A Relentless Focus On Efficiency Can Kill Innovation

Why do organisations who say they are innovative fail to put their money where their mouth is and invest in innovation in the same way Amazon do?

Smaller, Flatter, Faster. Is The Two Pizza Team Finally Going Mainstream?

This weeks post looks at the two pizza team which was popularised by Jeff Bezos.

In the early days of Amazon he instituted a rule that every internal team should be small enough that it could be fed with two pizzas.
The goal was, like almost everything Amazon does, focused on two aims: efficiency and scalability.

Is it finally the time that our organisations will make the shift to smaller teams, not just because of financial savings, but because of their increased effectiveness and productivity?

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Have a great weekend!

Best wishes


Four Factors Hindering Transformation

The problem with good service design is that you don’t notice it. It’s only when you experience truly bad design that you appreciate the good stuff. That’s why so few organisations are design led. They focus on designing out the bad rather than designing in the good from the beginning. Earlier this week I orderedContinue reading “Four Factors Hindering Transformation”

What We Can Learn From The Oldest Companies in The World

Shigemitsu Kongo, a Japanese Buddhist temple builder, formed his construction company Kongo Gumi in in 578 AD. His company built relationships with their customers that lasted for 1,400 years, surviving through many wars and natural disasters,  just like their temples. It wasn’t technology that nearly killed the company, but cashflow. The oldest company in the worldContinue reading “What We Can Learn From The Oldest Companies in The World”

The Rise Of Business Bullshit – And How We Can Fight It

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this, but we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.” – Harry Frankfurt  On Bullshit Many people in the social sector will have heard aboutContinue reading “The Rise Of Business Bullshit – And How We Can Fight It”

Why Small Teams Win

In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos came up with a rule: every team should be small enough that it could be fed with two pizzas. The ‘Two Pizza Rule’ signalled that Bezos didn’t want more talking, more line reports and more communication. He wanted a decentralised, even disorganised company where creativity and independence prevailedContinue reading “Why Small Teams Win”

Avoiding The Yo-Yo Effect of ‘Corporate Change Convulsions’

Speeches you never hear at a corporate conference: “….. Our Transformation Programme is going to be small and imperfect. We are going to do many small things that probably won’t work straight away.’ – Chris Bolton In the early 1960s, a New York housewife named Jean Nidetch began a weekly meeting with friends at her home toContinue reading “Avoiding The Yo-Yo Effect of ‘Corporate Change Convulsions’”

Why Transformation Fails – And How To Avoid It

The concept that 70% of change and transformation programmes fail emerged in the mid 1990’s. There’s actually little evidence that this is true. The 70% figure seems to have emerged because of a lack of clarity about what success looks like – and that most people have a bad experience of them. My contention isContinue reading “Why Transformation Fails – And How To Avoid It”

Know Your Customers, Just Never Ask Them What They Want

We do not really know what our potential users will really respond to, what they will understand or what they’ll hate until we really see them using it –Jonathan Courtney If you are working on any new service change or product there’s one question I guarantee will be asked of you at some point: “WhatContinue reading “Know Your Customers, Just Never Ask Them What They Want”

Lessons From a Year Spent on a Two Pizza Team

Work alone. You’re going to be best able to design revolutionary products and features if you’re working on your own. Not on a committee. Not on a team – Steve Wozniak In the early years of Amazon , as the company was in transition from fledgling startup to world-eating behemoth , managers held a corporateContinue reading “Lessons From a Year Spent on a Two Pizza Team”

What Uber, Comms Hero and HouseParty tell us about the future of the conference…

(A version of this post originally appeared on 24Dash – go visit them as they’re great!) 2pm 11th June: London grinds to a halt. Cab drivers have downed tools for an hour. Uber, a smartphone app that offers an easy and cheap taxi booking service, has rolled into the UK. Our taxi drivers, required toContinue reading “What Uber, Comms Hero and HouseParty tell us about the future of the conference…”

Don’t Listen To Your Sector: Be More Weird

Had a bit of drama over the past week. I’ll recap it for you as quickly as possible – as most readers of this blog don’t work in the same sector as I do. Essentially Mick Kent, my CEO, wrote a challenging piece setting out why we have embarked upon a different service vision. Bromford are celebrating 50Continue reading “Don’t Listen To Your Sector: Be More Weird”

5 Lessons in Simple Customer Experience (Indonesian Style)

A new report puts Amazon, McDonald’s and First Direct as the leaders in the top ten of the UK’s ‘simplest’ brands. The companies that are the easiest to deal with. Whatever you think of them most of us could learn from their “frictionless” customer service. It’s interesting to ponder how sectors might be transformed ifContinue reading “5 Lessons in Simple Customer Experience (Indonesian Style)”

Why Your Business Plan Just Killed Innovation

 Unless you are a fortune teller, long term business planning is a fantasy. Why don’t we call plans what they really are: guesses. Start referring to your business plans as business guesses , your financial plans as financial guesses and your strategic plans as strategic guesses. Now you can stop worrying about them so much.Continue reading “Why Your Business Plan Just Killed Innovation”

How To Keep Your Customers Loving Your Brand

Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room” – Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon This is one of the most interesting infographics I’ve seen recently. The huge advocacy for Amazon is amazing.  95% of those surveyed say they “Love the Brand”. But TUI – the German travel company that most of usContinue reading “How To Keep Your Customers Loving Your Brand”

The Amazon Test – #CustomerExperience Blog Post

I ordered a Kindle Touch yesterday – expecting a delay as you usually get with new product launches. It was ordered online at 15.38pm. 1-Click. It arrived at my door at 7:35am this morning. It arrives charged. It knows my name. By 7:45am it is up and running and has my entire library on it.Continue reading “The Amazon Test – #CustomerExperience Blog Post”