Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Process Improvement Vicious Cycle

When it comes to workplace effectiveness, there is a vicious circle:

  1. Fires are continually flaring up, and employees are struggling to keep up with work as usual.
  2. They have no time to spend improving processes.
  3. It gets harder to complete day-to-day activities.

The way out of this trap is to take an #agile approach, and focus on analog vs digital thinking. This means that, instead of taking an all-or nothing approach (formal improvement program or bust), be willing to ease in.  

Use bottom up #iteration and trial-and-error to slowly improve individual bottlenecks.  As you start improving bits and pieces of processes, you'll free up more time, and can tackle more improvement.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Hybrid Work and Timeshares

I recently read that some companies with hybrid work schedules are starting to rent space on a timeshare model.  For example, one company has the space Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Another company has the same space on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This model works especially well for start-ups, who tend to only need laptops and cloud access.  It probably isn't appropriate for companies that store a lot of confidential materials on site.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Silicon Valley Hiring phD Economists

A new trend: phD economists are now in demand in Silicon Valley.

According to a recent Economist article, in 2020, one in seven new phD grads went to work at tech companies (up from less than 1 in 20 in 2018).

  • This year, Meta awarded its coveted research fellowship to a grad student in economics.  Previously, it went to computer scientists, engineers, physicists, and statisticians.
  • Amazon now has 400 full time economists on staff.
  • Last year, Uber hired a fifth of Harvard's graduating economics phD class.
Tech companies are hiring them to work on business problems such as pricing, product development, and strategy.  They also value their skills in working with data and stats.

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

We Don't Talk About Inequality...

"When I was poor and complained about inequality they said I was bitter; now that I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want to talk about inequality.”-Russell Brand

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But They Were Rude to the Waiter...

"I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me but rude to the waiter. Because they would treat me the same way if I were in that position." - Muhammad Ali

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Aesop, Thieves, and Politics

"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."

- Aesop

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Cloud and Big Data: Unexpected Expenses

As more systems move into the cloud, and companies rely on ever increasing amounts of data, operating costs can increase in unexpected ways.

Especially when companies use more than one vendor, with different pricing structures, it becomes a full time job just to track costs and optimize systems and infrastructure to keep costs down.

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