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magneticnorth0   10/30/2016 3:38:18 AM
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@Jamescon: "Better" is relative. I'd agree that statistics/analytics is more useful across the board. But if a company aims to foster a culture of innovation and creation, I'd vote for programming.

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PredictableChaos   10/10/2016 2:19:26 PM
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Is it better to understand programming or understand statistics/analytics and how they can be used in business?

@Jim - Programming languages will likely change. There is something to be said for understanding how to approach a programming problem and that thinking may benefit many in GE. But my vote is for statistics and how analytics are used in business. This would address bigger and more pervasive issues in most companies.

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Jamescon   10/10/2016 9:38:19 AM
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@Pierre. I can see why Immelt wants everyone to understand programming. However, I'd toss this out to the A2 community. Is it better to understand programming or understand statistics/analytics and how they can be used in business?

The programming requirement dragged me back to the early 1980s when the home PC was taking off. It was common for the machines (including the CP/M machines like Kaypro and Osborne) to come with a bundle of software (5.25-inch floppies that took a lot of disk swapping) such as a word processor, an accounting package, etc. Yet, I had an experience with a nephew who was taking a "computers" course in high school. Rather than teaching him how to use the computer and what it could do, they were teaching him BASIC.

 

 

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kq4ym   10/8/2016 2:02:41 PM
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Yes, those cross purposes will set a real challenge for companies as much or more in the quest for agile management in the future world of IoT where so many different ways of looking at the data and finding ways to adapt will become so important.

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Zimana   10/4/2016 10:58:50 AM
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Hi PredictableChaos,

Waterfall has its place when certain steps are framed as important and require prior steps to be taken - in other words, when the order is clear. Much of software development, which has become the heart of product development in many cases, is iterative, and requires a different approach.  You can't stop development of a car body or chassis because of the development of a navigation system.

 

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PredictableChaos   10/3/2016 6:10:06 PM
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Waterfall development methods can deliver results - if you don't believe it, consider the Apollo programs of 50 years ago.

I would agree that Agile methods are generally better for software environments, but most important of all is to set the right objectives and focus the whole team on the mission of meeting those objectives.

Far too often, some parts of the team are working at cross purposes with other groups.

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