Archive for the ‘Business Thinking’ Category

Fire Trucks & Collaboration

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Fire truckEveryone in the Seven Cycles Collaborative has specific reasons for participating—some personal, some professional, and all of them worthwhile.  One of the reasons I’m participating in the Colab is to improve my teambuilding and collaborative work.  Hmmm, maybe it’s not so strange that the project is called the “Collaborative”—and not the “Steel-Lugged-Bike” project.

A Metaphorical Story

I’m not a story teller and I usually don’t like metaphors.  So, here’s a metaphorical story.  And it actually relates to the Collaborative.


MIT Sloan: Business Architecture

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

mit-sloan-logo-redToday some graduate students from MIT Sloan visited Seven Cycles for a project on which they are working.  Doug, Cyndi, and Mario are in the Sloan System Design and Management program.  I’m posting this on the Collaborative journal because part of our conversation ended up using the CoLab project as an example of the way in which Seven utilizes process architecture and systems thinking.

As always seems to be the case with Sloan, the group was really bright and had tons of questions and insights.  Some of the topics, specific to the Collaborative, included:

  • How the CoLab determines customer needs
  • How we deconstructed the design elements
  • How we use brainstorming, scrum, or TRIZ—the latter is one I haven’t heard, or used, in a while
  • How we use, and could improve, some visual controls

These are all great topics and I’ll be posting some details soon.  Right now I have to get back into the scrum.