Know How versus Knowing How

Knowledge transfer barriers in the age of analytics Analytic functions are becoming part of day to day operations for many organizations, such as predicting what quantity of a supply to order, or the likelihood of an insurance claim being fraud.  But these functions are not implemented and left to run autonomously.  Upkeep and changes will… Continue reading Know How versus Knowing How

The Paradox of Skill

How much success can be attributed to skill or luck? The Paradox of Skill is simply this –  the closer in abilities two people are, the larger role luck plays in determining the outcome.  Olympic sprinters are extremely skilled and the differences in their abilities are minute.  So a very minor thing, like an inopportune… Continue reading The Paradox of Skill

From Scribes to Data Scientists

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

Digital Vitrum Flexile

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

Faith in Reason or Reasonable Faith

In my view, one of the more problematic cultural norms that recently developed is the division between science and religion.  It is presented as an either-or option.  Belief in religion means you are at odds with scientific discoveries.  A  scientific outlook means you must reject religion. This cultural dichotomy is dripping into everyday business during… Continue reading Faith in Reason or Reasonable Faith

Recall by Proxy

There are two main ways we access memory: Recognition Recall Recognition requires a simple familiarity decision. Recognition is the association of an event or physical object with one previously experienced. It involves a process of comparison of information with memory. Recall of an item from memory requires a two-stage process; the search and retrieval of… Continue reading Recall by Proxy