The People vs. System Conundrum I’ve seen recently that some folks have difficulty reconciling Deming’s 95% rule: "Dr. Deming taught me that 95% of the performance of an organization is attributable t.o the individual" with Jerry Weinberg’s Second Law of Consulting:“No matter how it looks at first, it’s always a people problem.”
In the future of the internet of things, Wi-Fi is going to be everywhere, and the internet will connect you to every person and thing on the planet via transportation, teleportation and telepresence. A trillion wormholes will let you reach out from anywhere on earth and hug your loved ones, or try on a new pair of shoes, or unlock your bike.
In the future beyond the internet of things, all your senses will be wired directly into the internet’s wormholes, and you’ll be completely indifferent to the location of your physical body. When you look around you, you won’t be looking into a nearby region of space. You’ll be surfing an internet that annihilates all time and space – the internet of everything.
We spend nearly half our waking hours at work, and much of that time is not even spent doing our actual job: It's all work about work. Email is broken, and what works on social networks like Facebook just doesn't work for enterprises.
Intelligent processes, enabled by digital technology, create a virtuous cycle of constant improvement fed by continuous feedback. And they are set to soon reinvent much of the way that businesses are run - in as soon as the next five years.
"City of Edinburgh Council is to implement software allowing staff access to a single repository of cross-departmental city asset management data, replacing outdated technology, reducing costs and creating a 20% increase in channel shift by 2015. ...Council field workers will be issued with mobile devices to record their work and report issues such as environmental crime, broken street lights and potholes directly on to the system."
The Internet of Things promises that every object will eventualy be hooked up to a network. And 3D printing promises that any object we can imagine, we can build—on site and on demand. And big data promises we'll know everything there is to know about these networked objects.
What happens when you put those innovations together?
From our genomes to Jawbones, the amount of data about health is exploding. Bringing on top Silicon Valley talent, one NYC hospital is preparing for a future where it can analyze and predict its patients' health needs--and maybe change our understanding of disease.
If you don’t apply agility thinking to your leadership style you are robbing your organization of the opportunity to advance beyond its current constraints. Experimentation and learning do not require massive risk taking, all it take is a leap of faith.
When cloud formations take physical shape, neither their scale nor duration has an upper bound: We may begin to see cloud towns, then cloud cities, and ultimately cloud countries. At first this sounds rather implausible.
Chosen teachers are assigned a coach who works side by side with them throughout the year. I am one of these lucky coaches. Coaching has enabled me to make some discoveries about what happens when iPads are used effectively in the classroom.