Is Voting The Answer For Better Product And Project Decisions?

October 24th, 2011 No comments

voting pictureVoting Is Always Good, Right?

In today’s “social everything” environment, rating and voting have been added to all sorts of software, including classic project management systems and idea capture tools. Is voting the answer to higher quality decisions in product and project management?

On the surface, voting sounds completely reasonable. Who wouldn’t want to know which features or defects get the most votes, so that the work that is most important to the largest group of users gets done first? The fly in the ointment for voting-based decision making is in some hidden assumptions—assumptions that are not universally true. Read more…

2011-01-11 We Are The Network: Handling Bad Behavior Online – Strategies and Implications

January 9th, 2011 No comments

2011-01-10 Added link “Can Pathological Politics Be Reversed?”

Handling Bad Behavior Online – Strategies and Implications

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This Week’s Topic

Handling Bad Behavior Online – Strategies and Implications

Bad behavior in online environments is a well known phenomenon, with its own character and implications. While some of the enablers for bad behavior are understood – relative anonymity, physical distance, the ability to sign off at a whim, the very low probability of ever encountering others in the discussion in person – best practices for handling such bad actors are varied. Suggestions for handling bad online behavior range from “don’t feed the trolls” (advice to totally ignore any sort of bad behavior) to “embrace and extinguish” (work towards turning an apparent opponent into an ally).

These behaviors cross the lines of online and in person, and repeatedly there have been cases where it at least appears that in person behavior has been influenced by inflammatory, “baiting” behavior online.

It is not always obvious which strategy is best for a situation. This week we’ll discuss the nature of bad behavior online, and discuss relative benefits, risks and likely outcomes of strategy choices in handling online behavioral issues.

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2010-11-16 We Are The Network: Is Offshoring a Race to the Bottom or Race to the Top?

November 14th, 2010 No comments

Is Offshoring a Race to the Bottom or Race to the Top?

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This Week’s Topic

Is Offshoring a Race to the Bottom or Race to the Top?

The debate about offshoring, the practice of moving jobs to other countries—usually with the objective of lowering costs—raises consistent and harsh debate. There are arguments about whether offshoring is “good” or “bad” and whether it creates problems or enhances the local job market. A presumption of many is that by offshoring lower-end jobs, this will be a race to the top for the country sending work overseas, as more people can focus on the higher value “race to the top” jobs. Others claim that this is merely a short term gain which will generate a “race to the bottom” globally, leaving a wider gap between rich and poor, and further centralizing power.

Is offshoring a race to the bottom, or a race to the top? What will the short, mid and long-term results of continued globalization and offshoring look like?

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2010-11-09 We Are The Network: Are there Human Limits to the Performance of Organized Education?

November 7th, 2010 No comments

Are there Human Limits to the Performance of Organized Education?

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This Week’s Topic

Are there Human Limits to the Performance of Organized Education?

Improvement of organized education, the process of teaching and learning typical in public and private schools of education, has been a focus area for generations. A central premise of the seemingly never-ending debates and discussions is that children and young adults can learn far more than they currently absorb, and that the failure to do so is the result of a inadequate educational system.

What if the performance of organized education is more limited by human factors than by systemic design decisions? Are there human limits that bound the performance of organized education? Is the performance of organized education boundless, and waiting only for the right combination of process and staff to unleash a dramatic improvement? Is there a point in the continuing advancement of human understanding, global communication, social and technical complexity that human learning will reach a limit, independent of the process used to impart it?

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2010-10-19 Will Misinformation and Disinformation Win?

October 19th, 2010 No comments

Will Misinformation and Disinformation Win?

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This Week’s Topic

Will Misinformation and Disinformation Win?

Misinformation (incorrect information that spreads inadvertently) and disinformation (incorrect information purposefully spread to accomplish a set agenda) are hardly new. The internet has enabled misinformation and disinformation to spread wildly, with the hope that other voices will over time counter it.

In this session we’ll discuss differences and similarities of misinformation and disinformation in the real time Internet age, and explore whether they have expanded, whether there are any “natural checks” on the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and whether ultimately misinformation and disinformation will crowd out real information due to sheer volume.

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2010-09-28 We Are The Network: Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

September 26th, 2010 No comments

Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

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Can Real Food be Faster than Fast Food?

We eat fast food. We eat a lot of it. The amount is going up, and going up dramatically over the last couple of years. Why is this? Some people say it’s about speed and convenience. Some say it’s cost. Perhaps the answer is simpler.  People can’t figure out how to cook in a way that fits the reality of today’s lifestyle and so in the absence of a way to “make it work,” fast food becomes the only way to “get it all done in the small amount of time left” in a day.

We watch “chef battle” cooking shows, where people who have years of culinary training create gourmet meals in amazingly short times. Does this help? Maybe, in that it gets people thinking about cooking themselves. However, just as photoshop fakery of model pictures creates an image of people that is unattainable, these shows create an image of cooking that is similarly unattainable to many.

Whenever the topic of food and cooking appears in our We Are The Network discussions, the group gets totally energized, and it basically derails whatever else was going on, so I figured this week “let’s just go with it.”

Is it really possible, without any gaming of the numbers or process, to actually cook real food at home in the same or less time than it would take to take the fast food route. Before you leap up and say “of course it’s possible” – let’s talk about the full time investment, including preparation, cleanup, shopping for food – everything.

If you’ve already got this “all figured out,” let’s hear about your magic for choosing recipes, food shopping, when and for what, which kitchen skills you need to work on to make things flow quickly, techniques to get things done quicly, and how to not end up with a mountain of cleanup (a time sink that real people know about, but the recipe books so conveniently ignore when they say “simple, 30 minute prep”!)

Bring your ideas. Bring your recipes. Maybe don’t show up hungry (don’t say I didn’t warn you!), and let’s have a fun and very different session.

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2010-09-21 We Are The Network: The “I Have Proof!” Game

September 19th, 2010 No comments

The “I Have Proof!” Game

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This Week’s Topic

The “I Have Proof!” Game

Let’s find out if it’s possible to “prove anything on the net!” This week we’ll play a serious game called “I Have Proof!” Here’s how the game works. We’ll all pick a “for” or “against” position, and then pick a topic. We’ll set a timer for five minutes, and try to find coherent persuasive proof on the Internet for our chosen position. Then we’ll compare proof and arguments to see what we have in hand. I suspect we can find reasonably persuasive proof in both directions on any topic we can think up – let’s see if it’s true, and what we learn in the process!

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2010-09-14 We Are The Network: Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

September 12th, 2010 No comments

Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

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Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

Once upon a time, the focus of management, marketing and sales was spin, change people’s interests, views, and desires towards your goals. For the last few years, it seems that the pop-psych current thinking has flipped to a completely opposite position, that not only can you not change anyone else, the only thing you can do is hope to attract them to you, and to attract them to change.

Is one or the other of these positions more accurate? Are there ways to change another person? If not, then why is advertising and marketing still effective, and why does management focus on improving performance (which could be looked at as a direct attempt to change behavior towards corporate goals)? If we can change other people, why do so many attempts to do so result in failure, even to the point of destructive side effects? Does refusing the concept of changing others result in a self-focused, narcissistic society? Does one or the other position, by design, improve society over time?

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2010-09-07 We Are The Network: Which Secrets will we Find in the Social Web?

September 5th, 2010 No comments

Which Secrets will we Find in the Social Web?

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This Week’s Topic

Which Secrets will we Find in the Social Web?

Personal information is now scattered throughout the web, stored in and exposed by thousands of social networks, millions of blogs, email lists and other collections. Systems like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter provide a mindbending amount of information about people and their relationships, and these are only the “big three” out of an ever growing number of “social” systems.

Marketers are, of course, digging in to this treasure trove of information to improve results, however we are likely at the very leading edge of understanding the impact of public social information. What will the social web expose about us on the personal, societal and species level? Will we learn things we never knew? Will we learn things we wished we never knew? Will it change the way public and corporate policy is developed and analyzed? How will it change the way we interact and relate to each other?

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2010-08-31 We Are The Network: Bias and Discrimination – Where Are We Headed?

August 29th, 2010 No comments

Bias and Discrimination – Where Are We Headed?

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This Week’s Topic

Bias and Discrimination – Where Are We Headed?

Bias and discrimination get lots of focus in both general discussion and political arenas, and have for many years. Have we made substantive progress to date, and regardless of that answer, where are we headed? What is the likely trajectory of both public discourse and the “reality on the ground” for bias and discrimination? Are we headed for a world that demonstrates less bias and discrimination, or will they be presented in different and perhaps more disguised fashions (or both or neither)?

This week we will talk about the nature of bias and discrimination, how they are found and presented today, and where we think the public and private path leads going forward.

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