Products

Clark Quinn

I don’t usually talk about products, particularly ones I’ve received as opposed to have chosen. However, there are a couple of mentions worth making: GOOD. I won a copy of Navigon. I’d always wanted a GPS, but didn’t want to buy one, figuring they’d get outdated. I was glad to get it, as Google Maps wasn’t allowed to do turn-by-turn on the iPhone. I’ve used it a number of times, and have been very satisfied.

The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Opinions abound, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the causes of this apparent productivity paradox , on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it. A few contend that there’s been a fundamental decline in innovation and productivity over the past few decades, compared to the period between 1870 and 1970.

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Misadventures in Content Production: Copying & Pasting is Not Reuse

Xyleme

The post Misadventures in Content Production: Copying & Pasting is Not Reuse appeared first on Xyleme. The term “reuse” gets thrown around a lot in regard to content management and maintenance, particularly when dealing with content at scale.

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%

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” More importantly, technological progress also took the form of product innovation, and thus created entirely new sectors for the economy, a development that was essentially missed in the discussions of economists of this time.”. What’s the impact of productivity growth on employment at the industry level?

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. Some contend, - most prominently Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon , - that over the past few decades there’s been a fundamental decline in innovation and productivity. We’ve been living in a time of major transformative technologies, - the Internet, smartphones, IoT, big data, AI - whose deployment and impact on productivity growth are still lagging.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An equally optimistic view was expressed in another excellent article, - How Smart Connected Products are Transforming Competition , - published in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review by Michael Porter and James Heppelmann. . We generally think of products as physical entities, - e.g., clothes, light bulbs, appliances, cars, - some quite simple and some much more complex, built using sophisticated mechanical and/or electrical components.

Remote Work is Surprisingly Productive, But For Many… Something Is Missing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite having to switch from face-to-face to audio and video interactions, overall productivity actually went up as measured by several metrics. His article discussed two separate productivity case studies, one focused on working from home (WFH), the second on working from anywhere (WFA). A 2018 paper evaluated the difference in productivity between WFH and WFA programs, based on the experiences of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud-based services require a much more standardized, mass customized , process oriented, industrialized approach to production , including the application of advanced technologies and rigorous science, engineering and management methodologies. . What do we mean by the production of services ? Production is defined as “a process of combining various material inputs and immaterial inputs (plans, know-how) in order to make something for consumption (the output).

First 'Productive Time' Chart

Nine Shift

Here''s the first chart that distinguishes Productive Time from unproductive, what I would call wasted, time. It''s a comparison of travel time via car, plane and train from St. Paul to Chicago

cupcakes: the secret to product planning

Adaptive Path

The cake model of product strategy is actually two different models for how to evolve and improve the scope of a product over time. The first model shows the “dry cake&# approach that many organizations plan out new products and experiences. Experience Strategy Product Management Product Planning cake cupcake product planning releases roadmap

Serving Experience As The Product

Adaptive Path

The experience is the product. Whether we talk about greeting cards, mobile apps, or vacation get-aways, the experience is the product. Directly affecting the experience seems impossible because between you and it are IT systems, operations and processes, departments, and product architectures. Many of the products we spend the most on and spend the most time with are platforms for services.) And in a service-based economy, the experience is the product customers buy.

Can IBM Watson Workspace Save Our Productivity?

Luis Suarez

Apparently, our productivity as employees has been plummeting since the mid 70s. Yet, productivity still is very weak and we don’t seem to succeed in figuring out who (or what) is to blame for that. Can we help redefine productivity for us all, once more, and, more interestingly, can we rely on technology, specially, AI, to help us out in that daunting task at hand? Yes, indeed, you are reading it right, since the mid 70s !

3 Tips for Streamlining Online Learning Content Production

TOPYX LMS

Whether you want to create complex or basic eLearning, you will benefit from implementing a few tips for streamlining the online learning production process. Online Learning Learning Experience Platform LXP Content ProductionCreating online learning content can be either very involved and complex, or simple. It all depends on the needs of your employees and the resources and tools your company has access to.

Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid

Xyleme

In our latest article, Misadventures in Content Production: Separate Content from Presentation to Save the Day , we explore how locking content into restrictive formats with “rapid” tools makes content difficult to maintain, and all but impossible to reuse and personalize at scale. The post Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid appeared first on Xyleme.

From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of new products and services, like Airbnb, are now coming to market. Mass production was a defining hallmark of the 20th century industrial economy, bringing high productivity and low costs to a wide variety of offerings, - from household appliances to hotel chains. But, digital technologies and lots of information have been eroding the power of large-scale mass production.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

IT, Productivity and Organizational Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, to achieve long term economic growth, as well as gains in our standard of living , the US must also focus on innovation and productivity growth. US labor productivity - “the amount of goods and services that a laborer produces in a given amount of time” - grew at only 1.5% This period of slow productivity coincided with the rapid growth in the use of computers in business, giving rise to the Solow. As the US recovers from the financial.

Services, Production and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

So, like many others, I have discussed services and their attributes in contrast to what they are not - physical products that are generally manufactured in factories. The distinction between products and services blurs, as physical products are increasingly embedded into service-based solutions, where the clients pay for the services they receive, not the products embodied in the solutions. He views cloud computing as being primarily a story of production.

How to Increase Your Productivity Without Working More Hours

KCC Business Psychology

More Work Doesn’t Equal More Productivity. One key question to consider as you plan your own workweek is, are you getting the best productivity from your work schedule? Does working extra hours actually make us more productive? In fact, the United States is ranked 5th in productivity behind countries like Norway, Belgium, and Ireland. So, how do we make our working hours more productive? Work Time Versus Productive Time. Happiness Equals Productivity.

Learning products

Harold Jarche

Heike Philp recently made this comment in response to Media & Messages : What I am sorely missing right now are ‘learning products’. To me a product has product specifications (specs) just as much as a computer has a list of specs or software has a list of features. The fascination of Pecha Kucha for me is, that this simple idea could be patented and that it is a ‘product’, it has specs, the specs are ‘20 slides auto advancing 20 sec’.

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our aging economies are thus dependent on productivity gains to drive long-term economic growth , future prosperity and higher standards of living. Which is why few topics have generated as much concern among economists and policy makers as the sharp decline in productivity growth in the US and other advanced economies over the past decade, - despite accelerating technology advances. Their average productivity growth in the 5 years between 2000 and 2004 was 2.4%.

How much more productive are teleworkers?

Nine Shift

We say teleworkers are 25% more productive than office workers. Home-based workers from Best Buy, JD Edwards, and American Express are 20% to 40% more productive than employees who travel to work. Studies show a 15 percent increase in productivity among remote employees, and demonstrate that remote employees achieve results in fewer hours and often of higher quality. AT&T realizes $100 million in savings per year from Teleworker productivity increases.

How a Learning Experience Platform Improves Retail Staff Productivity

TOPYX LMS

Employee productivity is important across all industries, especially retail. Without a productive workforce, a retail organization can’t survive. One of the most common barriers to retail employee productivity is the lack of training and continued education. When retail training is insufficient, employees are unable to perform their job roles effectively and their productivity declines.

UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. One way that I sometimes put it is that every product tells a story: about itself, about the person who uses it, and about the world that the product and the user inhabit. Adaptive Path UX Week Design Digital Product Design Global Moxie Jesse James Garrett Josh Clark

Productivity tools for the networked workplace

Harold Jarche

These tools are ubiquitous in business and government, so I have agreed to write a few articles on how they can be used to improve work productivity. IT has to make us more productive, smarter.”. I would suggest doing your own analysis of all your enterprise collaboration and productivity tools, based on the framework. Office 365 productivity tools from Harold Jarche. * This post is sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 *.

Why Teleworkers Are More Productive

Nine Shift

During our Executive Leadership Institute a few weeks ago I started writing an article on why teleworkers are more productive. Less 'watercooler' conversation and other non-productive office activities. Teleworkers tend to work when they are most productive. There is a work-flow, peak work time, and other work engagement time when people are most productive. People are more productive when they work in their optimum physical environment.

How LMS Training Increases Volunteer Productivity for Associations

TOPYX LMS

To make better use of your own volunteers, use an association LMS to deliver online volunteer training, that increases productivity. Volunteers are critical to the success of an association. Associations that fully utilize volunteers can operate at nearly half the average budget of those that don’t.¹ LMS for Associations Association Training

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Luis Suarez

So, once again, we go for the easy way out and, instead of figuring out what we could do to address and fix that concern, once and for all, we are witnessing how companies decide to go ahead with the blockage of the Social Web, just because they believe their knowledge workers are no longer as productive as what they should. But what happens *if* playing games actually makes you *more* productive?

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. In a recent article in the MIT Sloan Management Review , MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage proposed a provocative and counterintuitive approach for enhancing innovation and productivity through man-machine collaborations. We’ve long been leveraging technology to help increase productivity.

The Materials of Digital Products

Adaptive Path

The first was a commitment to craft and an understanding of its importance to the final product's quality. The second was a sense of pragmatism and, for lack of a better word, accountability for how the design would impact the final product. I loved to hear designers take execution into account during the creative process due to the fact that I was someone who was often responsible for creating the final product.

Productivity Tips on Presentations: Inform, Inspire and Motivate

Luis Suarez

Yes, I know, another article on the topic of Productivity , although this time around with a slightly different flavour: how can we improve the way we deliver messages through presentations? Shouldn’t we be aiming at addressing that productivity overkill and do something about it? Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. Complexity of Productivity for Knowledge Work Productivity is defined as: the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time For some knowledge workers, we can reasonably define things this way.

Concept Sketches on Product Pages

Adaptive Path

Garmin has recently released a product called the Tracker. They put a concept illustration right on the product page. Essentially: “The GTU 10 is small, lightweight and waterproof. It easily attaches to a backpack, pet collar or whatever is important to you. [Y]ou Y]ou can view the location of your GTU 10 on a map from the friendly confines of your computer.

Xyleme Product Update: Pastiche 2.4 for the iPad – Content monetization and more

Xyleme

Users can browse your catalog of products directly within the app and pay to get access to the content they are interested in. Xyleme Product AnnouncementsAnnouncing Pastiche 2.4! Pastiche 2.4 for the iPad opens a new revenue stream for your content by allowing you to reach and sell to your customers directly. The latest version of Pastiche introduces the ability to sell your content to end-users.

OLDaily Production

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Created for the people who are doing OLDaily while I'm gone, a 15 minute overview of my production workflow

The lowdown on Pastiche™ 1.2 from the product developer

Xyleme

We believe that it’s a revolutionary product that will change the way organizations define blended learning and we’re proud of our continued work on its development. You have probably heard the (rather exciting) news of Xyleme’s new “iPad app that creates apps” - Pastiche™. We will try to keep release cycles for the Pastiche™ app short and agile with new versions to be released every 5-8 weeks and numbered with even numbers as follows: v 1.0,

Fourteen game-changing enterprise products for 2014

Dion Hinchcliffe

As enterprise technology often struggles to keep up with the consumer world, here are the high impact products breaking into the mainstream with excellent chance to help companies keep up and get ahead. CXO Cloud Emerging Tech IT Priorities Software Tech Industry

Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

Luis Suarez

decided to kill my own productivity? Indeed, in such pretty demanding times, where more and more is expected from us, knowledge workers, where we are continuously asked to produce more with less, where remaining effective, if not even more productive, has taken a new meaning for all of us, it seems like we are doing a pretty bad job at getting rid of productivity killers and help us get better at what we are already doing.

The enterprise products with disruptive potential for 2014

Dion Hinchcliffe

While there are plenty of new products emerging to challenge organizations in the way they plan, drive, deliver, and support the business, it helps to understand the leading players. CXO Cloud Consumerization Emerging Tech IT Priorities Reviews Software Leadership