Mike Rollings

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Luck, Serendipity, and the Contextual Strategist

by Mike Rollings  |  December 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

Recently, @davegray @tetradian @nickmalik and I (@mikerollings) had a brief twitter exchange about the role of luck in strategy. What is luck anyway? Isn’t it just a happy accident, an unexpected happening, a simple explanation for the unexpected, a serendipitous association that leaves us in awe of the randomness of life? In that context, strategy […]

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Context breaks Taylor’s hold on strategy

by Mike Rollings  |  April 26, 2011  |  1 Comment

Last week’s post “Replacing Taylorism as our Management Doctrine” called for the end of Taylorism. Thankfully, I am not the first to call for the end of Taylorism or to write about human characteristics which businesses frequently ignore. There are many before me who have added significant insights into this debilitating management doctrine and all […]

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Replacing Taylorism as our Management Doctrine

by Mike Rollings  |  April 18, 2011  |  11 Comments

Over the last 239 years, organizations have been applying hierarchy, and top-down command-oriented management. This mindset erupted with the dawn of the steam engine in 1771, and in the late 1800s it was honed to razor sharpness by Frederick Winslow Taylor – the father of efficiency thinking and the science of productivity. Taylor’s work is […]

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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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A life out of control

by Mike Rollings  |  January 19, 2011  |  2 Comments

So many things in our life are governed by the idea that we can control the outcome.  Take strategy as as an example.  For years strategists have operated under the false notion that strategies were conceived, plans created and execution of the plan happened.  This resulted in an elite view of conducting strategy and the […]

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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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Is an Enterprise Architect the Medieval Barber?

by Mike Rollings  |  September 15, 2010  |  2 Comments

My father was a barber but he was a specialist focused on grooming.  Back in medieval days you could go to a barber for just about anything.  You could receive a haircut, a shave, a blood letting, a tooth extraction, surgery… the barber could do it all. I’m sure there was confusion about the various […]

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Enterprise Architecture enters Rehab

by Mike Rollings  |  August 16, 2010  |  5 Comments

For any transformation to occur it is important to first recognize there is a problem. Without this critical first step, change cannot occur, bad behaviors persist, and relationships with others deteriorate. This post is about my longtime friend enterprise architecture (friends call him EA) and his journey. EA has been suffering from a raft of […]

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Legacy’s Burden – Stop dragging the anchor!

by Mike Rollings  |  August 3, 2010  |  Comments Off

I’ve bumped into a number of clients who are looking at new technologies and believe that they must get the new tools to do old tricks before they can be considered useful.  For example, I heard this statement from an emerging technology team, “I need to get a VM client, printing, etc. on an iPad […]

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