Socrates said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Another great mind, Ed Morse (in his keynote address at this past year’s Coordinate Metrology Society Conference), said, “Data is only as good as what you can do with it.”
Several months ago I wrote about the Cynefin Model and the benefits of keeping things simple to the decision-making process. And a large part of decision making has to do with choice, or more accurately, the number of choices we have. Enter the “psychology of choice.”
K-I-S-S. It’s a pneumonic device. Crude but effective, it helps us remember to keep things manageable. But, as we all know, many times the ease or difficulty of a situation is not up to us. Hence, the Cynefin model.
Whether consumer or industrial. Whether you’ve heard it called IoT, Industry 4.0, or the smart factory, the Internet of Things is here and it’s only going to grow. I particularly like the term the Internet of Everything. It’s quite descriptive if you think about the ultimate goal—everything connected to everyone and everything else.
According to Frank Deford in a column for WBUR News in Boston, “Referees always say it’s best not to be noticed.” That is not to say that officials should never make a call or not administer their duty to control the game.
Things not working together. We’ve most likely all experienced it or witnessed a friend, colleague or family member struggle with it. Recently, hearing a colleague’s frustration I approached his desk to see what was happening. I found him attempting to plug a device into his laptop. Holding the connector in his hand, he said (verbatim), “Why don’t they just make this work with this!”