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February 2013

Cognitive Edge accreditation

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 28, 2013  ·  News

We have maintained a somewhat ambiguous position on accreditation over the years.   During the IBM period we experimented with examinations and essay writing but that consumed resource for little return and consistency was a problem.   For Cognitive Edge’s education programme we went with an approach which said if you attended our 2-day Accreditation course you were an accredited member of the network with an expectation that you would contribute to the methods via the wiki and also publish cases.  That really didn't work either!

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...to die so young

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 27, 2013  ·  Great places

One of my passions, as many a reader will know is Opera and I am looking forward to Berlin a full Ring Cycle this April.  I try and manage my time so that I see most productions at the ROH and ENO as well the a good percentage of the WNO.  I'm not a fan of Mozart so while I will collect something I have not seen before I tend not to seek them out.  Opera before the 19th Century is another collectable; see once tick the box.  

From the 19th Century, which means Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Verdi life gets interesting and variation...

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Babies & bathwater again

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 26, 2013  ·  Polemic

I picked up a great tweet from Umair Haque yesterday(@umairh and a hat-tip to Jules for the link): Maybe I'll start an anti-TED, with three-hour-long in-depth talks about Great Ideas. Oh, wait. It's called "A University".  I retweeted it, resisting the temptation to amend It's called to It was called.  Now in parallel with this I have being dealing with some of the ideological dancing around how a conference should be structured and reading reports of the Italian elections which seems to have discovered a old form of oratory,...

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OMG, its culture change time

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 25, 2013  ·  Polemic, Reflections

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike.  And of course once blame has been allocated we end up with a visitation from the cultural change specialists with their tool kit of communication plans, key drivers, motivational posters, games and the like.  It's a form of aversion therapy  really, change now or we'll put you through a re-education programme.  So given that its refreshing to see Quentin Millington, one of the priesthood, express a degree of reservation about the whole...

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Judgement & statistics

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 24, 2013  ·  Musings

Watching the rugby match between Scotland and Ireland today was interesting for a neutral.  Come to think of it, its about the only match where I am ever neutral, support being in the sequence Wales - Fellow Celts - Anyone who isn't England.  The interesting feature is that on all the statistical evidence Ireland should have had a walk over, but they lost.  Around 70% of both possession and territory with the opposition theoretically exhausted by a tackle count three times your own would normally assure you of victory.  If you watch...

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