Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Key to the agile approach is the involvement of the product’s target end-users early in the process to make sure that the product under development is responsive to their requirements. . AI systems are designed to sense, respond and adapt to a changing environment.

Blockchain and Business Process Transformation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the most important such lenses is the impact of IT on business processes, that is, on how work is actually done across the various functions of an organization. . Business process automation. Process reengineering and management.

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An Agile, Incremental Approach to Business Process Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was reminded of IBM’s e-business strategy when recently reading about Robotic Process Automation (RPA), a technology for automating business processes based on emulating the manual actions of a human at a keyboard. Most jobs involve a number of different tasks or processes.

How to Learn Using Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Learning with technology is different from learning with textbooks or learning with classroom instruction. Learning with technology, by contrast, is outcome based. It is defined in terms of skills or competencies, as how to achieve a certain outcome using technology as a tool.

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The Puzzling Economic Impact of Transformative Technologies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As we’ve learned over the past two centuries, there’s generally been a significant time lag between the broad acceptance of a major new transformative technology and its ensuing impact on companies, governments and other institutions.

Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted. Here are just a few: - access - it is demonstrably true that educational technology has increased access.

Blockchain and Business Process Transformation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the most important such lenses is the impact of IT on business processes, that is, on how work is actually done across the various functions of an organization. . Examining the impact of IT over the past several decades through a process point of view, one can identify three distinct phases: first came process automation in the early years of IT, followed around the 1990s by enterprise-wide process reengineering and management. Business process automation.

Acknowledging Changes

Clark Quinn

There are a serious number of changes that are affecting organizations. We’re seeing changes in the information flow, in technology, and in what we know about ourselves. What are these changes? We’re getting more powerful technology. So is “the room is smarter than the smartest person in the room” (with the caveat: if you manage the process right ;). The post Acknowledging Changes appeared first on Learnlets.

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Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. But, as we well know, there are serious downsides to technology-based automation.

Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

I was listening to a tale recounting a time when an organization was going through a change, and had solicited help. The short story is that the initial approach being taken weren’t leveraging technology effectively. So the story was of a critical organizational change. You might not be surprised to hear that the subsequent process also yielded greater buy-in. maintaining focus through the change. Is your organization leveraging technology appropriately?

Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2015, the McKinsey Global Institute launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. I’ll focus my discussion on the US skill changes, as the European changes were similar.

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Design the process, not the outcome

Dave Snowden

Coevolution in biology occurs when two parties exert selective evolutionary pressures on each other as a result of which they are changed. Once that change happens, it cannot be reversed and there are many examples in nature.

Job-Killing Processes

Martijn Linssen

I’ve been wrestling with a thought lately – if organizations are complex systems, and complex systems are continuously self-organizing, then why do we believe formal processes make these complex systems more efficient?

Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

Technology is supposed to support our goals, and, when well-written, it does. So for instance, when I write, I use particular features to make my writing process better aligned with my thinking. My writing is not just a process of sitting down and having the prose flow. Um, people, this is why we have technology: to support us in working smarter, not to go to a last-century (or worse) manual process. design meta-learning strategy technology

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. One such discussion took place this past September at the The World Summit on Technological Unemployment in New York.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed.

The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. This, to me, involves leveraging technology and creating an environment.

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Does technology lead change?

Euen Semple

I was asked in an interview today if I thought that technology, namely social technology, could bring about change. I was tempted to quote the old psychiatrist joke about people having to want to change but resisted. I do think though that whether it is the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, or your staff talking about your business with other staff online, the technology is not causing people to change their attitudes but it sure is speeding the process up.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

It’s about the output rather than process. If learning professionals and learning departments don’t adapt and change, Quinn argues, they will be revealed not simply as having no clothes, but as being so out of step that they will wither and die, or be removed from the value chain.

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IT Doesn’t Matter. Business processes do

Jay Cross

Consultants Howard Smith and Peter Fingar shot back a month later with a paperback retort entitled IT Doesn’t Matter – Business Processes Do. In 120 pages, Smith and Fingar skewer Carr, show why IT will matter more than ever, and explain how business process management creates riches.

It's All About the Business Model, - Not the Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New technology alone, - no matter how transformative, - is not enough to propel a business into the future. The business model wrapped around the technology is the key to its success or failure. Key processes. Technology-enabled business models.

Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The technologies on the list are not new.

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one.

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Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Three major processes are part of the media value chain: .

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So we strategically cultivated student thought, integrating them into the learning design process. We launched an SXD studio - ‘student experience design’ - and threw students into the design process, connected them with vendors, and launched an SXD lab for prototyping and testing ideas.

Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The first two reflected 10-year, European-led efforts; the second two are Chinese accomplishments, reflecting that nation’s emergence as a science and technology power. Since both technology and markets advanced at a relatively slow pace, time-to-market was not a major issue. .

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. I want every knowledge worker to discover his or her own processes.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

History can be a useful guide to the future, especially when trying to predict the impact of disruptive changes on human organizations and cultures. I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future.

Supporting change

Euen Semple

Two conversations yesterday reminded me of how important training or other forms of support are when implementing large change projects whether involving new technology or new processes. In the first conversation the project had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on technology but it hadn't had the anticipated impact because not enough effort had gone in to explaining the "why" let alone the how!

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The Dark Side of Technology

John Hagel

  Every talk or article coming out of Silicon Valley follows the prescribed template: start with a dazzling description of awesome new digital technologies and then proceed to explore all the wonderful benefits and opportunities that these technologies will bring to us.   I want to explore the dark side of these technologies.  It wouldn’t be so bad if the pace of change was accelerating along some completely predictable path. 

Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!

Luis Suarez

No, not necessarily a technophobe, nor someone who is opposed to industrialisation, automation, computerisation or technology in general. People who were not opposed to technology itself, but to the particular way it was being applied.

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A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the relentless impact of technology-based innovation on just about all aspects of society, I like reading the views of different people on the subject, especially those outside my own worlds of technology and business.

Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the topics discussed was how companies generally deal with major technology and market changes, - like those that have been taking place all around us for the past few decades. Transformative change comes naturally to young companies, as it generally does to young people.

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The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Foundation index, measures the fast moving advances in technology performance and adoption, as well as the shifts of global public policy that are reducing the barriers to entry and movement. This discrepancy in technology adoption has been observed for the past few years.

Job-Killing Processes

Martijn Linssen

I’ve been wrestling with a thought lately – if organizations are complex systems, and complex systems are continuously self-organizing, then why do we believe formal processes make these complex systems more efficient?

People, Organization, Technology?

Martijn Linssen

Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ The enemy: Process. For complex systems, for innovation efforts, for creativity – process engineering is not only the wrong approach, it is a mistake. People, Organization, Technology.

How technological and social change are feeding on each other in an accelerating spiral

Ross Dawson

In my recent keynotes I have frequently used variations on my Transformation of Business framework , which looks at how Technology Drivers and Social Drivers lead to a changed Business Landscape , and in turn New Drivers of Success. Future of business Technology trends Uncategorized

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Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But on balance, such fears appear to be unfounded, noted the World Bank in a comprehensive recent report on The Changing Nature of Work. That’s a mistake, because neglecting investments in human capital can dramatically weaken a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, one in which economies need ever-increasing amounts of talent to sustain growth.” . How is the Nature of Work Changing? Technology is reshaping the skills needed for work.

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business schools are a technology of the last century

Harold Jarche

Our dominant models of how we organize and work as a society are fundamentally changing as we transition from an Information-Market economy to a Creative-Network economy. Charles Green succinctly explained the order in which this transition happens: “Ideas lead technology.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. Powerful computers and intelligent algorithms are enabling us to make sense of all that data by searching for patterns and doing something with the results, including computer vision, natural-language processing, language translation, face recognition and digital assistants.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? Let me attempt to explore these questions based on relatively recent academic research in three key areas: gender-based behavioral differences; how to create smarter working groups; and the changing skills requirements in the digital economy.

When Context Transcends Change Management

Luis Suarez

What if everything we have been told about Change Management over the course of the last few decades was all just … plain wrong? What if research keeps telling us, over and over again, how ’ most change efforts fail ’ ? Do we still think that organisations can change?

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