ca 15 minutes on Kanban

In this presentation I break it down to the day-to-day management of a project or team. How can we keep our focus? How can we improve? How do we even know what we are doing right now? As no surprise to to readers of this blog this will be accomplished with kanban. Here’s all the post in the series (the links will work as I post them): ca 10 minutes on Mission statements ca 10 minutes on Vision statements ca 15 minutes on Strategic plans ca 15 minutes on Impact mapping ca 15 minutes on kanban (this post) ca 10 minutes on root cause analysis ca 10 minutes on effective meetings Please read the reason and ideas behind the entire series in the first post. It was quite a challenge and very interesting to not only boil this topic down to a digestible format (ca 15 minutes), but also steer...
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ca 15 minutes on Impact mapping

Having your mission, vision and strategy in place are essential but result in nothing, if you can’t make sure that you execute them. Can’t make sure that you take steps in your strategic plan to get closer to the vision. One of the best tools I’ve seen around this, on the strategic level, is called Impact Mapping. This presentation is devoted to this tool Here’s all the post in the series (the links will work as I post them): ca 10 minutes on Mission statements ca 10 minutes on Vision statements ca 15 minutes on Strategic plans ca 15 minutes on Impact mapping (this post) ca 15 minutes on kanban ca 10 minutes on root cause analysis ca 10 minutes on effective meetings Please read the reason and ideas behind the entire series in the first post. In this presentation I try to be very practical, as opposed on the...
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ca 15 minutes on strategic plans

This is the third presentation I’ve done on mission, vision and strategic plans (and other stuff too). The time has come to strategic plans. A strategic plan outlines our ideas, suggestions and plans for taking us from where we are today to … closer to the vision. Here’s all the post in the series (the links will work as I post them): ca 10 minutes on Mission statements ca 10 minutes on Vision statements ca 15 minutes on Strategic plans (this post) ca 15 minutes on Impact mapping ca 15 minutes on kanban ca 10 minutes on root cause analysis ca 10 minutes on effective meetings Please read the reason and ideas behind the entire series in the first post. First of all I realized that we often miss the “where we are today” part of doing a strategic plan, so I have a little discussion about that in the...
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ca 10 minutes on Vision statements

This is the second post about my presentation series on Mission, Vision and Strategy and some other things. In this post I will hook you up with my presentation on Vision statements. Here’s all the post in the series (the links will work as I post them): ca 10 minutes on Mission statements ca 10 minutes on Vision statements (this post) ca 15 minutes on Strategic plans ca 15 minutes on Impact mapping ca 15 minutes on kanban ca 10 minutes on root cause analysis ca 10 minutes on effective meetings Please read the reason and ideas behind the entire series in the first post. Vision statements paint a picture of a future where we are executing the Mission perfectly. This is why it’s important to understand and have a great mission statement - that makes creating the vision statement more concrete and a bit easier. With a great vision...
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ca 10 minutes on Mission statements

My main task here in Indonesia is to help our hospital to work out good strategic plans. It’s a very interesting task since long-term strategies seems to not be very prominent in the Indonesia culture. There’s also a translation issue about the word itself, Misi (mission), apparently have a different meaning for Indonesians that I use it. In this presentation I clarify how I use the word: as the reason for an organization to exists - our purpose. Here’s all the post in the series (the links will work as I post them): ca 10 minutes on Mission statements (this post) ca 10 minutes on Vision statements ca 15 minutes on Strategic plans ca 15 minutes on Impact mapping ca 15 minutes on kanban ca 10 minutes on root cause analysis ca 10 minutes on effective meetings Please read the reason and ideas behind the entire series in the first...
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New series: Marcus on mission, vision and strategy... and doing it

Where I currently work there’s been a problem with budgets for traveling. And another with authority. Which basically mean that the people that I’m here to try to help will not get my help; there’s no money to travel there and I have no authority, which is basically a deal-breaker in Indonesia. What to do? Well, since I grow bored very fast without anything to do I tried to find a way. I started a series of presentations about the topic I wanted to talk with “my clients” about, recorded them and uploaded to YouTube. I even made extra effort to do great subtitles, in two languages, just to increase the chance that they will understand me. Before anyone tells me; yes - I know that this is maybe the worst possible way of making sure that you get an important message across to someone that needs it. But it’s...
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McDonalds - a tool to explain flow

This post brought to you in cooperation with … no. Just kidding. The other day I went with my kids to McDonalds here in Bandung. For some reason this is still the incarnation of celebration for them. “Yah! Soft burgers with hard pressed meat!” And me; I’m happy when they are happy. As I stood in line I noticed a problem. The queue kept of customers kept piling up, but no one got served. Being the one I am I tried to analyze the situation and in doing so I realized that a McDonalds restaurant is a very good way to explain flow. In this post I’ll try to tell you what I meant. One thing that was a little bit strange, in our case, was that there was people at every cash register. They were taking orders like crazy. And getting drinks too. But no one got served. What...
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How to add and translate subtitles for your YouTube video in 10 minutes

I work for the Salvation Army in Indonesia right now with 6 hospitals spread throughout this vast country. Due to an extremely tight budget for travelling in our office I have tried to leave some kind of teaching behind. For that reason I have created a little series of presentations on important topics. The first three are about mission, vision and strategic plans and are about 10-15 minutes each. Being in Indonesia I had to translate the entire presentation into Bahasa Indonesia which is spoken here. Sadly I don’t speak that good enough. I did the presentations in English and then used the excellent tooling of YouTube to add a subtitles and then translate them into Indonesian. It worked really well and was surprisingly easy. In this post I’ll show you what I did so that you can increase the reach of your presentations / videos too. The creation The...
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It's just context - a story about my ignorance

I have a story to tell you. It’s mostly about me and my ignorance, I’m sad to say. But thinking about this have thought me a lot and I hope that you will learn a little as well. During the YOW conference at Perth I probably told this story 5-8 times (to different people mind you). Every time there was fruitful discussions. This is NOT a post about THEM and (or versus) ME. It’s a post about me, and my reasoning. The story is just context as you soon will realize. Don’t worry there’s plenty of room for personal reflection throughout the post - should you grow tired of me. The story When we first got to work with the hospitals here in Indonesia we found something that made us very surprised and scared. At one of our hospitals the nurses was not washing their hands between patients visits. This...
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Installing CasperJs - a journey of pain

My friends on twitter keeps telling my that CasperJs is great (“da bomb”) for end-to-end-testing. Since I’ve been doing a lot of that, in .NET I took a look and it looks great. I thought to myself: “Let’s install it and play around. How hard can it be?” Well as it turns out… for me at least, the installing part was a pain. I’m on OS X Yosemite and I had nothing but problems. Yesterday I got it to work. This is my story. I started out from the CasperJs installation instructions, but soon ran into problems. Not with Casper but rather with: The Phantom menace CasperJs is, to my knowledge, just a wrapper around PhantomJS, a WebKit headless browser. So first we need to install that. When you go to their website there’s actually no installation instructions (?) but rather instructions to download. This gives us a big old...
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