The 19th General Conference on Weights and Measures in 1991 was the last update to the metric system. At that time, they added the following multiplying factors: Multiplying factor Prefix Symbol 1021 zetta Z 10–21 zepto z 1024 yotta Y 10–24 yocto y How much bigger could anyting be? Really? We have rapidly gone through… Continue reading To Yocto and Beyond!
One of the worst kinds of Client engagement is when the unspoken mandate is; Save us! But do not change anything. These are situations where the results of failure are acknowledged, but the causes are being deliberately ignored. In some cases, the causes aspire to be ignored they are so far from the Client’s mind.It… Continue reading Save Us But Do Not Change Us
One of the golden rules of change management is: Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. The underlying assumption is that most people resist change because they do not understand it. If explained enough, then a resistor will realize the error of their ways, and like Scrooge, become a supporter. There may even be a group hug. It has been my experience that… Continue reading Talking When They Should Be Walking
One of the strengths of the English language is one can speak very poorly but still be understood. Another is the ease at which words are created or existing words have their meaning changed. For example, software piracy. Piracy is “robbery on the high seas”. Not too many pirates in history made copies of their… Continue reading The Agnostic Pirates of the Seven Seas
One of the ‘truisms’ of our age is the volume of change is increasing, and the speed of change is accelerating. So change is bigger and faster than ever. The agents of change have, and always will be, people. So what is now allowing people to create a whirlwind of change? The first, often overlooked,… Continue reading The Speed of Life
If there is one word to describe the 20th Century, it is mass: Mass destruction Mass media Mass transit Mass manufacturing Tremendous technological breakthroughs were made that brought an unprecedented level of prosperity on a mass scale. It also brought unimagined destruction as Total Warfare was born. Often overshadowed by technological advances were new ways… Continue reading The Effect of Mass Affected Everything
The Internet had a well known impact on the music industry. A friend recently brought to my attention another one that is impacting him. Private music teachers (those not employed by schools) are also facing extinction. Music teachers are competing with the availability of free video lessons, such as how to play guitar, on the… Continue reading Elvis has left the Building
How we view the past says more about we see the present than we do about the past. Look at how history books divide up eras – the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Age of Sail, etc. Technology is the dominant feature in defining eras. Did the average 15th century farmer see themselves as… Continue reading Looking Back
One of the greatest challenges to a leader is resistance to change. While everyone acknowledges the inevitably of change, for some, its introduction triggers a Not In My Backyard reaction. Change is all well and good short of actually applying it. It is very rare when leadership would deliberately introduce changes that would lead to… Continue reading Vive La Resistance!
There is an inherent folly when an organization states “it is going to trim the fat” and be lean. First, these announcements are usually made by the same people who allowed the fat to develop unabated. Second, much like my own mid-section, fat has a sneaky habit of growing unexpectedly (who trims the fat trimmers?).… Continue reading Weight Loss as a Harbinger