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Complex System Could be Easy to Manage as there is less degree of Freedom

Highlights if one can fully describe a system in four sentences this is a simple system but if one needs a thousand pages to describe it the system is complex what really bothers most of us is a fact that part of the data that typifies our system does not relate just to one component of the system but those relationships between two or more components of the system in other words the things that makes our system difficult to manage is that what is done in one place has ramification other places the cause and effect relationships turn our systems into almost a maze...

December 21, 2022 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Eliyahu Goldratt on How to Support Your Sales Team

Highlights of this video We give them tremendous knowledge about our products, our company everything. To support your salesforce, you have to do two things. One is you have to provide marketing; you cannot put on the shoulder of individual salesmen to do the marketing as well. You have to teach the salesman exactly what the current reality tree of his market is, the way to offer the solution, what are the obstacles that most likely the customer has and how he can help the customer to overcome the obstacles if you don’t do all this process you can’t complain that they don’t know how to sell....

December 21, 2022 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Eliyahu Goldratt

Eliyahu Goldratt was an Israeli physicist, business consultant and writer. He was best known for his work on the theory of constraints, a management method he developed to help organizations improve their performance. Goldratt was born in 1948 and died in 2011 at the age of 63. He was the author of several books on business management, including “The Goal” and “Critical Chain,” which became bestsellers and were widely used in business schools and organizations around the world....

December 12, 2022 · 1 min · Manoj Nayak

Obliquity (highlights)

Highlights first synced by [[Readwise]] [[Dec 12th, 2022]] Those only are happy (I thought) who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way. (Location 154) Obliquity describes the process of achieving complex objectives indirectly....

December 12, 2022 · 3 min · John Kay

Tackling the Complexities of Project Management

Often I have so many ideas in my head that I have to write them down for fear that they may get lost in the whirlwind brewing inside my head. I get tempted to convert some of these ideas into projects. If these ideas are marketable, I give them a swing. I then go about and set up these projects. I outline the strategy and plan for the same. I lose steam or motivation midway....

December 12, 2022 · 5 min · Manoj Nayak

Cynefin - Weaving Sense-Making Into the Fabric of Our World (highlights)

Highlights first synced by [[Readwise]] [[Oct 31st, 2022]] “We have all moved from the age of enlightenment to the age of entanglement where sense-making aided by imagination is now more critical than ever. (Location 52) At its most basic, Cynefin allows us to distinguish between three different kinds of systems: ordered systems that are governed and constrained in such a way that cause and effect relationships are either clear or discoverable through analysis; complex systems where causal relationships are entangled and dynamic and the only way to understand the system is to interact; and chaotic systems where there are no effective constraints, turbulence prevails and immediate stabilizing action is required....

October 31, 2022 · 26 min · Dave Snowden, Zhen Goh, Sue Borchardt, Riva Greenberg, Boudewijn Bertsch, and Sonja Blignaut

October 31, 2022 · 0 min · Manoj Nayak

Difference Between a Project Roadmap and a Project Plan

Roadmaps are overviews while plans are detailed. Plans include the project’s Who, How, When and so on. Project plans are built by project managers, while Roadmaps are usually the vision of the senior management. Objectives Make your objectives SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound). Milestones Key milestones, or stepping stones, set the pace for the project through the finish line to track progress and help identify bottlenecks. Deliverables Which assets must be produced to hit set milestones?...

October 5, 2022 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

JBTD Framework

Jobs Theory provides a framework for categorizing, defining, capturing and organizing the inputs that are required to make innovation predictable. Via - Jobs-to-be-Done: A Framework for Customer Needs | by Tony Ulwick | JTBD + Outcome-Driven Innovation Jobs to be done Literature notes You design your product thinking about a particular demographic in mind. So the marketing plan also keeps targeting the same demographic. Everything is fine as long as your ad spends get enough leads converted....

August 25, 2022 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak


KEY RESULTS benchmark and monitor HOW we get to the objective. Effective KRs are specific and time-bound, aggressive yet realistic. Most of all, they are measurable and verifiable. (As prize pupil Marissa Mayer would say, “It’s not a key result unless it has a number.” via Measure what Matters

August 25, 2022 · 1 min · Manoj Nayak