July 2015

Lean Execution

CHAOS Tuesday #91 is titled “Lean Execution”.  In the introduction Jim Johnson explains Lean Execution which one of the 10 Factors of Value in the Factors of Value Report.  In our first segment Dan Ward outlines his new book Simplicity Cycle.  He presents the major takeaways from his book. In our second segment Margaret Olson discusses wandering software and how to deal with wandering software. The book review is Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done.  Michael Blanford supplies the CHAOS Cameo.

In this show we explore:

  • Factors of Value
  • Lean Execution
  • Simplicity Cycle
  • Wandering Software
  • Getting Things Done

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Dan Ward

Dan Ward is a military technologist specializing in rapid, thrifty innovation. He is also the author of FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant.


Michael Blanford

Michael Blanford is a seasoned CIO for pharmaceutical and manufacturing organizations. Michael is an Information Technology and Operations leader. Michael has industry experience in manufacturing, service and software businesses in Life Sciences, Instrumentation, Telecommunications and Aerospace ranging from start-up to Fortune 100 businesses.


Margaret Olson

Margaret Olson is a seasoned software executive and serial entrepreneur. She was most recently Senior Director of Social Platform at Nokia and is currently looking for her next adventure. In 2005 Margaret co-founded Plum, acquired in September 2009 by Nokia. Plum was one of the first web and mobile applications for private social networking and group conversations, targeted at real world social groups such as families, close friends and co-workers. In 1997 Margaret was one of the two people in an attic that created the powerhouse that became Constant Contact. As CTO she was responsible for the SaaS system that scaled Constant Contact from it's early days to profitability.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


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