Today's post is some random thoughts related to IT.
- The chart below shows the annual revenue and number of employees for three well known companies. Washington needs to recognize that Google is representative of the future employment outlook and that growth in the economy is more important than unemployment. The economy is in one of those rare periods in which there is a systemic change taking place, similar to the introduction of the automobile early in the last century. More on this topic is in this previous post, "How to Survive the End of the Industrial Age".
- My experience suggests that Google+ is moving from an early adopter product to mainstream. People connecting with me on Google+ are no longer just geeks but regular people. Any communications strategy should probably now include Google+.
- Do you know the difference between a complex and a complicated system? Complicated systems are "those systems that are amenable to reductive mechanistic analysis", e.g. budgeting. Complex systems are systems where "the rules are no longer fixed, and the behavior of one component changes the way other components behave", e.g. entrepreneurship. This distinction in systems is important because the type of thinking to address the problem changes radically depending on the type of system. If these quotes have inspired you to read more on the subject, read the Art of Design written by the School of Advanced Military Studies. In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. Army realized that their traditional planning systems where inadequate because the operating environment was more complex than in previous warfare. They identified design thinking as one way to address the complexity. The book also does a nice job of explaining the relationship between thinking, planning and execution, a subject I have not seen discussed much. The concept of complex systems perhaps originated in the early work related to artificial intelligence and was described in writings by Marvin Minsky and Herb Simon.