# Monday, September 21, 2020

Episode 627

Irma Mesa on Cafecito

Irma Mesa created Cafecito for those who are working from home. Cafecito uses machine learning algorithms to connect people to others with similar interests and schedule time to meet. She talks about building this technology and business and about the b2b service she is planning.

Monday, September 21, 2020 8:54:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, June 17, 2019

Episode 568

Heather Wilde on Anticipatory Design

Heather Wilde discusses how to machine learning with user interfaces and user experience to craft a more personalized experience between a person and the products and services they use.


Monday, June 17, 2019 8:21:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, July 17, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017 10:06:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, April 7, 2017

I spoke recently with CVP Erich Andersen and Director of Marketing for Azure Tanuj Bansal about the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage program, that assists companies with patent issues.

Watch below or click here.

Friday, April 7, 2017 2:30:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, June 24, 2015

With a mere 135 pages, Orchestrated Knowledge by Peter Leeson doesn't appear very substantial at first glance. But Leeson packs a lot into a small package. The book describes ways that companies can improve their quality and productivity. Leeson distills his decades of management consulting into a set of brief chapters describing the mistakes he has witnessed at various companies and recommendations for correcting these mistakes.

Leeson talks a lot about quality. He writes:

"The first thing that we need to consider in any organization is that quality is the most important thing. The quality of your work defines you. Whoever you are, whatever you do, I can find the same products and services cheaper somewhere else. But your quality is your signature."

PeterLeeson According to Leeson, Quality is achieved by people - not by tools, as so many believe. He urges organizations to empower their employees by listening to their ideas and allowing them apply their own creativity in performing their jobs and directing changes about their area. Employees will be happier and happier employees tend to be more productive and produce higher quality goods and services. Most organizations avoid this because they fear the risk of exposing flaw in their system and because they don't trust their employees.

OrchestratedKnowledge Communication is a large focus of this book. Employees lose motivation when they don't know why changes are implemented, what goals the company hopes to achieve, and what projects are coming in the future. Communicating with employees not only empowers them, but allows them to focus their energies on the best way to solve problems, rather than on performing a set of rote tasks.

The largest chapter describes what Leeson calls the "Orchestrated Knowledge Organization", which breaks the company into cells - each with a specific set of responsibilities and an area of quality on which to focus.

Leeson advocates evolutionary change over revolutionary change - keep what works in your organization and build on it, rather than reconstructing everything - a high-risk strategy that is difficult to adopt.

Orchestrated Knowledge does not provide many step-by-step instructions for your company to follow. But it does provide a lot of guidance that you can apply to your own organization to avoid mistakes and make it more successful.



My interview with Peter Leeson, May 2014

Peter Leeson’s blog

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 3:37:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013 8:39:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)