There's a pattern, and it's steady as a rock

I have been in IT since 1992. For any tool, platform, framework I’ve worked with in the last 27 years, the biggest obstacles to its introduction are almost never technical.

It’s always these three to blame…

a. A culture closed to change,

b. Not enough sponsorship of top management,

c. Poor engagement of people

I would say that c. is often a direct consequence of a. and b.

The “partnership” catch

When one of your big customers will talk “partnership”, my advice is… wear your business helmet! Most of the time, when they offer you a “partnership” they mean you will be together in something where they put 30 and you must bankroll 70.

So, always rememeber what the romans used to say:

Numquam est fidelis cum potente societas

(never trust an alliance with someone powerful)

The hypest hype of the moment

In this realistic and interesting article, Wim Naudé on clarifies and explain the real state of the art of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

I do not think there will be another dark age for AI like it happened for 20-30 years in the past, but we must be all very careful of not talking too big.

Push the red button if someone is boasting too much

Useful absurdities

I am re-reading the very useful book Management of the Absurd: Paradoxes in Leadership by Richard Farson.

I don’t agree with everything he writes but… some of his “absurdities” are incredibly well worth recalled:

  • The more important a relationship, the less skill matters
  • Most problems that people have are not problems, but predicaments
  • In communication, form is more important than content
  • The best resource for the solution is who presents the problem
  • Individuals are indestructible, organizations are fragile

Buzzwords (aka Bullsh*t)

Data Science, Machine Learning, IoT, Industry 4.0 …
Most of the people that goes on with all these buzzwords don’t really know what they are talking about. All these buzzwords must be accompanied by real life and proved examples.

Otherwise, you are talking bullshit.

I also found this interesting paper by Ben Murphy and Zencos