- by Tom Sattler, Blogger
- 10/16/2014 9:54:26 AM
True. But mistakes that lead to discovery are only made by people who are willing to do hard things (loose site of the shore) - which easier to do with a sail or a motor (technological advance) than an oar or paddle.
- by kq4ym, Data Doctor
- 10/16/2014 8:43:44 AM
Good points. Most interesting stuff is discoverd by leaving the shore. But a significant portion of discovery is actually by mistake. Columbus was looking for Inda and found the Carribean Searching in one diredtion will often lead us in a new direction. Sometime it works out well, and sometimes not.
- by Phoenix, Data Doctor
- 10/15/2014 10:20:23 AM
@Seth Those are some great ways of promoting analytics. If you have your co-workers' support it is more likely that they will support you when the time comes. Changing mindsets of people who are used to doing things in a certain way is always difficult. But peer pressure and sound ideas could indeed make them look at things more positively.
- by Jamescon, Editor
- 10/14/2014 7:46:31 AM
@Tom Sattler. I agree with your dismissal of the claim that everything that can be achieved with serious effort has been done. Let's not forget the quote attributed -- mistakenly? -- to the patent commissioner in 1899 that everything that can be invented has been invented.
- by Tom Sattler, Blogger
- 10/13/2014 8:52:26 PM
Beth - Interesting. Earlier today I was reading an excerpt and article on a the book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build Your Future.
In the article a trichotomy, dividing gaols in to:
1 those that are easily attained with minimal effort
2 those that can only be attained with serious effort (and)
3 those that can not be satisfied, not matter how much effort
One had posited that only the easy and the impossible still exist, all those that can be attained with serious effort already had been attained. Which given advances in technology and advances in methods and modeling, is untrue - the point of your post
I think it is greatly encouraging to find that the significant, and most rewarding, accomplishments are from those goals that can only be attained with serious effort (loosing site of the shore).
- by SethBreedlove, Data Doctor
- 10/13/2014 8:15:14 PM
I find the best ways to promote analytics is to just go ahead and do a project or proof of concept to show management that it does work and can save money. Suggestions tend to get shot down when it is just an abstract idea. Also, it's great to get feedback from your co-workers. It improves any concept and also brands it as your idea in case you have those that co-op projects as their own.
- by Balaji Prasad, Blogger
- 10/13/2014 4:33:19 PM
@Beth, this was timely. I just wrote a piece on considering data from the IoT, and we're having a similar discussion about the balance between trusting the shore versus throwing yourself at the mercy of the ocean waves.
I find that pushing to extend the "box" is always needed in enterprises, because the box was defined at a prior point in time, while the world outside has changed the nature of supply and demand. In some organizations, I have seen different roles be created to foster some healthy tension and conflict so that new things are not oppressed by the mind-set that is needed for stable operations.
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