Four modes of operating for teams

Sketched out how working independently or interdependently on the same or different goals creates four modes of operating.

Hand drawn diagram showing a two by two grid for different modes of operating depending on having the same of different goals and working independently or interdependently.

Collaboration, in the sense it’s used here, isn’t a warm and fuzzy nice-to-have, it’s a way of working that speeds up the fast flow of value by removing misalignment and dependencies. But that doesn’t make it a better mode than the others, or right for all organisations in all situations. Coalition, cooperation and coordination are all equally validate ways of operating, with coordination being the way most companies operate.

Least energy

Dave Snowden was on this podcast talking about how humans are biologically incentivised to find the most energy efficient way of doing things. We developed abstract thought and pattern recognition because it uses less energy (and so fewer calories) than understanding every detail.

I think it helps us understand why change is so hard in organisations and why affordances work so well in design. The way of water, path of least resistance, whatever else that same pattern gets called, tells why getting people to do new, difficult, uncertain things is so prone to failure, and why change tends back towards the status quo.

First-party data

Thinking about the shift from third-party data to first-party data and how it changes privacy.

Just as there are three common factors used for authentication:

  • Something you know (such as a password)
  • Something you have (such as a smart card)
  • Something you are (such as a fingerprint or other biometric method)

There could be some common factors for first-party data privacy. Maybe something like:

  • What you did (action)
  • When you did it (time)
  • Where you were (location)

Future retro

Started planning a retro.

What do I do?

Writing about what I do is excruciatingly difficult/boring.