There are many factors that affect the performance of a company: the vision and mission, the structure and processes, and the people. There is an assumption, particularly in high tech companies, that changing one will have a positive impact on the others. And while that can be the case, changing a company’s structure and processes in the hope of changing people’s behavior can often have exactly the opposite result. Why is that?
Imagine you are driving a car. Suddenly the engine explodes because the pressure became too high. Before the incident you already felt strange vibrations but thought: “As long as nothing happens…”. This may sound weird. Who accepts an exploding machine? No one, right? Therefore we equip machines with gauges and valves to ensure that the […]
Recent research at the University of California has shown that some weather extremes simply lie beyond standard (Gaussian) distribution. One of the conclusions of this research is that certain geographic factors must be included in the statistical assumptions and models that we use to predict weather. In the longer term it is very difficult to […]
According to research done by the Boston Children’s Hospital the brains of autistic people show less long-distance connections than the brains of healthy people. It is much alike the railroad system in Europe: within countries the railway intensity is high, but crossing borders by train is often a very inefficient process. We see a similar […]
Sometimes you feel the tension when entering a room of seven hardworking experts. That was the case on a cold Friday morning in February 2011. When I asked how everyone was doing I got a slightly frustrated reaction: “Where doing wonderful!” Don’t get me wrong, communication is good, but I notices that something was brewing […]
“De doelen van dit project zijn onmogelijk! Het contract met onze klant heeft afgesloten is onhaalbaar.” zo begon ons tweede project bij Prime Vision, marktleider op het vlak van handschriftherkenning en al jaren leverancier van innovatieve oplossingen van postbedrijven over de hele wereld. Als een expert aangeeft niet te geloven in de projectdoelen, dan is […]
When the going gets tough, the Prime Vision experts roll up their sleeves to finalize their projects successfully. Especially at the end of a project this behavioral pattern became apparent. By introducing self-management and splitting up projects in short periods with specific targets we strengthened this DNA. As a result the team that participated in […]