Tag Archives: systems

The Railway Children

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a look around a railway network control room. It looked a bit like this: Pretty impressive eh? What struck me was what a fantastic example of a system the railway network is. Think … Continue reading

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‘Tis Not The Season…

***Warning – if you are a small child do not read all the way to the end of this post*** Well it must be that festive time of year again as all things Christmassy are starting to appear everywhere around me. … Continue reading

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Silos

These imposing monolithic structures, silhouetted against the moody twilight sky, are silos. Actual silos. Not theoretical silos in a book about organisational structures or systems design, but vast, towering, dirty, functional, tangible silos, silently displacing thousands upon thousands of cubic metres of … Continue reading

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The People vs The System

GRUDGE MATCH!! In the red corner: “Our people are our greatest asset”. “The people ARE the system”. In the blue corner: “94% of performance comes from the system; 6% from the people”. Which is better? There’s only one way to … Continue reading

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The Six Greatest Myths of All Time

In no particular order… 1. A London bus has been found in Antarctica. 2. Numerical targets don’t cause dysfunctional behaviour. 3. A World War Two bomber was once photographed on the moon. 4. League tables are a statistically robust method of comparing peers. … Continue reading

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Message From The Skies

What’s this? These strange lights were seen above my house last night. (Well, sort of…) It’s actually a photo of a lightning bolt stretching across the sky from left to right, as seen through the eyes of someone who only understands … Continue reading

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A System Fit For Heroes

When I was 10, my favourite TV series was ‘Cover Up’. Recently I even found the title sequence on Youtube, with its soundtrack of Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero. Class! (I actually remember buying the 7″ single with … Continue reading

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