Visualizing Movements Along a Line in Excel

They say a picture is worth a thousand words… so how many does an animated graph get us? This morning I was working on a research proposal presentation. Essentially, the research aims to develop a way to measure, plot and visualize corporations’ strategic agility.  The conceptualization is influenced by the indifference curve in economics: An […]

What Your IT Manager Can Learn from the US Constitution

One of my favorite parts of learning is making connections between seemingly unrelated things. Here’s one.  Half of all enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems fail. Why? Often they do not account for the company’s way of doing things. Or they do not account for differences between different divisions of an organization.   Like an ERP, […]

Why Norbert Wiener Would Want You to Blog

  One book that I keep coming back to is Tyler Cowen’s Average is Over, which predicts the effects of the concentration of information technology at the hands of a few. While the information age has brought untold wealth and comfort to millions, perhaps there is a less appealing underbelly. The largest tech companies keep getting […]

Go Researching Waterfalls

One of my courses this year is a seminar on information systems. Before each class, we each write a “conversation starter” incorporating our thoughts on the papers. A topic that has greatly interested me lately is waterfall vs. agile development. “Waterfall” projects hinge on all-or-nothing strategy: let’s spend weeks and months developing something, then release […]

Grad School: Specialization Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

As I mentioned in my last post, I am going back to school for a PhD at Case Western Reserve University. I predicted this would influence my blogging. Well, that didn’t take long. My program in design & innovation is highly influenced by information systems and, to a lesser extent, marketing — two subjects which I […]