Dynamic Work

  • Dynamic Work Move

    TechNet has hosted the ‘Dynamic Work’ blog since its inception in February 2008. TheTechNet platform is provided to Microsoft employees to facilitate their creativity and outreach through this social media. Now that I have taken the bold step to leave...
  • Power of Fluidity

    Some people discount ‘flexible working’ as some trendy new management fad or an earthy-flaky progressive approach for perhaps young or new organisations. Actually, the principles of flexible organisation and execution are considered one of the mainstays...
  • Ferrari of Hammers

    The brass-tacks business case for Dynamic Work is pretty straight forward – save money on under-used, un-used and mis-used office space and the stuff that goes in it. The benefits to carbon footprint, employee lives, collaboration and productivity, to...
  • Make Outlook Better

    Came upon www.makeofficebetter.com from Steve’s post, “ I had a look at MakeOfficeBetter.com over the weekend and was actually a little surprised to see it go live today – basically a crowd sourcing site along the lines of Dell’s Ideastorm to solicit...
  • Missing the First Pitch

    The Washington Post carried a poignant illustration of the more subtle, but very palpable social costs fixed work schedules which not only constrain family coordination, but also concentrate use of shared community resources, namely roads. It described...
  • The Third Place

    When I start to talk to people about reducing the fixed costs of fixed desks and fixed office space, the most common response is, “Oh, you mean home working...” Well, yes...and no. Part of the challenge of Dynamic Work is the too widely held view that...
  • Energy Flows

    The benefits to Dynamic Work are economic, ecological and social. One area of business that affects all three is transportation. Commuting and business travel cost money, cost carbon (and other environmental impacts) and cost time away from family. Showing...
  • Transuming

    At the heart of Dynamic Work lies the notion that key resources (like office spaces and desks), need not be fixed, but are more efficient, accommodating and eco-friendly when flexible and...well...dynamic. Part of what is driving the trend to Dynamic...
  • E-Lance Economy

    The Microsoft Netherlands joint research piece with Erasmus University also cited the seminal work of Thomas W. Malone Robert J. Laubacher’s coining the term E-Lance Economy over 10 years ago in their Harvard Business Review article, ‘ The Dawn of the...
  • Working Environments

    One of the strongest points to the Microsoft New World of Work approach is its recognition of the diversity of work places, work roles, and workers themselves. The Microsoft Netherlands joint research piece with Erasmus University laid out a helpful grid...
  • From Workplace to Anyplace

    Executive summary from a recent joint research project between Microsoft and the World Wildlife Fund on the benefits of ‘regularly working outside the office’ which itself contains some of the headline findings and stats... Despite the apparent benefits...
  • Tired Dragons

    In honour of Father’s Day, I thought I would pay homage to inspiration by my father, Rev. Edwin Lynn, to my exploration of Dynamic Working.  Dynamic use of spaces where people come together must be in my genes.  You see, 36 years ago, decades...
  • Great Places to Work

    Microsoft has just won the #1 spot in the 2009 Europe’s Great Places to Work survey . President Jean Philippe Courtois called out a number of New World of Work initiatives that really showcased Microsoft’s exploitation of technology to enable dramatically...
  • Het Nieuwe Werken

    Microsoft has been pushing the boundaries of flexible working for years now obviously leaning heavily on the empowerment that mobile, productivity and collaboration software enable. Last year I highlighted some of the measures that the UK office had introduced...
  • Telecommuting Tips

    CIO magazine ran an article ‘ 7 Things the CIO Should Know About Telecommuting’ with great pointers on this tactic for exploiting Dynamic Work... 1. Telecommuting Saves Money. Truly . 2. Telecommuters Really Can Be More Productive . 3. Telecommuting Doesn...
  • Who Benefits

    Recently I attended a symposium organised by the British American Business organisation at the offices of PR firm and workspace pioneer, Edelman , on the topic of ‘ Flexible Working – Who Benefits’ . For starters, it became startlingly clear that there...
  • Dynamic Education

    The ‘workplace’ for our children is school and this institution suffers many of the same issues as the ‘knowledge worker factory’ mode of daily working. And here too the notions of flexible and ‘dynamic’ learning are just as applicable. Dan Ramus , Microsoft...
  • N=1 and R=G

    I had the chance to listen to business management gurus C.K. Prahalad at the recent London Benchmark for Business event (thanks again Katie ). C.K.’s presentation on ‘ Realising the Opportunity’ talked about embracing the positive potential of the economic...
  • Free Agent Nation

    Seth Godin’s latest book ‘ Tribes’ offers up a passionate plea for more dynamic work fuelled by the initiative of pervasive and distributed ‘leadership’ for change. “Organisations are more important than ever. It’s the factories we don’t need.” I like...
  • The Costs of Commuting

    The Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford has released a study on “ The Costs of Transport on the Environment – The Role of Teleworking in Reducing Carbon Emissions ” which looks comprehensively at empirical macro-economic data on workers...
  • Gensler’s Modes of Work

    One of the observations Edelman’s Robert Phillips notes is the segmentation into different workstyles. He speaks of the ‘podists’ and the ‘benchists’ describing sub-groups that have formed based on personal preferences for where and how they work. The...
  • Edelman’s Velcro Office

    T he first place to start with Dynamic Work is applying the principles of dynamism to the workplace itself. Much as there is too much wasted office space (lit, powered, air conditions, secured) and time in centralised offices, ‘the office’ can and does...
  • People Oriented Architecture - Components

    Admittedly, the adapted definition of SOA is a pretty high level, but a number of SOA architects have determined a more in depth delineation of what SOA is all about and what it includes. A number of different vendors sometimes put forward their own versions...
  • People Oriented Architecture - Definition

    As I introduced in ‘ Virtual Parallels ,’ one of the intriguing developments inspiring my examination in ‘Dynamic Work’ is the parallels between increasingly flexible approaches to resourcing both knowledge work and computer work...
  • Dynamic Working Mums

    Dynamic Work is all about preserving key assets : economic resources, environmental resources and social resources. Concerning the lattermost, Steve Doughty , Social Affairs Correspondent at The Daily Mail , has been running a number of pieces on attitudes...