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Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

A nice discussion of Agile development techniques in the large corporation context.  It’s definitely the wave of the future, and all firms and enterprises need to consider it. Time to do away with the old project management mentality and get feedback from the users.

  Agile is mindset.

Source: Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

Automating Supply Chain Resilience – High on Your Digital Agenda?

Can we use software and analytics to help insure supply chain resilience?  MIT and others are doing a lot of study in this area.  and so are a lot of companies.  This will be a growth area for software companies who come up with clever solutions that can be integrated with existing data and systems and which actually work. Entrepreneurs, start your engines!!

Here is the survey mentioned in the article: cse-2016-final-dsciwhitepaper-resilience

Source: Automating Supply Chain Resilience Should Be High on Your Digital Agenda

This History of the Shipping Container

John Edmonds of Freightos sent me this history of the shipping container in time for the 60th anniversary of the first container shipment, the Ideal X, on April 26th.

I found it useful reading.  It never hurts to remind ourselves of the disruptive effect mass acceptance of a standard has on coordinating efforts in an industry.  We see it over and over in high tech, energy, autos, manufacturing.

Of course some standards fail to be accepted (for instance, beta video tape), and fall by the wayside.  But we cannot advance if we do not try; that is the nature of disruptive entrepreneurial behavior in business.

Such is the dilemma facing ocean carriers and alliances today. Perfect competition will not yield profit; the surplus will go to those with critical inputs.  Instead the pie must be made bigger by coordinating efforts through standards.  This will inevitably create niches in which particular firms can survive nicely by adding their special value.

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A comprehensive history of the freight shipping container; its creator, Malcolm McLean; and how it’s driven the industry, the global economy, and more.

Source: This History of the Shipping Container