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18 October 2017 – AUT Colab partnership

Last month S23M entered into a partnership with AUT Colab, the collaboratory for AUT's Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies. The agreement was signed by Jorn Bettin of S23M and Guy Littlefair of AUT Colab.

Jorn Bettin, Andrew Shewring, Guy Littlefair and Pete Rive

Professor Littlefair said that "this agreement with S23M is a ringing endorsement of Colab's ability to work with industry and a big opportunity for the whole faculty to gain knowledge of their innovation and interdisciplinary expertise".

S23M and Colab have agreed to:

  • jointly develop learning resources and lectures related to innovation and entrepreneurship; interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration, research and design; co-creation; and product line engineering
  • host and facilitate the quarterly CIIC unconference
  • build on S23M's MODA + MODE methodology, to further research and develop S23M's Cell Platform technology, and to encourage open and widespread use of these tools according to the principles of open innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

S23M intends to sponsor Master’s and PhD students with an interest in one of the following areas of research:

  • Visualisation of semantic artefacts on internet connected devices
  • Tool assisted conversion of textual domain knowledge into formal models
  • Unsupervised machine learning techniques that produce human understandable representations

16 September 2017 – CIIC Auckland

Lena Waizenegger provided the following problem statement, which was seen as an interesting way to explore the theme of "the essence of humanity", and to build on the results of previous workshops covering human scale computing:

My focus is on the interaction and collaboration processes of humans and intelligent machines. I want to investigate how work processes and work practices change when human employees and machines work collaboratively to fulfil specific tasks in the healthcare and construction sectors.

The participants noted that the machines fall into two main categories: cognitive assistants and robots. They then explored how collaboration takes place between agents (human and machine), and what factors influence the quality, trustworthiness of the collaboration and systems which support it.

View the full article on the results

15 September 2017 – Cultural Evolution Society Conference in Jena, Germany

The inaugural Cultural Evolution Society Conference (CES) took place on 13-15 September 2017. CES supports evolutionary approaches to culture. The conference was a milestone event with a programme of close to 200 talks, panels and workshops.

Jorn Bettin and Xaver Wiesmann presented a poster entitled "Designing filtering, collaboration, thinking, and learning tools for the next 200 years", which is related to the MODA + MODE methodology for interdisciplinary research, design, and engineering.

View the poster, accompanying slides, and additional reference material

3 June 2017 – CIIC Auckland

This unconference event focused on human scale computing, which is the adaptation of the cognitive load generated by technology to human cognitive limits.

The objective of human scale computing is to improve communication and collaboration:

  • between humans,
  • between humans and software systems,
  • and between software systems.

View the full article on the results

18 March 2017 – CIIC Melbourne

The first CIIC workshop in Melbourne brought together a group of 14 highly motivated participants around the theme of neurodiversity.

The following topics were discussed:

  • The support system needed to nurture divergent thinking in the context of collaboration within organisations and between organisations
  • Individual behavioural patterns within the social context in typical work environments
  • The obstacles that stand in the way of collaboration across organisational boundaries

View the full article on the results

26 January 2017 – CIIC-off Melbourne

The "CIIC-off" event in Melbourne at the Knowledge Management Leadership Forum at RMIT was very enjoyable.

The themes of neurodiversity and creativity led participants to ask a number of interesting questions that were explored in-depth at the inaugural CIIC Melbourne workshop at RMIT on 18 March 2017, which was facilitated by Helen Palmer.

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3 December 2016 – Neurodiversity – The Core of Creativity at CIIC Auckland

At this event, Peter de Vocht gave a demonstration of the semantic search technology he is developing for use in managing information overload. Jorn Bettin presented a keynote (slides) on the relationship between neurodiversity and creativity, the impact of widespread discrimination against people with autistic traits in the workplace, and on the need for radical autistic activism.

Participants then compared two fundamentally different approaches to knowledge sharing and knowledge extraction. The discussion was interwoven with further discussion of neurodiversity and the role of different cognitive lenses in shaping the motivations behind humans communication, as well as the preferred forms of expression and interaction.

More about Neurodiversity

View the results of the CIIC unconference

3 September 2016 – The Future of Zero Marginal Cost at CIIC Auckland

Dr. Pete Rive, one of the founding members of the Colab Industry Advisory group at AUT university, presented a keynote talk at the CIIC unconference on 3 September 2016 about the implications of zero marginal cost on the future of human societies.

Participants focused on the following problem statement submitted by Seyedjamal Zolhavarieh:

In the domains of health informatics and clinical decision support systems there is a lack of quality assessment of extracted knowledge for clinical decision making. There are two questions:

  • Can clinical decision support systems (CDSS) can cope with rare or unusually presenting diagnoses?
  • How to make sure that the knowledge provided by CDSS is reliable?

View the results of the CIIC unconference

5 March 2016 – CIIC Auckland

The unconference started off with a great keynote (view slides) by Vlatka Hlupic on The Management Shift.

The audience related in particular to the core message

People + Purpose = Performance

which framed the subsequent discussion of the core challenges within the healthcare sector in New Zealand.

CIIC participants decided to focus on two healthcare related problem statements:

  1. Design and development of tools for effective self-care
  2. How do we mobilise and align NZ’s policy, research, healthcare and commercial capabilities to deliver world-leading health outcomes, generate substantial economic returns, and attract, develop and retain talent? (First step: simplify problem statement.)

View the full article on the results

5 December 2015 – CIIC Auckland

Participants decided to explore the problem statement submitted by Stephen Marsland:

Is there a place for barter?

It seems likely that money, and hence financial systems, arose from bartering. How did this happen, how did bartering arise in the first place, and what does it tell us about the modern world/what can we use it for?

View the full article on the results

26 September 2015 – CIIC Auckland

Participants decided to pick up the thread from the last CIIC unconference around the following two related questions:

  1. How do we need to redefine economic progress?
  2. What is value?
To initiate the discussion, Alan Miles presented a synopsis of an excellent article on values that he had written following the unconference in June 2015.

Participants agreed that on the one hand values systems are highly personal and may vary significantly from individual to individual, and that on the other hand the social and cultural factors identified by Alan (philosophy, psychology, religion, politics, economics, engineering) have a significant influence.

Jorn Bettin used the domain of sailing to illustrate how an over-simplified language and a one-dimensional measure for progress can lead to a highly distorted “understanding” of a complex system, which prevents any real progress from the perspectives of the agents within the system.

The group searched for a small set of universal values with the potential to transcend the values generated by differences in cultural context. The result is a draft set of universal values that should prove useful in evaluating concrete opportunities for interdisciplinary innovation in future CIIC unconferences.

View the full article on the results

12 October 2015 – Career opportunities at S23M

Our business is growing. At S23M we build our business around the skills, talents, and passions of the people within our team. The breadth and depth of our service offering are a direct reflection of the diversity and the capability within our team.

We are looking for talented professionals with expertise in one or more of our lines of business:

  • Innovation & New Product Development
  • Product Line Engineering
  • Operational Excellence
  • Enterprise Software as a Service

If you are ready to put your talents and passion to work in a collaborative high performance team, we would love to hear from you!

16 June 2015 – CIIC Auckland

The participants of the CIIC-off event on 16 June 2015 decided to tackle five of the submitted problem statements by working in parallel in two working groups, and sharing intermediate results along the way. The discussions in both groups delivered the following raw results, which will be documented in more detail by the owners of the submitted problem statements:

Working group A

Topics:

  1. What opportunities are there for collaboration between companies in building understanding of how to make progress towards sustainable supply chains?
  2. New Zealand’s contribution to a sustainable world. Many of our exports are associated with our clean green image. Yet our clean performance data shows we’re behind much of Europe, and falling behind. The demand for energy efficient living just isn’t there, especially in transport and housing. Rather than relying on policies, how can industries change this?

Working group B

Topics:

  1. Considering that Deming's deadly diseases of management are alive and well, how do we need to redefine economic progress so that the core of the definition still makes sense to those who will live 200 years from now?
  2. How do we blend human interaction and discretion within increasingly automated business processes? On a regular basis, we hear of serious “business process” failures … failures in the process of issuing consents (Christchurch City Council) … in privacy (WINZ) … in health … in justice … too many to list … and on a regular basis.
  3. What priorities are required for developing Embryonic Industries/SMEs, so that their potential can be advanced and their benefits can be realised within a small economic country like New Zealand? What needs to change to meet the increasing demands in a fast changing global market?

CIIC-off slides

A basic language for economic activity

The presentation also includes a few background slides on economic agents, purpose, and learning, and additional thoughts on a useful definition of economic progress. Food for further open space collaboration.

View the full article on the results

11 March 2015 – Conference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration

Call for participation: CIIC, Auckland, 16 June 2015

S23M invites innovators and R&D professionals to contribute to the first conference on interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration that takes place in Auckland, New Zealand.

Background:

In order to be successful on the world stage, and to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges that lie ahead, researchers and innovators must create and nurture a collaborative culture that encourages diversification, and that bridges organisational boundaries and traditional research silos.

To nurture such a collaborative culture, and to catalyse interdisciplinary innovation, the Business School of the University of Auckland and S23M have joined forces, and have decided to co-sponsor a quarterly unconference event that brings together academic researchers and practitioners working in the private sector, in particular research and development staff, heads of product development, and individual innovators.

Science without innovation neglects opportunities and innovation without science remains shallow and superficial… Diverse knowledge is necessary to solve various problems in the world and to create value in the future, and overcome challenges that go beyond the framework of research in industry, government and academia.

from the mission of the Honda Research Institute 

14 June 2013 – Benchmark the talent distribution in your organisation

What is the correlation between official job titles and personal strengths in your organisation?

The key personal attributes and skills needed to succeed in a specific role can vary significantly between industry sectors. For example:

  • The role of a manager in a logistics organisation differs from the typical role of a manager in an insurance company.
  • The role of a solution architect in a government organisation is quite different from the role of a solution architect in a software vendor organisation.

To shed some light on this topic, S23M is conducting an anonymous three-question survey on the relationship between personal strengths and job roles. The results will be of particular interest to organisations that operate complex supply chains and to organisations that develop software intensive products.

The survey has the potential to deliver valuable insights into the core talents and personal attributes that are responsible for the current and future success of your business.

Click here to access the survey. You can also use this template as a starting point for a tailored message to your team.

Please contact us in case there is a need for assistance in communicating the intent of the survey, or a need for tailoring the survey to the specific needs of your organisation.

Media Commentary

25 March 2014 – IT News (Australia), How COTS became Australia's default software setting

Every sizable and successful organisation has a competitive/collaborative edge, which by definition goes beyond industry best practice, and can easily be blunted or obliterated by a hasty shift to off-the-shelf IT solutions.


There's a huge learning curve ahead for most government organisations in realising that when it comes to the core mission of the organisation they will have to develop high-quality digital services.

Read the full article 

5 July 2013 – IDG Communications, Analysis: State of the NZ IT market

Government, healthcare and software development are some of the leading areas shaping up the New Zealand IT market. But retaining talented staff is one of its biggest challenges.


Even though the government was committed to open data, there are only limited number of local providers with expertise related to data science and Big Data.


Regarding further innovation in e-Health and Healthcare IT the key challenge relates to privacy, individual control over health data, and the quality of information security.

Read the full article 

1 December 2012 – Harvard Business Review, Hot Jobs: Data Scientist

A LinkedIn employee uses analytics to come up with the popular “People You May Know” feature. A Facebook team creates a new coding language. They're the data scientists. Part hacker, part analyst, part communicator, these professionals use analytics to solve problems. But recruiting these creative data junkies can prove tricky, especially since the specific skill set they use is absent from university programs. Companies that don't act early to recruit talent risk falling behind.

The examples of Facebook and LinkedIn are not representative, because these companies are built on big data; they do not need to address historic data silos. Consolidating and aggregating data across the silos within an established enterprise can represent a major challenge. A good starting point for them is committing to cross disciplinary data analysis and product development.
– Jorn Bettin, Managing Partner, S23M Business Performance Consulting

Read related article: Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century 

16 October 2012 – IT News (Australia), Contracts can't control cloud risks

Any large, software-intensive business considering cloud computing needs to weigh up the risks of the cloud against its reliance on in-house legacy IT systems.

Read the full article 

2 July 2012 – ZDNet, AWS outage reveals backup cheapskates

Summary: Was Amazon to blame for the Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest and Pocket outages? According to analysts, they were just being too cheap.

Read the full article 
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