It’s not all Big Data

The funny thing is many problems aren’t big enough to use the fanciest big data solutions. Sure, companies like Google or Yahoo track all of our web browsing; they have data files measured in petabytes or yottabytes. But most companies have data sets that can...
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Deep Dive Into The Little Problems Now

Essentially, it was by luck. At ongoing hearings, senior bank executive Clive van Horen explained that the error had escaped numerous internal bank controls that should have caught it. The error was finally uncovered after troubling questions were raised over the bank’s overdraft application process...
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Change the mindset and cause a revolution

A gamble 20 years ago unleashed the source code for the browser that became Firefox. The approach is now core to Facebook, Google and everyone else. … “For so long the mindset was ‘protect the code, protect the code, protect the code,'” said Chris Tino,...
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These things are just always wrong

If Musk is concerned about any of his multiple risky ventures, he isn’t letting on. At SXSW, Jonathan Nolan asked the billionaire if he tries to plan around failures based on his experience dealing with SpaceX and Tesla obstacles in the past. “I don’t really...
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This time we’ll do things differently, promise

The B-21’s core design initiative has been to use mature and semi-mature components and subsystems not only to lower risk and to decrease development time and costs, but also to better ensure support for the aircraft over time. Although many look to history to predict...
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Overcoming poor management culture

Kobe Steel Ltd admitted on Tuesday its data fraud has been going on nearly five decades and also revealed new cases of cheating, highlighting the challenges facing the 112-year-old company mired in compliance failures and malfeasance…. “What you see is a pattern, a culture,” said...
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Avoiding A Bad Launch

The 2.6 billion-rouble ($45 million) satellite — the Meteor M — was launched last month from Vostochny, with Roscosmos losing contact with it shortly after. It then emerged that the rocket carrying the satellite had been programmed with the wrong coordinates, and had instead been...
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Shaping Priorities

“It’s almost like a dark state going on in Tallahassee,” said Rep. Carlos Trujillo, a Miami Republican and critic of the “culture of Tallahassee that compromises the process” because “priorities are shaped not on policy, but on relationships. MiamiHerald.com, Nov 5, 2017, Code of silence...
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Agile Needs An Appropriate Culture

The mere adoption of agile practices does not equate with the agile principles required for digital transformation. “Agile is a culture, not a process. Applying agile practices like Scrum or Kanban without changing organizational culture will not work,” noted Kretchmer. Even in organizations that are...
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Successfully doing what nobody supports

My neurologist and peers (other physicians) were deeply concerned, and warned that over time, I would regret the seemingly illogical decision. Although well intended, they didn’t live in my shoes. I was drowning in fatigue, pain, depression, and uncertainty, all while living compliant with what...
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Silencing the objections

Debate is at the heart of a democracy. Discourse is what fuels growth in any organization. When our aim is to silence one another rather than to discuss or challenge with dignity and respect, it’s a sign that society is beginning to fail. Forbes, Nov...
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Committees Producing Deep Wisdom

  But what does this have to do with program committees? In 2014, the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation (NIPS) Conference split the program committee into two independent committees, and then subjected 10% of the submissions 166 papers to decision making by both committees. The...
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