Tag Archives: business intelligence
May 15, 2013 by Jim Harris
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian discussed what Baba Shiv of the Stanford Graduate School of Business called the decision dilemma, “where there is no objectively best choice, where there are simply a number of subjective variables with trade-offs between them. The nature of the situation is such that additional information probably won’t even help. In these cases – consider the parable of the donkey that, halfway between two bales of hay and unable to decide which way to walk, starves to death – what we want, more than to be correct, is to be satisfied with our choice (and out of the dilemma).”
Apr 12, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Business leaders and managers at all levels within an organisation make hundreds of important decisions throughout the year and nearly all of them are driven by data.
Jan 18, 2012 by Jim Harris
In an edited excerpt of his new book, Too Big to Know, David Weinberger explained “Thomas Jefferson and George Washington recorded daily weather observations, but they didn’t record them hourly or by the minute. Not only did they have other things to do, such data didn’t seem useful. Even after the invention of the telegraph enabled the centralization of weather data, the 150 volunteers who received weather instruments from the Smithsonian Institution in 1849 still reported only once a day.”
Nov 09, 2011 by Jim Harris
One of my favorite television shows is MythBusters on the Discovery Channel, starring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, which uses elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various myths, such as whether modern technology could disprove that a needle in a haystack is a good metaphor for something that is difficult, if not impossible, to find.