Monthly Archives: March 2011

Systems: a prescription

NOTE: You may only read this if you are trying to understand a current system, design a new system, or implement a system change, or have done so in the past. Because only you will believe this: Systems thinking is an art, not a science. But just as Wolfgang Mozart had to start by learning […]

The price of data

There seems to be a standard belief that keeping data is free. And I’m not talking about the so-called “big data” such as Google’s web caching activities, Walmart’s RFID warehousing activities, or NASA’s meteorological and astronomical surveys. I’m talking about  keeping old, poorly named excel files. Or a database of leads from 1995. Or unread email in […]