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Entries from October 2014

Forward to the Past, Yet Another Time

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Google, Adobe, Chromebooks, and Creative Cloud take us yet again forward to a day long ago. Google and Adobe have just announced that we can run Adobe’s Creative Cloud on a Chromebook. Wow. I am not trying to be flippant. This is a big deal. You buy a $200 or $100 Chromebook […]

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Tags: Computing · Technology

Too Close for Comfort

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips For many of us, being close shows us the details, and those details make us sick. I give to several non-profit organizations. One of them is based ten thousand miles away. Another is based five miles away. I see many details of the one that is five miles away. I don’t like […]

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Tags: Competence · Expectations · General Systems Thinking · Problems

Progressive Government IT—Decades Behind

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A look at 21st century Digital Government shows that government is still decades behind. Look at this ground-breaking document from our Federal government. It describes how to achieve 21st-century excellence in IT services for the citizen. Okay, enough of the hyperbole. Let’s look at the document. It shows IT in three layers: […]

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Tags: Government · Systems

Great Ideas and Those Who have Them

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A great idea is merely a requirement; it is not a design. The thinker of the great idea is important, but so is everyone else involved in the endeavor. Allow me to start with a blunt statement: Steve Jobs did not design the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, and nothing else that […]

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Tags: Design · Ideas · Requirements

Job Interviews and Consulting Sessions

October 16th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Take care in a job interview as you may find yourself giving work to someone who will not hire you. A few months back I tried to get a job with a publisher as an editor. First, I had to take an “editing test.” They sent me a ten-page piece of writing […]

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Tags: Consulting · Employment

Finding the Question

October 13th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Perhaps we should stop teaching kids to find the answers and switch to teaching them how to find the questions. I read much these days from older people complaining about how younger people just look up the answers on Google. These younger people don’t know anything; they don’t learn anything. Well, the […]

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Tags: Education · Internet · Knowledge · Learning

Why Innovation Doesn’t Occur in Government

October 9th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is a brief explanation of why innovation doesn’t work in government. Too bad as there are clever, innovative people in government. I worked several decades inside the US Federal government. There are plenty of dedicated, smart people working inside government. They often have good ideas for things and gadgets the government […]

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Tags: Agility · Competence · Government

It’s Called “Winning the Pennant”

October 7th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This is a repeat post from October of 2011. I find it unfortunate that the sorry situation is still the same. <rant>Baseball now (soon) moves into the World Series. You take the pennant winners from the National and American leagues and play a best-of-seven series to see who is the best in […]

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Tags: Culture

Finish the “We Can’t” Statement

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We often state that we can’t do something. We rarely finish that statement with a reason. The reason usually leads to a solution. Several years ago I was working on a project where we were building a small gadget. The user was to take the gadget outdoors (backyard) and attach it to […]

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Tags: Communication · Design · Problems

In Search of the Almighty Grade

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We often create systems and then complain how persons act in our systems. Many years ago, I attended college. I often heard professors complain, You aren’t interested in learning, all you are only in search of the almighty grade! I found that us students were guilty. We did worry about our grades. […]

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Tags: Education · General Systems Thinking · Systems