The Importance of Liberty

Why is liberty important? Have you ever asked yourself this? It is right there in the Declaration of Independence; we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. I … Continue reading The Importance of Liberty

IoT Hype

When market analyst and pundits pontificate on the state of a market or new technology they seem to demonstrate a bipolar view of the world. They make pinpoint turns from manic enthusiasm to abject disillusionment. Something that is a panacea for all human ills one week is cast aside the next in favor of the … Continue reading IoT Hype

Building the IoT

When we paint the picture of the future IoT enabled earth we envision multiple things working together in one global integrated system. Sensors detect and report situations that trigger action on the part of other systems, diverse independent devices work in unison. To transform the world, to deliver on this vision, we need to develop the infrastructure that will support it. Let me explain…

Donald Trump Junior’s Meeting Problems

In June of 2016, Donald Trump Junior had a meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. I think everyone agrees on that point. The lack of clarity on the meeting’s objective and attendees as well as the events that led up to it serve as an excellent case study for project managers. Now if you are interested in maintaining plausible deniability ambiguity is a wonderful thing. For project managers, however, nebulous communication is the enemy of a well-run project.  Let me explain…

Tidy Data

According to some estimates between 50% to 80% of the work of a data scientist is spent collecting and preparing data, what the New York Times calls janitor work[1]. When we consider the iterative nature of the data science process (refer to The Data Science Process ), we see each cycle typically repeats the data preparation step. As our understanding of the data evolves as well as the refinement of the model, we find ourselves often going back to further develop the data. While data preparation has never been an easy process, in a big data world the greater variety of data and data sources makes it all the more difficult. These sources rarely store or present data in a structure that facilitates analysis. To address this issue, we need to tidy the data. Let me explain…

Big Data Dashboard Design – a Challenge

In a previous, Project Management Dashboard, I wrote specifically about a dashboard for project managers. In that post, I made the point that a dashboard should tell a clear, crisp, story that simplifies any complexity without loss of information. Doing this, creating this clear, crisp story really brings together two different topics I have discussed … Continue reading Big Data Dashboard Design – a Challenge