The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. But, in the US and other advanced economies, productivity growth has significantly slowed down over the past few decades. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% Since 2011, the productivity rate has further declined to 0.6%. . US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

More Open

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

[ source ] "We should pause and ask the question," says David Wiley, "is more open always better?" I don't keep my house open for just anyone to drop by. So no, more open is not always better. He writes: But open is not the star of the show.

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Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. GDP is essentially a measure of production. While suitable when economies were dominated by the production of physical goods, GDP does not adequately capture the growing share of services and the production of increasingly complex solutions that characterize advanced economies.

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Align technology and production systems with business goals. . Focus on agile product development to enhance customer engagements. . Encourage product managers to think about digital experiences rather than discrete applications or components. . In the 1980s, they embraced personal computers, workstations and client-server systems along with personal productivity and front-office applications. Digital Product Management .

The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

If the case of light is representative of those products that have caused tectonic shifts in output and consumption, then this raises the question of whether the conventional measures of real-output and real-wage growth over the last two centuries come close to capturing the true growth.”. According to The Economist, not only is GDP a poor measure of material well-being and prosperity, but it’s not even a reliable gauge of production.

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The top tweets from Future of Crowdsourcing Summit 2010 #foc10

Trends in the Living Networks

AbiGoldflake: #foc10 crowdsourcing of metrics & forecasts from staff within an org - prob much more accurate - Mat Fogarty from Crowdcast. stilgherrian: Nicholas Gruen is pointing out that at the heart of successful crowd projects, e.g. open source software, there are elites. jdub: Every time you use the phrase "crowd sourcing", an individual, enfranchised co-creator dies. :-) #foc10. Things have been crazy for me for a little while now.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Community 2.0

John Hagel

Well, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of delivering the opening keynote presentation at the Community 2.0 marketing vs. customer support vs. product development)? What are relevant operational metrics? Shifting performance metrics Dealing with the growing profit squeeze from customers and talent requires a shift from conventional measures of business performance to a new set of metrics.

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TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Firefox, another really successful open source project. Open sources is a success, we all know that, it's nothing new. But how does open source software development work? Almost every open source project uses peer review. What github does is allow your entire open source development is open? Started out in the formal model, now a very dynamic open source project. It started with open source.

Mass Collaboration Workshop, Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The approach is to use network analysis technics, metrics and algorithms, and apply them to networks of knowledge artifacts. Olga Slivko Is there a peer effect in knowledge generation in productive online communities? And social ties matter for engagement into open source software development projects, online music, and video gaming networks. It''s this convergence of DIY with open source software and electronics.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. The availability of cost-effective resources to facilitate wide collaboration (including open source software that enables wikis, discussion groups, chat and even web conferencing) presents the chance for organizations to reconsider the effectiveness of the performance support being offered to their people.

Mass Collaboration Workshop, Day Three

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

relatedness metrics (eg., These have technical equivalents ranging from linear MOOCs to big data to brainstorming through to discussion forums, open source and discussion and e-voting. Overall, there was a low level of interaction between the tables - sometimes highlights were presented (by the opinion leaders) and participants had no input in the production of the final report.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

I somewhat wonder how much of that is true barriers as opposed to perceived barriers, and a recent HBR item talked about Hacking Work : When a 12-year-old can gather information faster, process it more efficiently, reference more diverse professionals, and get volunteer guidance from better sources than you can at work, how can you pretend to be competitive? One possibly good side product will be that total learner hours shouldn’t be a primary metric.

Atlantic Workshop on Semantics and Services - Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ontology-centric Knowledge Discovery in a Contact Centre for Technica Product Support Brad Shoebottom, Innovatia This paper outlines a technical support product that helps people find answers to questions for customers. Performance metrics: productive vs non-productive time, first call resolution, case closed timeframe, filtration rate, and revenue model. The Semantic Assistant framework can be downloaded from Concordia - it's open source.

First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Moving from One to Many - LMS Products are Two Generations Behind Leading with an LMS - Harmful to Your Health (or Skipping Stages. Personal Learning Informal Learning Collaborative Learning Corporate eLearning eLearning Design Corporate Training Instructional Design Authoring Tools Rapid eLearning Tools eLearning Software eLearning Solutions Blended eLearning eLearning Tools Open Source eLearning eLearning ROI and Metrics

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Retailers and Customers

John Hagel

The first wave of outsourcing can be understood as the systematic carving out of the infrastructure management businesses from companies, but we’re just on the cusp of a second wave that will unbundle product innovation and commercialization businesses from customer relationship businesses. Most retailers don’t own product businesses – they are primarily customer relationship businesses (merchandising) and infrastructure management businesses (store operations).

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I did a talk just downstairs on open content. This addresses the specific question of assessment in open learning and in informal learning. Is open online learning or the MOOC, the massive open online course, or informal learning in general doing the sort of thing that we need? According to the traditional metrics , it''s not. You have a bunch of open positions. Black Boxes / Making Stuff Up Even if you slice open the brain ?? Source: op.cit.

Last Year's eLearn Magazine Predictions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open Source Content: There will be several experiments on organizational open source learning content development." Open Source content? The Spellings report will spur new efforts in implementing institution-wide metrics for e-learning effectiveness in higher education. Perhaps they'll open it up in 2008. Vista was widely regarded as one of the worst products of the year, and "limping" was perhaps an understatement.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-14, 2012 Open Content Licensing for Educators (#OCL4Ed), organized by the OER Foundation, offered online. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Symposium on Open, Distance, and e-Learning (ISODEL), Bali, Indonesia. link] December 7, 2012 International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) Publishers Innovations Seminar: Innovation Impacts in STM – New Metrics, Big Data, Cool Apps, London, UK. Clayton R.

Why do we care about some things and not others? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). Teams, groups, family, faith-based organizations, charitable organizations, and businesses of many kinds are such opportunities that we too often view from the selfish standpoint of “…whats in it for me…” An invitational tournament that is open to all invites the spirit of participation…for playing the game for the sake of the game and not just who wins. If you try something extreme and lose, the metric is still winning.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Downes, 2007) We need to consider learners not only as the subjects of learning, entities to whom we deliver learning content, but also the sources of learning, functioning as the perceptual input for the wider network. Drupal, an open source content management system, enables the creation of individual accounts, the creation of discussion posts and pages and other content, and the sharing of this content online with other community members.

Places and People that Use The No Asshole Rule

Bob Sutton

  Mozilla (which brings us the Firefox browser): Asa Dotzler a product director, leader of many efforts to spread Firefix, and a stalwart of the company and open source software movement explained to me what it isn't efficient to be an asshole at Mozilla, or in the open source world in general.    A reporter asked me a couple years back, “ The No Asshole Rule is fun to talk about, but does anyone ever actually use it?” 

Intelligent Communities Summit - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Robert Bell, Executive Director, Intelligent Community Forum , opening keynote. 2006, opened up. OECD: process automation yoelded 22 percent increase in productivity. Innovation is the creation and transformation of knowledge in response to market need - not just products, but interactions, entertainment forms, etc. It's the 'valley of death' - between the sources of funding - the founders, etc, IRAP, similar small-scale funding. Geared toward a product.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Unanswered Questions at Supernova 2007

John Hagel

In looking for early indications of what these architectures might look like, the richest sources of institutional innovation will be China and India, not the U.S. Adaptation in a world of more rapid change implies running faster just to stay in same place Product and process innovation only provides temporary relief for the Red Queen effect as companies become more adept at copying the advances of others.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And, as he notes, ““There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use it[s]resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition.”