Category Archives: Idealized Design

Envisioning the Visual Analytics Future – circa 1986

The Fantastic Voyage – Computerworld, November 24, 1986 (John Kirkley) The following article appeared in Computerworld and described a talk I gave about a potential vision for a powerful visual analytics user interface.  I had not remembered this article until finding … Continue reading

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ALL-IN-1 Philosophy

In the process of describing the Making of Enterprise Software – ALL-IN-1, I came across the ALL-IN-1 Philosophy we published in 1982.  I was impressed at how much I still adhere to this philosophy thirty years later.  This philosophy was … Continue reading

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What if Business were Art Making?

At the UW Bothell Bootcamp Part 1 facilitated by Michele and Jim McCarthy, a powerful part of the process was the making of team art.  The supplies were all there and we were encouraged to “make art” throughout the weekend. … Continue reading

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The Future of Higher Education – MLA Seattle

Action driving tweets – who knew that such few characters of text could drive action that leads to engaging learning. A few days ago, Cathy Davidson tweeted that she was headed to Seattle, WA to the Modern Language Association Conference … Continue reading

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About Business and Product Development

The transformation of business is continuing to accelerate as we begin a new century.  We were barely understanding the Industrial Age when the widespread usage of computers in business moved us into the Information Age.  The rapid doubling of processor … Continue reading

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The One to One Future

I hate buying clothes, particularly business suits.  But I have added a lot of weight, so it is time to get a new business suit.  But still I delay.  Then, Greg, a neighbor who is the Men’s Clothes Purchasing Manager … Continue reading

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things

As I was writing a previous blog about Russ Ackoff, I remembered the many wonderful interactions I had with Russ. While we were working on the Idealized Design of the University, Russ and three of his graduate students came up … Continue reading

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Russ Ackoff on An Idealized Design for a University

In 1986, while managing Digital Equipment Corporation’s ALL-IN-1 $1B per year office automation development efforts, a colleague sent me a copy of Russ Ackoff’s Creating the Corporate Future (1981).  To paraphrase Russ’s famous introductory lectures on how he came across … Continue reading

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Synthesis versus Analysis

When I do consulting work for a client, sooner or later I’m asked “what is this process you are using?” Often, this is a polite way of saying that they would rather have a nicely laid out, step by step … Continue reading

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