‘BS’, architects can join @chrisvenable as he screams along with other enterprise architects… “I’m as mad as […]


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