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Strategic Conversations

Our colleague Bruce Strong (with Mary Lee Kennedy) recently published an article on the effort to transform the New York Public Library for the digital age. How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library (Harvard Business Review, December 5 2016) described an initiative that engaged over 250 staff ...

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Our colleague Bruce Strong (with Mary Lee Kennedy) recently published an article on the effort to transform the New York Public Library for the digital age. How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library (Harvard Business Review, December 5 2016) described an initiative that engaged over 250 staff – nearly 10% of its organization – in a collaborative process to improve library services.

Their approach focused on the the creation of three 'communities ...

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Lean Assessment Process

'Lean' is a methodology that is focused on more effective processes for collaboration and decision-making. Thus, lean is a widely-applicable set of practices; and, can be applied to almost any problem domain. The approach originated in manufacturing and process engineering with minimizing inventory, rework, and other 'waste' in automated processes ...

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'Lean' is a methodology that is focused on more effective processes for collaboration and decision-making. Thus, lean is a widely-applicable set of practices; and, can be applied to almost any problem domain. The approach originated in manufacturing and process engineering with minimizing inventory, rework, and other 'waste' in automated processes. Lean was formulated by Toyota, as fundamental to the Toyota Production System. Yet, lean methodologies have been used for diverse activities such as strategic planning ...

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Sprints - One, Two, or Three Weeks?

Agile development organizations will typically use sprints that are one, two, or three weeks in duration. In our experience at Quoin, the optimal duration of a sprint depends on the organization, team, and type of project. We have worked with clients that have successfully used each of these variations, and ...

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Agile development organizations will typically use sprints that are one, two, or three weeks in duration. In our experience at Quoin, the optimal duration of a sprint depends on the organization, team, and type of project. We have worked with clients that have successfully used each of these variations, and wanted to share a few guidelines on how to select the right sprint duration.

First, we should dispense with the notion of four week or ...

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