Processes, automation and human potential (final cut)

After a solid overhaul, and with added concepts and information, the article “Processes, automation and human potential” is now published and available on Scribd.com. It is also available here.

From the abstract:

The following article attempts to illuminate some important aspects of business and organization, such as:

  • What can and should be automated?
  • When should you trust people rather than processes?
  • What is responsibility and how can you ensure the intended production?

This article tackles the basis for automation, processes and human potential for reaching goals.

For the readers interested in Scientology – this article incidentally explains why perhaps the main policy of Scientology, the “Keeping Scientology Working” spells the demise of the subject itself.

Definition of a “cult”

When a method becomes senior to a desired outcome, and when that method gathers a crowd.

I came to this definition as a result of my latest article on process vs. output. That article has been reworked and is ready for publication. Stay tuned.

Information overflow

What happens to us as we stand in a storm of information?

The information overflow is steadily increasing. We are bombarded by information from countless channels – newspapers, TV, radio, billboards, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, sms, Linkedin, Google+, Diaspora, Trello, e-mail lists, forums, face to face conversations, phone, phone apps, blogs…

With such a massive amount of data, how do we cope? How do we sort? How do we sift? What to trust, and what to ditch?

On February 16th, I will be holding the opening speech at the CIO forum in Oslo. And with people like you reading my blog, I would be stupid not to ask for your views.

I am not simply looking for how you think we should handle massive data, but also what it does to an individual, to our society.

Gimme your take on the human aspect of the information overflow.

Update: My post after the talk.

multitasking

Processes, automation and human potential

I have been working with an article that captures the essence of my recent professional work, during the last year or so. Brendan and I have been consulting several organizations with the aim of helping them achieve better results – be it more revenue or profit, more efficient use of time, customer satisfaction, better cooperation or above all releasing individual initiative, responsibility and creativity.

I release the article here first to invite feedback from the wonderful and smart contributers on this blog. If you read the article and give some valuable input, you may be credited if you want.

The article is here: “Processes, automation and human potential

What’s with the discussions?

This blog has been active for 1,5 years now. It replaced my old Scientology blog as I wanted to move my open writing into any area that tickled my fancy. Like free will and other existential philosophical subjects, HP calculators and other technical subjects, as well as life and living.

This space is marked by many long and interesting discussion by very smart people with very different viewpoints. When I write somewhat controversial posts, the discussions usually counts several hundred comments, some even more than a thousand. This has become the blog on the Internet that gathers the most replies on specific Scientology-related subjects. Perhaps because it tackles the core philosophy of Scientology and possibly because it retains a fairly objective stance, being neither effusively pro nor toxically against. But rather exploring, evaluating and searching for areas to improve.

However, my interest lies not with Scientology. What occupies me is enlightenment, truth, free will and general improvement. Any tool should remain junior to an intended result. Except for my HP-41… it remains a solution is search of a problem. Being a nerd at heart, I luv my tools – but I still try to keep my eyes focused on the goals. I try to do what generates the best results toward those goals.

Do the discussions on this blog? Are they worth it? What are they worth? Almost a hundred comments per day is a lot. Maybe it’s time to end the discussions while on the top?

New Year present: WOIM 1.7 with real life examples

With some nudging from India (thanks Shantanu Kulkarni), I have gotten around to make WOIM more easily accessible for anyone. The manual now includes several real life examples on how to use WOIM for describing anything from business processes and todo-lists to food recipes and philosophical arguments. With this, anyone should be able to get going with WOIM. It starts out like this:

On the way in to the shopping mall, you take a quick glance at the list given to you by your mother/father/brother/wife:

5 liters of Milk
2 packages of Butter
2 liters of Orange juice
Bananas (5-8)

A simple list. But the next time you go to the shop, the list has grown to a paragraph:

If they have pepperoni and that special pizza sauce, buy that and also flour, yeast, cheese and ham. If not, then buy the Indian spicy chicken with 5 or more suitable vegetables. If the chicken is sol out, be creative and decide what we should have for dinner. Also buy apple juice, eggs, washing powder and paper towels.

You wonder if that paragraph can be written a bit more concise.

The WOIM document is available on Scrobd.com as well as the usual place.

For the geeks, the WOIM plugin for VIM is updated and now includes a full HTML conversion and several improvements.

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