I’ve been thinking around incentives in a large multi dimensional organization which collaborates with external partners.
My view is that we should have incentives for each “part”, but that we would be equally responsible to achieve those.
As an example with 3 business areas (but in real life we would do this with all business areas) – A, B and C.
I would get a target of XXA MEUR revenue, B has XXB MEUR, and C has XXC MEUR.
During the yearly budget planning, I would then be interested in what the others think they would get in the year – because if they don’t, then I suffer. In similar way, others are interested in what I say because they don’t want to suffer if I don’t make it.
On monthly reviews we then are more interested in what others get – because if they are not reaching their targets neither are we. We should have a 1 summary slide on that in each monthly meeting so that we all start to know each other’s business – and maybe spend 30-40 minutes on that, so that we can discuss where we need to put more and less attention.
This would then allow for us to move FTE targets around – or reallocate hours of people in our business units where we see more potential. In a good world, I get rewarded because C makes their goal when maybe my area is having a downturn in the business. We would need to talk about when we would shift FTEs in the org – maybe once or twice a year when we see a pattern stabilising. Also would give some rotation / growth possibilities.
We would also need to be careful about how we reward people – for example if I am not making my targets, but I and team are helping C make theirs (because that is where the business is for that year), then we need to be able to recognise that too. Nice thing is that this also handles downturns in a specific business area – which is part of life. Compare this to now, where if I am lucky I have a good portfolio and if I am unlucky I spend my time trying to grab other people’s portfolio (red ocean) or spend lots of money creating a new market (blue ocean).
You can then extend up or down a layer or across. As an example downwards, in this year we would have had a company goal around Azure. C would have divided their business goal into parts, one of which would have been Azure. I would have done the same. We then put the people together who are doing Azure as they should both help each other to reach that goal. Important thing here is not to link the goal to the revenue of the product they own (as then we waste time arguing who owns the product), but to link it to a product and it does not matter who owns that.
We can also then extend to other parts of the org, for example in each country they would have a cloud goal that then adds up to our cloud goal.
You can then extend to partners, so we would say to Partner D that here are the people who have goals around Azure and goal is 10M EUR. Now who in your org is going to help us get that?
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I had a problem that whenever I connected/disconnected my surface pro 3 to my dell displaylink 3100, then processes would take time to recover. Workaroud was to kill and restart explorer – although explorer might not have shown in the task manager as the processes consuming the most cpu. I recently upgraded my displaylink driver to version 8.0.778.0. Now everything seems ok.
One thing that annoys me is the ability of my bluetooth mouse to wake my surface pro whilst it is in my bag. Here is how to fix.
First, reset your power plans (open the power plan from the control panel, then reset it).
Next, open a cmd prompt with admin rights (windows key + R, cmd, right click to get administrator option).
Then type the commands below (after the command prompt)
C:>powercfg /devicequery wake_armed
HID-compliant mouse (001)
Microsoft USB Dual Receiver Wireless Keyboard (Mouse and Keyboard Center)
Surface Ethernet Adapter
C:>POWERCFG /DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “HID-compliant mouse (001)”
C:>POWERCFG /DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “Microsoft USB Dual Receiver Wireless Keyboard (Mouse and Keyboard Center)”
C:>POWERCFG /DEVICEDISABLEWAKE “Surface Ethernet Adapter”
C:>powercfg /devicequery wake_armed
The May 2016 firmware upgrade had a problem whereby some batteries reported false (lower) battery levels. The August firmware release should fix that: https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/microsoft-surface/78031/microsoft-issues-surface-pro-3-firmware-update and https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38826. Execute the appropriate msi.
I have a surface pro 3. It’s gorgeous and I love it. However sometimes it gets confused and does not start up. I use this page to help me.
When it does start, I notice that the clock has lost some minutes / hours (basically since it was last working). So remember to update that.
Recently on the new patches for win8.1, it seems to power down rather than sleep. I have not quite figured that one out yet.
I have multiple email accounts. On the recent wp10 upgrade (14393.189) which I think occurred on September 23, I could only see contents of 1 email account. Various combinations of that: Sometimes all email accounts were shown in the list, sometimes not. When I switched to another email account, it only displayed the title and then the contents showed my Hotmail. Sometimes it just needed to sync. Other times it crashed.
I knew the emails and folders for the other accounts were still there as I got some notifications on the notification screen that I had emails only gmail. When I clicked that, I was able to see the gmail but nothing else. (So that is work around: Send yourself an email and see the notification – but did not seem to work for exchange/outlook based emails).
I tried hard reboot but that did not work.
Fix was to delete the account that was showing (my Hotmail account, luckily with no contacts attached to it) and then reinstall it (had to do that twice, as the hello/pin authentication ended up with a blank white screen. Inbetween the 2 times, I also used the edge browser to log on.
I had some problems upgrading to win10. I thought I would write down my experiences as I dont think I will be the only one 🙂
I had win8 on my personal laptop, so I decided to take advantage of the free upgrade offer to win10. I have a tool rmprepusb that allows you to boot the image off of a usb. As the iso for win10 is large, I decided to go that way and download it to the usb key, so I would have a way to do the upgrade on other computers.
Problem was that, even though I used the usb key and selected upgrade, it did not do an upgrade to win10, but instead did a new install. This meant that my license key was lost (forever?) and I was now in win10 without a license.
Luckily win10 comes with a rollback feature. Unluckily that did not work for me.
The trick here is to look into c: drive and rename the windows.old directory. I then reinstalled a virgin win8 with a license key. Once I had that in place, I used my usb key to reboot and get a dos prompt and renamed the existing windows directory to windows.8new and copied the windows.old directory to be windows. Then rebooted into the machine again – and it all seemed to work ok (even had all my programs on the start menu, etc).
I then did the upgrade option for win10 (as I should have done right from the beginning).
I now have a legit license for win10.
Microsoft brings iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 http://bit.ly/1EAjeQS. Microsoft’s goal: 1 billion active Win10 devices in 2-3 years.
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I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago so I bought a band. Here’s my first thoughts:
1. Heavy. It is quite heavy – I feel it when I go running.
2. Battery. Requires charging every 2 days.
3. Waterproof. Cannot handle shower but can handle rain.
4. Heart rate. I’ve noticed big differences between band and and an HRM belt.
5. Pedometer. Big differences between Garmin vivosmart and band – but I am wearing them on different wrists.
6. Cortana. Cant figure out how this works, nor twitter.
7. Music. Why cant I start and stop music?
Things I like:
1. Ecosystem. Its part of the ecosystem so it should get better.
2. Data. It collects a lot of data – including gps when running. Where does it all go? Would be great to have Endomondo interface…
3. Sleep %. Ok one for data freaks but quite interesting to see % efficiency of sleep and how many times you woke up…
I wanted to add instructions for setting up a laptop in win8, sort of quick start. Started off by being a quick start for our company. I thought I would then remove the specifics as it makes for quite a general list.
Here are my “top 5” tips for setting up dell xps12
- Laptop. For first few days, bring your other laptop with you – you will need it. Boot it up now. You will need it for the company intranet html pages. A memory key is a good idea too.
- Support. If CIO do not support your laptop, notes below are essential…
- Win8. No point in upgrading an existing virtual machine (or any other win7) to win8 – you lose all your apps anyway.
- Swipe. Learn how to swipe from right, and use search.
- Bitlocker. Before putting in any data, set up bitlocker. Type bitlocker in the swipe search panel & go to manage bitlocker. Bitlocker is really good – it works between win7 and win8. Also works on external drives too.
- F-Secure. Install anti-virus. If you can install already using the memory key.
- Network. There is no fixed LAN connection – use wifi. If you need a fixed connection, get this: Asus WL-330NUL USB All-In-One Wireless-N Pocket Router.
- Wifi. Connect to wifi
- F-Secure. If you did not do this already, do it now.
- WinUpdate. Swipe and search for windows update. Get your system up to right patch level (will probably need multiple reboots). Weird thing – if there are updates pending, win8 freezes on any new installs – but wont tell you why.
- DellUpdate. Dell update client is quite good and I use that (or rather I go to Dell website and get the patches from there)
- Desktop. To get quickly to desktop (traditional windows mode), hit windows key + E – this will launch explorer
- Win8. Download pokki for Windows Start like functionality. http://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu
- Control Panel. Hit windows key + X for quick menu to control panel
- Pinning. I use app pinning (right click icon on bottom bar whilst program is running, to pin to taskbar – essentials are firefox, cisco anyconnect, control panel, onenote/evernote, powerpoint, office stuff)
- Keyboard. (Use control panel & keyboard – might also want to do language & region too). Get Finnish language if it’s not set already. Windows key + space swaps languages.
- VPN. Install your VPN – best option I have seen so far is CISCO AnyConnect.
- Firefox. Use firefox browser for all intranet pages – nothing else really works on Win8: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/
- Domain logins. Don’t forget to login as
\ – if you don’t do the \ at the beginning, then it assumes you are a local user and you wont get anywhere
- Office. I use Office 365 to get my Outlook client, Lync, etc (mail is still stored on company servers). Otherwise you will need to get version (remember that normal company install eg via BMC is not supported). You can access to fileshares if you are on the vpn though.
- Email. Get details of the email server from your old laptop and copy those into Outlook.
- Printers. You are not on Active Directory, so you need to enter the printer ip, eg: \\
\ – usually print server will have most of the printers behind it (install new printer from control panel/devices and printers)
- Acrobat. Download adobe acrobat and install – and then make it the default pdf reader. Otherwise you are doomed to always flip back to the Win8 reader (which is not so good).
- Create restore point. This is where I would do the first backup of my system and create restore point. Swipe from right & search for restore in settings.
- Migration. This is first time I would migrate my previous stuff over.
- Displayport. Cheapest & quickest is from Claus Ohlson (but still 20+ EUR). Or from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AAUNHGE/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (10 EUR – but quite chunky). Other options shown at end.
- Handwriting. For tablet to recognise handwriting, it needs to be set to correct language. I pin the keyboard icon to the taskbar to switch often.
OneNote. Seems to have best tablet support. I’ve not tested Evernote in tablet mode.
- Performance. Pretty good – but I have had some challenges recently when I leave the laptop on a long time without rebooting & replug to a new display (it could take 20-30 minutes to recover). I updated al patches recently and it seems ok again now.
Some other displayports…
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