Brookside, postboxes & SaaS development

Loads of illuminating analogies have emerged in conversations with Andrew Missingham, but today there’s one in particular that popped up… You may remember when the soap Brookside launched on Channel 4. The storylines were based around folk living in a close of houses. They had some trouble at the outset however, in that script writers realised they hadn’t created enough ‘stock devices’ – places where people could meet that would fuel the dramatic unfolding of events. Their answer was to put a postbox on the street, so residents would accidentally... Read The Rest →

Adhocracy Vs Bureaucracy

40 years ago, Toffler said, ‘It will be a long time before the last bureaucratic hierarchy is obliterated. For bureaucracies are well suited to tasks that require masses of moderately educated men to perform routine operations.’ Bureaucracy makes sense where no radical change is taking place, but it stands to reason that a startling increase in change in the environment around us calls for a shorter life span of organisational forms. Likewise, hierarchy becomes inefficient when we need more info, more interaction, quicker decision-making, rapid action. There are all sorts... Read The Rest →

Big lumpy clumpy balls of crap

Leading on from the previous post about the coolness of chaos…   Have you ever had to deal with a big lumpy piece of complex old software that was written years ago, then updated countless times, new bits added on, a new guy adding another bit, bolt-ons, sticking plasters and fixes… until it’s a big slow cumbersome piece of crap nobody can change or work with?   That’s pretty much industry as it stands – and other big systems for that matter (e.g. government, education). Since the industrial revolution, we’ve... Read The Rest →

Scrmblr

I haven’t blogged in any great depth about Scrmblr (‘scrambler’), so thought it was about time. Scrmblr is a global network of content producers (Scrmblrs) who create anti-ads (Scrmbls). Marketing used to be about advertising, but advertising is often expensive, fake and dumb. What remains important is the act of telling stories about the things we trade – stories that sell and stories that spread. Scrmblr gives power to the people – the talented people of the world, enabling creators of great content to reap fair rewards, while enabling organisations... Read The Rest →

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