You Think Office Work is Different? You Are Right.

  • Posted by ShiftGear
  • On June 17, 2017
By Don Kieffer   Reading Dilbert or watching “The Office” or “Silicon Valley,” humor based in the reality of today’s office work, confirms that even if knowledge work is supposed to feel like a well-oiled machine, it rarely does.  Intellectual work is filled with piles of email, random meetings, highly variable activity, complex collaboration across […]
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How Dynamic is Your Management System?

  • Posted by ShiftGear
  • On April 23, 2017
For a long time Don and I weren’t exactly sure how to label what we do.  We knew there were big opportunities out there and we started to develop a pretty good track record helping our clients and partners, but we were never quite sure what to call it. The label Work Design has a […]
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ShiftGear, InSinkErator +Infosys Limited Present at Oracle Conference

  • Posted by ShiftGear
  • On April 15, 2017
In early April, ShiftGear, InSinkErator and Infosys Limited presented, “Drive an Oracle Implementation On Time and On Budget with Visual Management Methodology,” at the Oracle conference in Las Vegas. The conference featured a wealth of information sessions, so many that ShiftGear received follow up e-mails requesting more information by those that could not attend the ‘visual […]
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Needle Sticks + Sharps: ‘Activity and Intent’ Drive Best Practices

  • Posted by ShiftGear
  • On March 28, 2017
A good Dynamic Work Design is built on four principles: 1. Reconcile activity and intent; 2. Connect the human chain through triggers and checks; 3. Structure problem solving and creativity; 4. Manage optimal challenge. When Don and I first started to put these together, we thought the first principle was just a warm up and […]
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Video: Dynamic Work Design MIT SLOAN Webinar

  • Posted by ShiftGear
  • On March 7, 2017
The MIT Sloan School of Management recently hosted an alumni webinar featuring ShiftGear Partner (+ MIT Professor) Nelson Repenning. Repenning shared an overview on Dynamic Work Design with brief case studies and the research behind the principles. To extend the reach of the principles, MIT shared the webinar link with ShiftGear.
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Walk Our Talk: Updating the Four Principles

  • Posted by James Repenning
  • On March 3, 2017
At ShiftGear and WorkLab@MIT we try to “walk our talk” and design our work so that it always reveals the next problem to be solved.  One of the consequences of ongoing learning is that the way we talk about work design principles continues to evolve. Here are few changes that we recently made to our terminology. […]
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Let’s Get Visual: Visual Management and Dynamic Work Design

  • Posted by James Repenning
  • On February 28, 2017
A year ago Don and I took a trip to Nagoya Japan to spend some time working with our partners at Toyota Engineering Company (TEC). We spent a day touring their school and rest of the week was dedicated to visiting sites engaged in redesigning their work (we also spent some time in the Toyota […]
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ShiftGear Launches ‘Insights’ E-mail Updates

  • Posted by James Repenning
  • On February 1, 2017
Sign up to receive ShiftGear Insights, a regular e-mail including links to new Insights posts, news, research updates and information on upcoming sessions. For more Insights from ShiftGear, please register for e-mail updates here. 
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From Cogs to Creators: Fueling Employee Engagement with Dynamic Work Design

  • Posted by James Repenning
  • On January 25, 2017
 ShiftGear’s Dynamic Work Design Principles Featured: MIT SLOAN ALUMNI MAGAZINE In a MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine article, Nelson Repenning shares the power of Dynamic Work Design and the astounding transformation Sheila Dodge led at the Broad Institute. Click on the link to read more: From Cogs to Creators: Fueling Engagement with Dynamic Work Design Stay connected with ShiftGear, sign up for […]
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Are You Your Organization’s Chief Pilot or Designer?

  • Posted by Nelson Repenning
  • On December 12, 2016
A Tribute to Jay W. Forrester Last week MIT Professor Jay W. Forrester passed away at the age of ninety-eight. Unless you are deeply steeped in MIT culture, you probably haven’t heard of him, but, unless you live entirely off the grid, I can promise you he had a profound impact on your life. Jay […]
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