The challenge of being a scholar-practitioner

Individuals, their organisations and whole industries are being disrupted by digitalisation. Affected managers do not have a set recipe to follow. Current ways of working and existing work practices are rapidly becoming obsolete and individuals and organisations must continuously generate new knowledge. Professionals that cannot adapt could become unemployed and have limited future opportunities. Corporate … Continue reading The challenge of being a scholar-practitioner

Living in a the projectified world of T802

It has been a frustrating few weeks working on the dissertation since it is framed very much as a project, with fixed milestones and a demand for outcomes to be specified up front. The challenge of living in a projectified world is the same challenge faced at work, where we a transforming form a traditional … Continue reading Living in a the projectified world of T802

Starting the next 15,000 words for the research project!

I took the plunge a few months ago and registered for the 1 year research project (T802) as the capstone of my MSc Systems Thinking in Practice. I will need to conduct primary and secondary research, and write it up in 10-15,000 work dissertation. Luckily there was a break before the course started and I … Continue reading Starting the next 15,000 words for the research project!

The Leader’s Data Manifesto & Data Centric Thinking

Your organization’s best opportunities for organic growth lie in data. But most organizations are far from being data driven. We find no examples of fundamental company-wide change, without committed leadership and the involvement of everyone at all levels of the organization. The Leaders Data Manifesto While researching for the M816 Data Management course I came across … Continue reading The Leader’s Data Manifesto & Data Centric Thinking

Tesler’s Law of Conservation of Complexity:

I loved this article and it inspired me to write something about IT systems integration.

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In today’s post, I am looking at Tesler’s Law of Conservation of Complexity. Larry Tesler, who came up with the law, worked at Xerox PARC, Apple, Amazon, and Yahoo in different capacities. He was one of the brains behind “cut/copy and paste” functionality in word processors. The basic premise of the law is as follows:

“Every application has an inherent amount of irreducible complexity. The only question is: Who will have to deal with it—the user, the application developer, or the platform developer?”

This is an important idea in the user interaction with a software application. One of the best examples to explain this further comes from Dan Saffer’s excellent book, “Designing for Interaction.” Think of the email application. It needs a “From address” and a “To address”. Without either of these two items, the email cannot be sent. All, if not most, email applications will automatically populate…

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