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, […]

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 […]

Think tech, not just coding

Good piece in the WSJ communicating to parents and teachers something I wish I had heard more while I was in school: learn how to work with computers.  As the article states, one of the best ways to make a living these days is by knowing computer programming. While this is true, the author’s focus […]

Big Data and Disperse Knowledge

  Economists are frequently turning to Twitter, Google and other online data sources to analyze the markets. In an economy less focused on manufacturing and more on information and connections, it only makes sense to use internet-created data in economic modelling.  Just as car sales were tantamount to analyzing the Rust Belt economy of the past, […]