Four minutes of Google talking about not much

Google have created a great video about nothing in particular, though it is a wonderful way of learning about how awesome agile could be if you too become agile.

Google and Agile

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Don't innovate, just become better at knitting

An often overused and misunderstood word—innovation—is used to describe the desires and symptoms of a company's pain points without truly considering the meaning behind the word.

For some organisations a lack of overall vision and efficiency can lead to feelings of stagnation, a loss of purpose, and as if nothing is really happening. The symptoms are usually blamed on a lack of foresight, which is then attributed to a lack of innovation while the cost is a high attrition of both staff and clients.

The seemingly natural reaction is for management teams to encourage or demand that staff focus their attention on innovating, rather than improving. The circle continues.

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Get there with direction

I've been naval gazing a lot about the philosophy of 'direction' over the past few months, specifically the direction that we choose to take in our lives, with work, with consumer choices and what ultimately helps us make our decisions.

Inevitably we'll all reach a point where we are going to be unsure about the future, and what the outcome will be. Naturally we're inclined to be optimistic and head towards the better of our possible outcomes based entirely on gut feeling.

Recently, work commitments saw me consider the option of relocating to another city, and I considered it intently, though couldn't come to a solid conclusion because I didn't know what my life goals were clearly enough. I didn't move and it turned out to be the wrong thing to do.

When it comes to the digital space, project management hits similar roadblocks on a daily basis with someone, usually the Executive Producer, being there to assist with making the right decision on direction—usually under great amounts of pressure—and also based on gut feeling.

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The successful business of luck

Last year, after 5 long years, my business partner and I sold the digital agency that we'd started, called Morgan. We sold it for a few reasons, namely that:

1. We felt it wasn't successful

We were maxing out our capability to grow beyond the glass ceiling

2. We were caught up managing a business

Neither of us wanted to run the business, but more importantly wanted to focus on our core strengths

3. We couldn't see the forest through the trees

Feeling the pressure of a few large projects we couldn't see the progress that we were making

While certainly pleased with the outcome of the acquisition, when I think back at the business I'd created with Mario I second guess the reasons that we sold.

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