Historical big data will save the future

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.

Nils Bohr

Can we predict the future of humankind in the same way that we forecast the weather?

In an article published in The Guardian, the journalist Laura Spinney discusses how historical data could be used, not only to predict the future of humankind but to save it as well. The piece titledHistory as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future” discussed how a small group of academics had come up with the notion that the analysis of historical big-data could be used in useful ways for the common good. At least that was my initial takeaway.

The estate

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Fixing racism in Labour and in England

Racism (and anti-Semitism) in the UK

Martyn Richard Jones

Brussels, 12th July 2019

To begin at the beginning

Britain’s Labour Party has been besieged by a continuous barrage of accusations alleging that the party is anti-Semitic; that it is institutionally racist and that its leader is somehow turning a blind eye to it.

This is a very serious and weighty allegation, with potentially devastating implications.

So, what does this deluge of accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party tell us about racism in Britain and in British politics?

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Information Technology Mirror Balls!

Coffee and cakes for breakfast
On the Way of Saint James

Martyn Richard Jones

Brussels, 10th July 2019

As George Burns put it “the key to success is sincerity” and “if you can fake that you’ve got it made.”

He was right, and you don’t need to go any further than the bizarre world of information technology, with its plethora of professional bulllshit artists, to work this one out.

Think of these folk as IT bullshit whisperers.

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A Brave New World?

Martyn Richard Jones

Brussels, 10th July 2019

The other day, I heard the aimless, timeless and fatuous claim that data is like an onion, and as you peel away the data-layers of the data-onion the data-onion-detail will become clearer.

Is it me, or is this someone who has never ever chopped up an onion in their life?

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Data must adapt or die!

Martyn Richard Jones

Our bloke in Brussels, 3rd July 2019

It’s a simple, timeless, human truth; data must adapt or die.

Read between the lines, the writing on the wall, the fat lady singing and the barking dogs at the gate.

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Mario Benedetti, 1920 To 2009

Mario Benedetti, 1920 To 2009

Martyn Richard Jones

The Jewish Chronicle website – 19th May 2009

The Uruguayan writer Mario Orlando Hamlet Hardy Brenno Benedetti Farugia, better known as Mario Benedetti, is no longer with us. Born in the small town of Paso de los Toros in the department of Tacuarembó, on the 14th of September 1920, he died in his home in the city of Montevideo, this last Sunday (17/5/2009), at the age of 88.

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Financial crisis and subprime – 2nd March 2009

Also at the Jewish Chronicle: https://www.thejc.com/blogs/financial-crisis-and-subprime-1.38100?highlight=martynineurope

Oh dear, whatever happened here? After years of over-borrowing and under-saving, the plentiful supply of cheap and easy money, the enthusiastic recklessness of a number of financial managers, and the complaisance of governments, the inevitable happened, and panic ensued.

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Brexit bullshit! Labour must lead!

Martyn Richard Jones

Brussels 24th June 2019

In 2016 the UK held what was called the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum the objective of which was to gauge public sentiment about the UK leaving or remaining in the EU.

It was a non-binding consultation, which means that regardless of outcome, it can be legitimately ignored by MPs.

The generally accepted nonsense about the referendum being legally or constitutionally binding was just that, nonsense.

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“Will of the people” bullshit

Martyn Richard Jones

Brussels Saturday 22nd June 2019

In 2016 the UK held what was offically known as the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, a non-binding consultation with the people of the UK on the question of the UK leaving or remaining in the EU.

51.9% of those who voted supported the UK’s exit from the European Union.

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Energising the Agile Way of Working brand and mindset

On my way to Léon

Martyn Richard Jones

Brussels 10th June 2019

Today I want to talk with you about energising the Agile Way of Working brand.

Sadly, the Agile Way of Working movement seems to be temporarily on the wane. The adoption rate of AWOW has not risen in line with expectations. It’s stuck in the doldrums between Scylla and Charybdis. Which makes for frowns all around.

But, me being me, I didn’t leave it at that. That’s a challenge, right there! Let’s go for it! Let’s turn those frowns upside-down

As result, I searched for a way to help the Agile@Scale crowd out, and I eventually came up with ten amazing pieces of incredible advice on how to easily make ‘Agile Way of Working’ truly something worth having around.

So, here we have it:

  1. First, change its name from the Agile Way of Working to the Agile Way of Whacking Off (Agile WOWO), you know, a touchy-feely way to “sex up” requirements. Bush and Blair style.
  2. Epics will be referred to as Dodgy Dossiers, User Stories will become Curated Jokes and Sprints will become Streaks.
  3. People working on Streaks will be known as Streakers, chapter members will be known as Schleppers and guild members will be known as Schmucks, everyone else will be referred to as Bernie or Helen.
  4. Every morning Dodgy Dossier Owners must repeat the term “Agile Operating Model” until they puke their guts out.
  5. All Scrum and Kanban boards are be replaced with life-sized wack-a-mole models.
  6. Only those kitted out as My Little Pony or Princess Line can use coloured post-it notes.
  7. Anyone caught using the names Google, Spotify, Netflix or Zappos.com will be denied the oxygen of publicity.
  8. Anyone evidenced repeating the terms “by design”, “learning journey” and “minimum viable product” will be denied the oxygen of oxygen.
  9. Anyone caught using comic images of rockets, astronauts or planets (including the sun) anywhere in their “content” will be forever referred to as a feckin space-cadet.
  10. If you can’t defecate rainbows on demand then you have no right being involved in Agile at Scale or the Agile Way of Whacking Off.

There you have it. Ten jolly and sensible policies for a happy world of Agile at Scale and Agile WOWO.

Many thanks for reading,

This is Martyn Jones of goodstrat.com – THE GOOD STRATEGY COMPANY

Until next time.

Contact me at martyn dot jones at goodstrat dot com