Having teenage kids is interesting. Because you probably are wrong, they are not really yours. They have their own world, and yours is completely separate. All you have hopefully done is create a net, so when they explore the real world they can fall without getting killed. Children who had nightmare grow into teenagers who learn to loose them and replace them with experience and finally grow up into adults who are not afraid of comparison, debate research and evidence (mostly). Read more... (329 words, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
A manager of mine 10 years ago came out with “Perception is reality”. It has niggled at me ever since. Perceptions change, so reality changes? would it not be more insightful calling it perception is a reality? If I see a threat to my business, does it make that threat real? Odd – but maybe this story help me (and maybe you) to have a go at re-evaluating business in general. Read more... (1162 words, estimated 4:39 mins reading time)
In the UK we had a trail about a woman that took the points her husband received in regards to vehicle offences (bad driving). The case itself is pretty simple. The question put to the jury was simple enough as well. Did she accept the points willingly, and was she culpable. The the that the person involved was publicly well know, and her than husband was also a public figure in politics should be irrelevant. However the jury didn’t seem to get it. It asked silly questions about “should a possibility, that did not form part of anything presented in court be taken into account, or is the jury limited to evidence before it”. “What is reasonable doubt” was another question posed. Read more... (595 words, 1 image, estimated 2:23 mins reading time)
Being a sales person must be one of the real tough jobs in this world. Being a sales person fundamentally asks you to cover a contradiction. You only can sell what you have, and there is every chance the person buying doesn’t need exactly what you have.
Imagine you sell cars, what I as a customer want is a car that can go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, has 2-7 comfortable seats, safe as a tank and runs on fresh air and produces 0 emissions. Oh yes, and it should also power my house for free, swap steering wheel sides over depending on what country I am in, and fly. I am happy to pay 1% of my monthly salary for that, after tax of course, and the thing should last for ever, but always look and feel modern, but also be a classic. Oh, and only I can have it. Read more... (236 words, 1 image, estimated 57 secs reading time)
The economy is not well. This is not only basic fact, but it is also creating interesting pressures that can be decoded using basic economics and history.
I had a conversation with a colleague (about 15 minutes ago) and as a new manager (just recently appointed) of a large group of people I asked him how it was going and how he coped with the pressure.
“My brain is just buzzing. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking”.
He did in fact look very tired, with his eyes not really opening. Read more... (531 words, 1 image, estimated 2:07 mins reading time)
I like to focus on things that are surprising, I am obsessed with context and complexity, and I work day in and day out with people and organisations that face data challenges. So here goes another odd story.
I had seen an advert for Heinz Large chunky soup (the advert showing large chunks of beef on a spoon) promising a more manly experience than tiny invisible beef remains I made up my mind to try this. The advert had been screened on US TV, but when I saw the soup in a UK supermarket I tried it. Read more... (904 words, 1 image, estimated 3:37 mins reading time)
When did you hear for the first time about in memory systems? Today? Last year? 1982?
For me it was the latter. In 1982 I was invited to work with students at bremen university on developing a new type of computer programmes. We were still working with card readers, where a machine punches holes in cardboard strips to store binary information. The idea was to load data into a more permanent form of memory called EPROM (erasable programable read only memory). The issue was that at that time EPROM was used for permanent data to help a device start up correctly. Operating systems were to follow, but freely dipping in and out of that memory was not great ( as the name ReAd Only Memory indicated. Read more... (686 words, 1 image, estimated 2:45 mins reading time)
kindleimg. a newish form or reading. this is the real throwback to the IT dark ages. its a one trick pony. And while it is indeed specialised for it it is hardly breaking the bank in feature terms. 4GB of storage. freescale arm 11 at 532Mhz processor and 256 MB ram wasn’t even great 10 years ago. So what is it with the sales figures? forrester estimates them at over 4 million as of mid 2010. it makes no sense really until you use one for a while. Its ergo dynamic and simple to use. it does wha it does well and it lets you read anything anywhere . i can even with a small sneaky workaround post online. the reason. it is great at what it does. and it offers something book people wanted for years. their library on the move. nothing in reading comes close to it. not even a book. and tha pains me to say. the kindle is a better book. trees can breathe easier. weell….maybe not. but at least book readers don’t hae to take the blame, right?
No, not the gangster movie, I do mean analytics as in maths and predictions. I am not sure if you noticed, but there is a it of a new buzz around regarding analytics. The last 3 projects I am was working on all ended up spending a lot of money on Analytics to gain more competitve advantage. Our team of analysts has grown from 3 to over 50. So I thought it might be worth noting a few things down on analytics that might be worth a few moments of your time. I’ll quote the CEO of my last multinational to set the questions (If you have seen the filme “Dogma” think of a character not unlike Jay, as in Jay and Silent Bob representing the CEO I have in mind.) Read more... (588 words, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)