A few days ago Oscar, Ola and Markus met again to continue to elaborate on the paper that we started writing on the other week, with a mere two days to do it on. This time we did not go anywhere exotic, nor did we end up using Magic Charts (or as someone had written in some fieldnotes, magic sharts). Rather we used our trusted Post-Its, a whiteboard to visualize the process and what had to be done in a Kanban kind of way. At the end of the day some things remain but soon we have a draft that can be fine-tuned. One of the take-aways of the day was that we could use Trello to work separately and still folllow the Kanban method and thus keep track of the process. – and being able to tease each other on progress in a very VERY friendly manner.
In the recent number of Projektvärlden Markus published a article about boredom. Essentially the point is that boredom is dangerous but it can be managed by relying on routines and updating communication patterns. You find the article here
Kvalitetsmagasinet focuses on management issues from a quality perspective and each issue is distributed to 30000 people. In this article Markus continuous his rant about the consequences of boredom and in what ways it is dangerous and how it could be managed. Unfortunately in Swedish though.. They separated the interview into two separate articles, found below.
Markus was interviewed in the program Studio 1 in the national radio channel P1 today. The interview was again about boredom and the dangers of such, and how it could be managed.
The seminar was so interesting that we forgot to take pictures from it! The seminar was about an organizational change of a part of the Australian police as a consequence of severe corruption. While the organizational change was well-meant the outcomes were not that good. Rather than changing anything the change would prove to further establish similar behaviors and allow for the failing ethics to prosper, but in a different way. The full paper can be found here. (if one looks around there is software solutions to go beyond the paywalls of academic papers – and yes, the publishers business model is not ok…)
Background to the context and the paper could be found here
The magazine “Chef” wrote yet a article about boredom. This time it was slightly more extensive and published both on the web and in the magazine itself. Pretty fantastic what kind of coverage this idea has contributed with.
Link to the web version: https://chef.se/10-tecken-pa-att-jobbet-trakar-ut-dig/
Today we had the second Friday seminar. This time it was Björn´s turn to arrange the seminar. Björn chose a paper that he and Markus is writing on. The seminar included reading the draft of the paper, watching a five minute part of the video-ethnographic material and then making an analysis thereof using Post-Its. Great fun, very useful! And, a great way to end the week with some wine and assorted sausages that followed.
Next up is Markus on the 29th
Following the idea of the book Sprint, basically Design thinking but in Google variation, Oscar, Ola and Markus set off into the forest for some intense writing. The goal was essentially to put together a draft of a article in two days. Essentially we followed 30 minute sprints where we competing ideas was evaluated, tried different theoretical lenses, and abductively tried the ideas against the empirical material. The room was filled with post-its, magic charts and bad air – but the paper came together quite nicely. The method can certainly be improved but it was a fun, and fast way of working that broke most assumptions about academic life. Whereas we did not expect a publishable article in two days it certainly provided a frame to build on.
Svenska Dagbladet is collaborating with the magazine Chef. Chef is making another piece on our research on boredom. As part of that they are co-publishing the article in SvD. We are very happy to see that our research and efforts are making such a impact in the media. Hopefully someone reflects and puts it into action! You find the link to the article, here. And.. just so you know… NO, Markus did not climb Everest. But kind of wish he did..