What does one call a situation where a quote about knowledge is being used incorrectly to demonstrate the need for knowledge? For example: A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato The above is often referenced by those who want to point out that numbers (as in data) is not enough.… Continue reading Even Wrong, Sometimes Right
The earliest writing was cuneiform from the Mesopotamian civilizations. The writing was hard to do (reeds and clay tablets) and difficult to read (at one point over 1,000 symbols). A specialized class called dubsars, better known by the more generic term scribe, developed over time. To become a scribe required extensive training. The scribe maintained… Continue reading From Scribes to Data Scientists
There is a story (and significant debate on whether it is true) that during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, a man invented flexible glass (vitrum flexile). He was given an audience with the Emperor and demonstrated the unbreakable qualities of the glass by throwing a drinking vessel to the ground. The vessel was… Continue reading Digital Vitrum Flexile
Prior to the electronic storage of data, the primary medium for recording information was (and for many still is) paper. Big Data is focused on what can be done with the massive amounts of data organizations are creating and collecting. I was wondering if, at one time, there was a similar challenge in regards to… Continue reading I heard of Big Data. Does that mean at one time there was Big Paper?
There are many well known, treasured beliefs that direct how we make decisions, apply time, money and materiel in order to solve problems. Is all of this effort well spent? It is not uncommon to hear various laments about “the good ol’ days” shortly after some unspeakable act of violence is splashed across the media.… Continue reading We All Know That ……..
My response to the question “What kind of people do you hire?” Also refer to the Agnostic Pirates.
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