Unfolding plans 41- trying to address a big issue within the ICT industry

Have you ever felt out of your depth?  I have, many times.  Indeed I quite pride myself in that my comfort zone is to be outside of my comfort zone.  This morning I felt out of my depth though and not always in a comfortable way.  I was chairing a group meeting what I hoped … Continue reading Unfolding plans 41- trying to address a big issue within the ICT industry

Unfolding plans 40 – digital is a personal journey

Reading may have been a long way to go for a conference, especially when I was up and down in a day.  Still, it gave me a chance to travel on the new Virgin East Coast and then to catch a train from Paddington.  I also got to visit the Madejski Stadium although I didn’t … Continue reading Unfolding plans 40 – digital is a personal journey

Unfolding plans 39 – self-organising work environments

I’ve talked about Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud idea before.  It’s more than an idea as it exists and has proven to deliver benefits.  Following a visit to Newcastle University’s Culture Lab I met up with Dr James Stanfield to talk about how we could learn from this approach.  I am interested in using … Continue reading Unfolding plans 39 – self-organising work environments

Unfolding plans 34 – our runaway thoughts

Our thoughts are like trains on a track.  They trundle along in whichever direction you send them.  Backwards and forwards they go, trapped in their linear travels.  They are very hard to stop are our runaway thoughts.  Sometimes we come across a branch line, a quiet siding where we can let our thoughts and dreams … Continue reading Unfolding plans 34 – our runaway thoughts

Unfolding plans 30 – Are we living in parallel universes?

Are we living in parallel universes?  I was due at a meeting of the North East ICT Managers and was a little early so I did what I always do and looked for somewhere with free WiFi.  It was at Newcastle Civic Centre and the city centre offers a lot of choice for the online … Continue reading Unfolding plans 30 – Are we living in parallel universes?

Unfolding plans 28 – tech in meetings

Some people get really hung up about tech in meetings. It grates on them that someone can be tapping away on their laptop, tablet or smartphone and give the impression that they are not paying attention.  I’m not one of them.  It doesn’t really bother me.  It just seems to be the way things are … Continue reading Unfolding plans 28 – tech in meetings

Unfolding plans 27 – a bit of town planning

Digital, is it a curse or saviour?  I mentioned last year that a group of us had come together to see if we could use online technologies to help with the regeneration of Stanley.  I’d put a report together to try and generate some interest and this week it was my opportunity to present it … Continue reading Unfolding plans 27 – a bit of town planning

Unfolding plans 25 – Something has to give and the technology is going to help

I’ve noticed a subtle change.  Services are coming to us asking for help.  The drive to use technology is growing at pace.  I don’t know if austerity has helped but it has certainly sharpened our focus.  As the cuts have gone deeper and deeper there is an increasing realisation that we can’t do the same … Continue reading Unfolding plans 25 – Something has to give and the technology is going to help

Unfolding plans 24 – the true test of artificial intelligence is for it to deliver something unpredictable

It’s an interesting concept.  How do you test artificial intelligence?  It is a concept that is difficult to define yet we all can understand that human intelligence is different from so called artificial intelligence.  I’ve already said in a previous piece that I struggle with the definition of artificial intelligence, or machine intelligence as all … Continue reading Unfolding plans 24 – the true test of artificial intelligence is for it to deliver something unpredictable

Unfolding plans 23 – bad data gives off the repulsive odour of decay

Aren’t graphs great?  You can make them say whatever you like.  Play about with the x and y axis and you can make things look better or worse as you wish.  Alan showed us some at the extended management team to do with channel shift.  The optimists amongst us saw the lines getting better while … Continue reading Unfolding plans 23 – bad data gives off the repulsive odour of decay