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Entries from June 2017

Best Schools, Less Ruin

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The best schools: do they teach any better or simply ruin fewer students? Ah, here is yet another list of the best schools (this one is about computer science). I didn’t attend any of these as I could not afford it. Rich kids go to these schools. Their rich parents’ extraordinary tuition […]

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Tags: Education · Learning

Visa, Immigration, Jobs, Salaries

June 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Yes, immigration fuels the economy. I love it when skilled persons enter the US. The current situation, however, isn’t so lovely. The H-1B visa battle continues. Let’s step back to my naive childhood. America wants skilled persons to come here and improve much of this nation in many ways. We grant entrance […]

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Tags: America · Immigration · Jobs · Work

Agile and the Kitchen

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In which I consider what happens in a kitchen and ask, “what was it those guys with the manifesto invented?” For years, my wife has managed kitchens in all-volunteer organizations. For years before that, my wife’s mother did the same. Consider the situation: There is unprepared food There is an end-state—prepared food […]

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Tags: Adapting · Adults · Agility · Learning · Observation

Artificial Intelligence and Other Misused Terms

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I realize that my plea won’t do any good, but could we please use the right terms in describing “artificial intelligence?” Everybody is doing artificial intelligence (AI) these days. Really? Consider… Artificial intelligence Deep Learning Machine Learning Neural Networks Pattern Recognition The vast majority of what people call AI today is really […]

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Tags: Computing · Learning · Technology

Analysis of Questions about Analysis

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips For 30 years persons have asked me questions about analysis. I continue to give the wrong answer. “How are your analysis skills?” I remember the question as if was asked this morning. I was coming out of grad school and trying to find a job. It was 1986 (yikes, that long ago). […]

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Tags: Analysis · Questions

Recruiting: Write-Only Memory

June 8th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There are no qualified applicants available! Jobs are left empty! Really? This links to yet another article where employers complain that there are no qualified applicants available. There are many reasons why jobs go unfilled while the qualified remain unemployed. This post is about one of the reasons: The recruiting departments of […]

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Tags: Jobs · Problems

Sexual Harassment: Surprised?

June 5th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Stories of sexual harassment in the technology industry are rampant. Why is anyone surprised? This will be short and bitter. Stories of sexual harassment in the technology industry are rampant. I won’t put links here to representative reports. There are too many from which to choose, and I find them disgusting. Brogrammers. […]

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Tags: Adults · Failure

The Plan versus the Idea

June 1st, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Often “plans” are merely “ideas.” Ideas suffice if they are small enough. We have a lot of plans where I work and recreate. The trouble is, I can’t ever seem to find them. No one can produce an artifact that records the plan. Truth is, the plan is in the mind of […]

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Tags: Analysis · Clarity · Communication · Ideas · Planning