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Use Your Dark Data

In the same way that dark matter is an unseen but very large part of the cosmos (some estimates peg dark matter at 27 percent of the mass of the universe), dark data represents the unseen but very large part of the data that most...
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Lessons Learned From Cancer Treatment Doctors

Over the years, oncologist Barbara McAneny, MD, had grown increasingly frustrated with what hospitals were doing to her patients. Every time chemotherapy complications sent someone to an emergency room, which happens all too often, “they’d come out a little bit worse, each time just another...
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You Are Only As Good As Your Project Data

As you’ve probably heard, while Hillary Clinton won the majority of the popular vote, Donald Trump was awarded more than 270 votes in the Electoral College. Many, particularly on social media, were incredulous, partly at the candidates but also at the pollsters — in particular,...
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Your Big Data Is At Your Fingertips

So Bull Moose was able to anticipate demand for then-unknown bands such as Pearl Jam and Limp Bizkit before competitors. “We ordered stuff far better than others,” Wickard says, “but we also returned far less merchandise.” Over the past two decades, Wickard and a handful...
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Lessons Learned From The Elizabeth Holmes Ban

The cause of [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)] considering a ban as the result of investigations by federal regulators of how Theranos clinical business operates, may be summed up by a series of the following headlines in a long 33-page letter CMS sent...
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Preventing Meetings That Do Not End

Credit: Rebekah Campbell
It’s easy for stand-ups, which are supposed to be brief team-sharing ceremonies, to turn into extended meetings. Limit the conversation to simple statements about things the entire team should know — what you did yesterday, what you’re doing today, and any blockers or help needed....
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Self Reporting Is Highly Inaccurate So Do This

Self Reporting Is Highly Inaccurate So Do This
[S]elf-reporting data can be very misleading.  For instance, in an Australian hospital, 73 percent of staff doctors claimed that they soaped up before interacting with patients.  But a study based on observed behavior showed that only 9 percent of them did. Stephen Dubner, Freaky Thinkers...
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Be Boring But Ensure No One Knows

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At a news conference after the launch …  CEO Elon Musk said SpaceX plans to launch every two to three weeks later in the year. And it will continue to try to perfect the art of the first-stage landing, either on the drone ship, as...
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The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target

The Trouble With Targets Is Having A Target
Whether the demand is for capping the rise in Earth’s temperatures, creating therapies to halt  memory loss in the elderly or expanding farm output to meet the world’s growing population, the answer is the same: Set targets. The urge to target is varied and insistent...
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Cheaters Promoted to Top Jobs

Cheaters Promoted To Top Jobs
Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators …. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s chief...
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Lessons Learned From Volkswagen’s Tricks

Lessons Learned From Volkswagens Tricks
German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that VW’s internal investigation has found a 2007 letter from parts supplier Bosch warning Volkswagen not to use the software during regular operation. Separately, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported that a Volkswagen technician raised concerns about illegal practices in...
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Lessons Learned From Slow Economic Growth

Lessons Learned From Slow Economic Growth
The expansion’s modest pace has kept inflation down, allowing the Fed to hold its target for short-term interest rates near zero since 2008. Moderate growth also means that the U.S. has avoided debt-driven excesses that can bring an upswing to an abrupt halt, as happened...
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