Data and ethics

The BBC recently ran a news item describing how an airliner got into difficulties because of a software flaw. On closer examination, it's probably more precise to say that an airline pilot got into difficulties because some people interpret the meaning of the title "Miss" differently to others, but that's not as snappy, and doesn't … Continue reading Data and ethics

Lists, maps and strategy

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a distinction between two types ofthinking - map thinking and list thinking. In a chance' conversation this week with a former colleague Mark, we started to explore how these two mindsets might apply to the thorny world of strategy. To start off, there are many interpretations of … Continue reading Lists, maps and strategy

Evolution, not intelligent design

Eight or so years ago, I found myself at a software developer event organised by the US company Twilio. If you are not familiar, Twilio provide software that allows other people building apps to connect their products and services to the telephone system. They enable you to integrate with voice and text messages without the … Continue reading Evolution, not intelligent design

Technology, change and the rule of three

Maybe it's just the undue influence of De La Soul in my youth, but there's something about the Rule of Three that I find compelling. Ideas that come in threes just seem... right(er). I've been thinking very hard in the last few weeks about how to bring together an approach that can take us into … Continue reading Technology, change and the rule of three

Transcribing workshop outputs – the PostIt App

It's not often I get properly excited about new software. Maybe that's a function of age. Maybe a function of a cynical outlook. But when I started up the PostIt app yesterday, I was genuinely excited about the new feature that the app (which is free) has added - handwriting transcription. If you aren't familiar, … Continue reading Transcribing workshop outputs – the PostIt App

What are your algorithms?

Over the Christmas break, one of the many things I read was Hannah Fry's book about algorithms, Hello World. It's a cracking exploration in non-technical terms about the world of algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Early on in the book, Hannah describes how all algorithms do one or more of the following things: Prioritization … Continue reading What are your algorithms?

Diversity & Innovation

A couple of weeks ago I did a bit of an experiment at the 2019 Tech Leaders Summit. Here's the transcript...   Matt Ballantine When I was asked by the organisers to convene a panel on the subjects of innovation, there were a couple of things that were going through my mind first, This was … Continue reading Diversity & Innovation

Harnessing Diversity

A couple of months ago I was asked by the organisers of the¬†Tech Leaders Summit¬†if I could pull together a panel discussion on the theme of digital innovation. A few things struck me. First of all, that having become increasingly aware of and now refusing to take part in all-male panels, if I was going … Continue reading Harnessing Diversity

Reframing problems

My younger son can get overly focused on things. A couple of days ago it was the Eight Queens Puzzle. The puzzle is relatively simple to explain. You need to place eight chess queens onto a chessboard in such a way that no piece can take another piece. There are millions of permutations of how … Continue reading Reframing problems