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
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
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
Big Data is used to describe data sets so large and complex that they become awkward to use. The difficulties include capture, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. An often quoted fact about Big Data is a variation of – Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the… Continue reading Can I Super Size Your Data?
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
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
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 grandfather was a coal miner. At one point, the company paid the workers based on how far they progressed (dug) into a coal seam. The idea was to provide them an incentive to be more productive. As would happen, one day the “official” measuring stick had a legitimate (or so it was claimed) accident… Continue reading Digging for Metrics
If you are over 40 and work in a white collar job, you either are or know people who are subject matter experts on the arcane operations of your company. Entire careers have been built and sustained by hoarding knowledge and becoming the ‘go to guy’. But is this going to last? While watching the… Continue reading The Value of Knowledge