Mike Rollings

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Why projects fail? Hint – It’s not technical skills.

by Mike Rollings  |  March 28, 2013  |  Comments Off

A large area of concern for many Gartner clients is “How do I get a large organization to do new things, to collaborate effectively, and to improve overall delivery effectiveness?” This area is a huge focus for our Professional Effectiveness research – it not only applies to architects, but also to our entire constituency of […]

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Work from home and making adult choices

by Mike Rollings  |  March 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

My friend and colleague Jack Santos sent me a link to the NYTimes story “Looking for a lesson in Google’s Perks” by James B. Stewart. Jack knows I am interested in work from home and anything else for that matter related to employee engagement. The article states that “Google doesn’t require employees to work from […]

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Career Survival Skills for Gearheads

by Mike Rollings  |  July 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

The Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research team is fond of gearheads. You know, the technical professionals who get things done within organizations, the ones who find the answers. For the past 5 years the Professional Effectiveness team has been doing gearheads workshops at our Catalyst conference to help technical professionals in different aspects of […]

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Inversion of Control

by Mike Rollings  |  February 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

According to Wikipedia, inversion of control (IoC) is an object-oriented programming practice whereby the object coupling is bound at run time by an “assembler” object and are typically not knowable at compile time using static analysis. The binding process is achieved through dependency injection. In practice, Inversion of Control is a style of software construction […]

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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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Fight inertia and resurrect entrepreneurs

by Mike Rollings  |  July 18, 2011  |  Comments Off

All organizations at some time in their history have experimented, gained knowledge, and operationalized it – experimentation is synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs test many theories as they launch an idea. They are not afraid of making errors and learning from their mistakes. As they refine ideas and gain more knowledge through experimentation, they eventually reach […]

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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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Watson: Impressive Finding not Thinking

by Mike Rollings  |  February 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

National Public Radio (NPR) seems to wake my imagination.  This morning they had a story about IBM’s Watson. Watson is IBM’s computer that is squaring off against two Jeopardy champions – the shows air for the next 3 days. I wonder how many people will begin to believe that Watson actually thinks? I’m sure it […]

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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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