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Future of Work

We just released our Wisdom Wednesday # 5 and CHAOS Tuesday Show # 126 is on the future of work. In this show we explore what the future holds for knowledge workers with a global perspective. Our guest speaker is David West. Dave is an experienced and highly skilled advocate of the agile process and scrum methods. As the CEO of scrum.org, David has travel through time and space using Zoom with his scrum educational partners thought-out the world to gain a better understating of the future of work. David explains how changes using a generalist in the mainstream and specialists for distinct activitities are one of the keys to the future of work.  Dave will focus on three elements he sees the future of work. In this show you will take away:

  • ·      Generalist v. Specialist
  • ·      Changes in Culture
  • ·      Agile Everywhere
  • ·      The Human Element
  • ·      Motivation

Note: Joining Dave are two panelists: Jim Crear, our CIO and Gene Sorbo, the CEO of Strong Tower Solutions, plus Jim Johnson as the host. 

In addition, our adviceblogs will feature excerpts from this show during the week on December 6, 2021

You can watch or listen to the Future of Work show by going here



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Preparing IT for 2025

We will be releasing our Wisdom Wednesday #4 and CHAOS Tuesday Show #125 is on preparing for 2025 on November 13, 2021. In this show we explore how to prepare general IT by 2025. In this show we explore how to prepare general IT by 2025. Our guest speaker is Bruce Barnes. Bruce is a proven C-Level executive and college educator with a strong multi-industry background. He is a strategic thinker with very successful tenures in leading large organizations. Bruce will lay out what he has learned from high-level IT executives on preparing for 2025 during many of his The Digital Solutions Gallery events. We will also be releasing the show as a podcast under CHAOS Tuesday.  

 In this show you will take away:

  • Technology advancements
  • Workforce
  • Global Playing Field
  • Cybersecurity
  • Culture

You can watch or listen to Preparing IT for 2025 by going here: https://www.standishgroup.com/chaostuesday

In addition, our adviceblogs will feature excerpts from this show during the week on November 15, 2021

Note: To watch this show you need to be a registered user - Register here: https://www.standishgroup.com/registration



Healthcare Moonshots

We will be releasing our third Wisdom Wednesday on October 30th, 2021. This is an On-Demand video. This show is on Healthcare Moonshots. Our guest speaker is Tim Chou. Tim is a founder in Bevel Cloud, an edge platform for sharing medical data. Joining us is Harry Scott, Software entrepreneur and angel Investor. Harry is an investor and special advisor to Dyad Medical, which is a partner with Bevel Cloud and uses large datasets with AI for cardiac diagnostics. We will also be releasing the show as a podcast under CHAOS Tuesday.  In addition, our adviceblogs will feature excerpts from this show during the week on November 1, 2021.

In this Moonshot show you will take away: 

  •     How medical edge computing works
  •     How Dyad uses Bevel Cloud in their Services
  •     Future of edge computing, large datasets, and AI
  •     What is the Bevel Cloud Studio
  •     How HIROs are Continuous Learning Environments

You will be able to watch or listen to Healthcare Moonshots by going here https://www.standishgroup.com/chaostuesday/podcast/view/id/126

Change Dynamics

We released our second Wisdom Wednesday. This show is on Change Dynamics. Our guest and speaker is Dion Kotteman.  Dion Kotteman is a former CIO, a current author, and consultant.   Dion is a partner in Gray Matter Matters. Joining us on our panel is Hans Mulder, our director of European Research, Jim Crear, our CIO, and Allan Salek, Program Leader: Complex, High-Risk or Troubled Transformations.  We will also be releasing the show as podcast under CHAOS Tuesday.  In addition, our adviceblogs will feature excerpts from this show during the week on October 18, 2021

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The Philosophy & Ethics of Cybersecurity


Wisdom Wednesday is our new video series. Wisdom Wednesdays will feature a cast of notorious speakers and timely topics. We plan to release one or two shows per month. Our first Wisdom Wednesday is on Philosophy & Ethics of Cybersecurity. The show will be released on September 22, 2021.


In this show we explore the personal responsibility of cybersecurity.  What is the integrity of cybersecurity. Who has control of cybersecurity. In this program we consider how do we get to a call to action. What does cybersecurity look like in 2025. Our guest and speaker is  Thornton May.  Thornton is a noted speaker, author, and futurist. He is the Founder at The Digital Value Institute.  Joining us on our panel is Harry Scott, Software entrepreneur and angle Investor, Allan Salek, Program Leader: Complex, High-Risk or Troubled Transformations.




    Definition of Cybersecurity Philosophy

    Personal Cybersecurity Responsibility

    Cybersecurity Integrity

    What can YOU do about Cybersecurity

    What does Cybersecurity look like in 2025


Note: It will be released on our podcast platform: CHAOS Tuesday on the same date if you would rather just listen than watch

New Standish Series: Atomic Flow

During the week of July 19, 2021, we will be presenting a five-part seriesbased on James Clear’s “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Onesbook.  Clear offers a offers a framework for improving your habits every day.  The frame centers on the smallest unit of a habit such as doing one push-up or getting dressed to do one push-up. This is the premise behind Infinite Flow. Watch the daily Standish advice microblog to read this series. Read these microblogs which is one small task every day.




Now on Demand: VoiceAmerica

Listen when you want: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/131880/achieving-successful-program-execution-a-research-based-approach

Achieving Successful Program Execution: A Research-Based Approach 

July 8, 2021

Hosted by William Ulrich

Guest Jim Johnson 

Episode Description

Why do projects fail, or fall well short of their original goals? That is the topic that this episode of The North Star will explore. Jim Johnson, researcher, author, inventor, and Standish Group Chair, will join William Ulrich to share what he has learned over the past three decades on this topic. Jim is the author and researcher behind the widely quoted Chaos Report. He will share his insights into the report’s findings based on 25 years of data into failed, challenged, and successful projects, discussing why some projects fail, where others succeed. The Chaos Report has consistently shown that roughly only one third of projects have historically been successful. Jim will also discuss the concept of decision latency and its effect on project performance. In addition to latency, Jim will discuss team maturity, scoping challenges, user involvement, complexity, and a host of other project performance factors. He will also share what he sees as a way to shift historically poor project performance to more positive trends based on his latest work, which involves implementing software without using project management. Join the discussion as Bill and Jim explore the project deployment challenges that have plagued so many organizations around the globe over the past three decades. For more Information: https://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/131880

The Laws of CHAOS a New Adviceblog Series.


CHAOS Manifesto: The Laws of CHAOS and the CHAOS 100 Best PM Practices was published in 2010. You can download this report off the dashboard. The report covered 10 laws that if used properly, we believed, would increase the chances of software project success. As we were going through each of the laws some of the things we said were confirmed by further research and made us feel smart.  Other things we said made us grimace. One thing for sure is these laws became popular and were displayed on and talked about in the halls of many companies. Over the next 10 adviceblogs we will explore some of the ways these CHAOS Laws helped influence the Infinite Flow Method.

Noise a new adviceblog series.

Noise as defined in context of this new adviceblog series is the unwanted variability of judgement. This definition comes from the book by Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Sibony, and Cass Sunsteintitled Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement.  As a researcher, I have worked hard to reduce bias. I was aware of noise, but I just did not have a label or word to call it. It was very evident in the over 500 focus groups and workshops Standish conducted.  As I look back at the 25 years of CHAOS Research on software projects I can clearly see projects are filled to the top and overflowing with noise.  Then as I look at the Infinite Flow methodology and I see that many of the principles and skills were created to root out noise and bias. Over the next 5 adviceblogs we will explore some of the ways how Infinite Flow reduces noise.



Out of the Shadows

In a recent Linkedin activity Bill Murphy asked “Do you agree that the existence of Shadow IT in your organization implies that your coworkers view you, the Business IT Leader, as a roadblock?”  A few days before I saw this discussion, I had published on Café CHAOS a post titled, The Elephant and the 1,000 Mice. While I did not call it Shadow IT, my focus of this post was that people use hundreds of applications that are not covered by a central IT authority. At The Standish Group we have a central IT department, and I am their main sponsor.  On my iPhone alone I have 70 applications.  Yet I am told that is not many. I also have as many more applications on my Mac, iPad, and many cloud applications such as Zoom, Slack, and Dropbox that my central IT department does not cover or even know about. I never think about IT being a roadblock, I think about using these applications as helping me get things done.  We define Shadow IT as the use of IT-related hardware or software by a department or individual without the knowledge of the IT or security group within the organization. Shadow IT not only exists, it is running rapid throughout organizations, departments and individuals.  Over the next 5 adviceblogs we will shine light on Shadow IT and bring it out of the shadows.  


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