On perceptions and paradigms as constraints

rails in de sneeuw
Good literature has this habit of turning assumptions on its head, explaining the limitations of perceptions and the ways in which we, as humans, maintain artificial sets of constraints even though we might be trying to fight those same obstacles. Pretty much the way Arendt was criticized, we lose our product vision, because precisely the way we have to fight the forces that push seemingly innocuous agendas on our plate. We have to regroup, reassess and act again.

These assumptions that so easily maintain the status quo, or impede the realization of our initial vision, also affect us, derailing our intentions and helping us, and others, into rationalizing the very same obstacles into being necessary.

For example, a process that has been unreliable, or a continuous rechecking and retesting, or a routine series of tasks that take resources yet are performed because that is the way that it has been done before, or because they are necessary to maintain data integrity on legacy systems, all seem to be valid uses of the time of developers and managers. The problem starts with reason for those routine tests and tasks in the first place: is the system getting into legacy mode? Are the input processes correct and updated? Is there a way to fix all these issues that pop up under use, and while the system is stress tested by changing business demands and requirements?

There is no correct answer here: the business evolves and changes requirements, the installed system becomes legacy, and resources and allocation are scarce; the legacy IT system is already established, the implementation of another system is dependent on business timing, i.e. you won’t change Point of Sale just before Christmas season, and recovering the existing knowledge to incorporate it into a new application is serious enough – old, legacy work is knowable, routine and easily measured, although prone to errors and mistakes.
And that is where the vision vanishes, replaced by routine task management and endless quality control tasks that are precisely what has launched the new system implementation in the first place.

But who manages that implementation, and how does that proceed?

Another SaaS BI. We told you

And now techchrucnch has that Domo is getting new funding.

The tech space has always been awash with things looking to give to the exec suite, especially since they are the ones with the pourse strings and the Damocle’s sword hanging over them. They want results now, ubt they want information and insight yesterday!

It is really discomfiting that an F500 would say

the company had to wait months to analyze sales data and then make changes in other business areas

Really? Don’t you, big F500, have some BI already and process all your sales data internally?

Well, apparently not. I am wathcing other potential SaaS BI like Birst, but it seems clear that Domo wnats to differentiate itself by virtue of its target market and its final users.

Medicaid Stance

The discussion on implementation of ACA by states gets heated, but I find it worthy of attention the map showing the states that are going ahead with an implementation of the Act, and how it correlates to the infamous “right to work” states.


Where the States Stand

Via: The Advisory Board Company

One: We need a cartograph showing population affected.
Two: Costs to the nation as a whole, because of the reticence of some politicized states to adopt federal law?
Three: Costs to society in the medium term as a result of the botched implementation of this law, specially shown by state: growth, economic puissance, local CPI?

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Seeing #47percent in Gephi

47PerMain.pngNow that we have debates coming in, let’s see what Twitter had to say about the 47 percent comment from a while ago.
As you can see from the graph, there were a few major players twittering that thing, with 3 of them echoing the MotherJones sentiment, while the other one was BlackRepublican, agreeing with Willard and tryng to make the hashtag #47percent a rallying cry.

While you saw a lot of people decrying the comment made on the infamous video, a lot of people that vote Republican simply saw that as an affirmation of where their candidate sits, and interpreted that comment as a good thing.

As we all live in a social media echo chamber, it is necessary to use other tools to see what the general perception of the society is; particularly in this case, when groups see what they want to see and are quick to dismiss other alternative points of view or competing explanations.

Of course, this contrary explanation that we are seeing for the interpretation of the 47 percent video occurs because we have a polarized debate, one in which things are either right or wrong but nothing in between: We have to change that debate strategy, and find other ways to involve and listen to the other side.

Tools used:L Twitter, Gephi, RetweetMonitor.

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