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Entries from July 2013

Problem and Process: Four Cases

July 29th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is the thing we are attempting and the way we are attempting it. Using this perspective, there are four cases to consider. Wrong Thing – Wrong Way: Here we chose the wrong problem to solve and the wrong process to solve it. Aargh. We will work very hard with grievous vexation […]

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Tags: Management · Problems · Process

Predictors of the Next Technology

July 25th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips My experiences teach me that younger technologists are much better at predicting the future than older technologists. Go back to 2007. I am working in a group that looks at technology trends so we can be ready for the future when it comes. We were considering operating systems for smartphones. The senior […]

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Tags: Adapting · Change · Culture · Technology

New (Mis)Use for Facial Recognition – Real-Time Political Polls

July 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Facial recognition software can (probably) detect emotional reactions. We enter the age of the real-time political poll and its (largely unintended) consequences. A recent study delves into the use of facial recognition software in education. I like the idea. Have the computer detect confusion, frustration, etc. in students using computer-based training or […]

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Tags: Change · Technology

Labeling People

July 18th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A  practice in government was labeling people. It was a lazy but oft-used practice. Happenstance was the main source of labels. I worked in government 28 years. Managers were often overwhelmed with things to do. Much of the “work” was self-created, but that is another story for another time. Anyways, one result […]

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Tags: Employment · Government · Management · Observation

Yet Another Source of Story Ideas

July 15th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I stumble upon yet another source of story ideas. I like to write short stories. I have more ideas than time and energy to write them. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon yet another source of story ideas. Go to a McDonald’s somewhere where you never go Observe people Make up […]

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Tags: Writing

Competition and Creativity

July 11th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Another age-old motivation technique that should probably go away. It was 30 years ago (yes, I am that old). The big boss of the organization was excited. A competing organization was trying to build a new product just like we were trying to build. By the way, we were both government organizations […]

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Tags: Government · Management · Work

Writing Work Ethic and Speed

July 8th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If you write 1,000 words a day, you will write 365,000 words in a year. That is about five novels or a hundred short stories. And that requires typing words for only one hour a day. I like to read the blog of author Dean Wesley Smith. He recently wrote about a […]

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Tags: Writing

Happy Birthday America

July 4th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I was looking at the calendar and noticed that this blog would appear on the 4th of July. Well, why should I write about anything but America on the 4th of July? Happy Birthday America. We have lots of problems here, and some people are pessimistic about how many more birthdays America […]

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Tags: Family

Debilitated by a Dog

July 1st, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I am bit by a large dog. What is worse, I could not write about it. I went on a short walk recently. The big event of the walk was that a large dog walked up to me and bit me on the right forearm. All things considered, I was fortunate. The […]

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Tags: Writing