Monday, December 4, 2017

AppsJack TECH DRIVERS Debate Highlights - November 2017

We had a motley crew of 16 awesome people at the kickoff of AppsJack Season 2, where our topic is causality and business dependency networks (BDNs). 

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We were led on Tuesday evening by management consultant David Slight who is basically awesome. David came very well prepared with handouts for the guests and a meetup host sign-up sheet.  David led us in topic 1 of 12: TECH DRIVERS. 

The dialog went far and wide and was fascinating.   The discussion touched on:
  • The 3rd Industrial Revolution wiki
  • 5G mobile networks wiki
  • Humans are Under Rated video
  • GM says it is leaving the automotive industry - Richard Webb statement, needs source
  • Bonini's Paradox - contribution by newcomer Lucas Parker - "explains the difficulty in constructing models or simulations that fully capture the workings of complex systems (such as the human brain)."  wiki
  • "Things don't just happen, they happen for a reason."  ~ David Slight quote.
  • Drivers are things we can't change.
  • Richard spoke about the technology having been ready and done for five years but regulation and its impacts are the things holding its implementation back.
The main lessons that I took away as a facilitator and leader of this group were A) we need to tell people to create a small team of at least one other person so they are engaged and can break out if needed (and not just be quiet or disengaged in the discussion).  Having small groups is one thing that makes us identify as part of the big group.

Join us for our next gathering in a couple of weeks when we'll take the HUMAN side of the DRIVERS debate.  Details and RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Plan for 2017 and 2018

By David Slight

We'll Talk About Causality and Business Dependency Networks. For a YEAR!

Given our mission to talk about business and technology and learn from diverse perspectives of the group members, we are suggesting and going forth with this self-organizing charter for the coming year. For each of the six BDN perspectives, we will look first at the technology followed by the human perspective. So our calendar for the year looks like the following:


Drivers Tech: what is coming for robotics, automation and futurism

Drivers Humans: how to evangelize the humanist and people perspectives
Drivers explain why an investment is being made. These are the reasons that senior managers believe will have an impact on the business in a given time frame, yet they are outside the direct control of the organization. A driver requires responses from the business. Drivers can be external (listed first), something in the larger market environment, or internal, an improvement initiative or mandate generated within the organization by senior management.

Outcomes Tech: What technology and automation do we want to adopt? How far are we willing to let the robots go?

Outcomes Humans: Define the outcomes we as humans want to achieve.
The outcomes define the end point, or the state at which an investment is aimed.  They are the agreed-upon achievement targets  that help address the drivers. Outcomes are derived from the envisioned changes indicated by the drivers, and help define the benefits that are to be expected.

Benefits Tech: What benefits can automation and technology provide? How do we measure the benefits?

Humans: Benefits: Who should get the benefits? Large tech corporations or everyone? The developer or sales?
Benefits describe what will happen in the business to help achieve the outcomes. These are advantages to an organization’s stakeholders that can be realized by business changes. Every benefit stream must have an owner who is part of the analysis process. The expected benefits types must be determined, along with how they will be measured. The organization’s key performance indicators (KPIs) are a good source of measures. Inclusion of quantitative measures is preferred, if a reliable number can be obtained from the customer.


Changes Tech: Where is the tipping point when AI starts to think for itself?

Changes Humans: Can people change, can culture change?
Business changes are new and permanent ways of working within the organization to realize benefits.  The changes come in three forms: 1) Doing new things, 2) doing things better, and 3) stopping counterproductive things.  These can be shown at a high level in several ways, depending on the organization’s preference: as a business process to be changed, a description of the changes to be made, or as organizational capabilities or functional units.


Capabilities Tech:  What capabilities can we rely on from technology?

Capabilities Humans: What are the essential human capabilities that should be retained and nurtured?
Capabilities are that must be at the required level of maturity in order to support the desired business changes. Multiple capabilities may be required to change an individual process, and some changes may affect more than one process. Training, implementations of new standards, policies, and procedures, or acquisitions and reorganizations are included in this category.

Enablers Tech: Which technologies are ready for prime time?

Enablers Humans: What can technology still not enable?  
Enabling technologies  provide the lowest level answers to the question of how  business changes will be achieved.  The items in this column are the IT systems, projects, or product features that will support needed changes. They can support changes in a business process, as well as the introduction of new technology or the work required in a project .


December: Discuss our charter for 2019

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AppsJack Group to Change World in 2018

It was a nice Fall day and the biggest and best turnout to date happened for the AppsJack group last night at Big Fish Grill in Kirkland.

Alan Andersen, Andrew Sengul, Berry Zimmerman, Christian Harris, Dominic Wong, Dr. Tom Louwers, Ele Munjeli, Eric Veal, Jean Bishop, Jehan Bharucha, Kifaya Dawud, Mark Mueller-Eberstein, Megan Gaiser, Thomas Mercer, Mike Dodd, Reba Haas, David Slight, Sriram Sabesan, Steve Kubacki, Susan Stringer, Richard Webb
 Here was our agenda for the evening:

  • Retrospective and feedback
    • Success stories and new relationships from the group
    • Best parts
    • Worst parts
    • Things to change
    • Competition - what takes you away from it?
  • Purpose and identity - who are we and why are we here, what's our name?
  • Schedule and frequency, meeting types and formats, size of meetings
  • 2018 Topics
  • Ongoing relationship to APQC?
  • Organizers / board
  • Expansion, scope, milestones, organization
  • Fees
  • Partnerships, sponsorship, affiliations
  • Podcast
  • Subgroups and committees
  • Technology, tools and online presence
  • Venues, Seattle

Here are the main action items and to do's from the meeting:

  • Plan in detail
  • Change name
  • Remove cap of # attendees
  • Postpone start by one hour
  • Change topics from APQC to BDN + Robots + Humans in 2018
  • Get owners/hosts/leads for each 2018 meeting 
  • Look into online tech that would help
  • Book reviews
  • Pre-reading and recommendations
  • More detailed profiles for each member - stickers or badges based on the APQC model
  • Patreon platform for contributions
  • E2B as sponsor?
  • Consider and help each other develop what "product" each of us is creating
  • Opportunities to share stories and successes annually - a gala
  • Leverage what is unique and beneficial about Seattle over other tech hubs like Silicon Valley - be unique, different and stand out.  We are practical and not Hollywood.  We are loggers and fishermen.

And here are detailed notes, outcomes and decisions from the meeting.  Join us at a gathering soon!
  • Retrospective and feedback
    • Lots of good feedback here.  People were here for:
      • "High level thinking"
      • Diversity of opinions and perspectives (learning)
      • Academic, experienced and educated tone
      • Consistent high quality
      • Stimulation
      • Idea sharing
      • Cross-domain thinking and experiences, feedback and ideas
      • Random networking
      • Stories and experiences are illuminating
    • Successes people have had
      • Steve and Andrew met through the group and are collaborating
      • Christian has met a ton of new people through it
      • Thomas met Bruce Follansbee who has opened many doors
  • Purpose and identity - who are we and why are we here, what's our name?
    • Brainstorm on names, taglines and descriptions
      • Descriptions and Taglines
        • Thought provoking
        • "It's all connected"
        • Making Meaning and Money
      • Names
        • Think tank
        • "Talk Tank"
        • "Food for Thought"
        • Talk, Inc.
        • Rethinking business
        • Humanist Technology
        • Making Business Human
        • Saving Business
        • Business Humanity²
        • Human Tank
        • Business Reconnected
        • Business & People Reconnected
        • H2H: Human to Human
        • Unf*ck Business
        • Human-Centered Business
        • Business Renaissance: Unf*cking Business - This was the most popular (or at least the funniest).  We will continue to think about the best name.
  • Schedule and frequency, meeting types and formats, size of meetings
    • 4th Tuesdays will continue
    • 5 PM official start preferred but people welcome to show up earlier
    • No limit on number of guests
    • "Owners" / organizers for each meeting - sign up sheet
  • 2018 Topics and themes
    • Ele: "The automation apocalypse"
    • AI vs. Automation
    • Robot-Human Interface
    • Steve offered this three-pronged approach:
      • Economics
      • Business
      • Praxix / Products (concrete)
    • Zodiac signs - Andrew Sengul
    • The BDN model with David Slight: Drivers, Objectives, Benefits, Changes, Capabilities, Enablers and then switch between the tech/robot perspective and the human perspective.  
  • Ongoing relationship to APQC?
    • Nothing will be overt.  Could come up again here and there but it's over for now.  RIP APQC!
  • Organizers / board
    • Not needed.  Tap individuals as needed.  Build small, focused teams as needed.  Keep organic.
  • Expansion, scope, milestones, organization
    • Happy to keep it as an Eastside only event for now.
    • Eric will talk to Michael Dodd and the Product Camp people about expansion of a group in Seattle.
  • Fees
    • Keep it free / optional.
    • Can charge through meetup.  Runs the risk of turning people away; traction is preferred to profit.
    • Some guests are willing to contribute capital.
  • Partnerships, sponsorship, affiliations
    • Keep this standalone for now to maximize flexibility.
  • Podcast
    • Yes, the podcast is good.  Keep it tied to the meetup on the same schedule.  Add 1:1 podcasting capability through Janis' Machala or Josh Golden's contacts.
  • Subgroups and committees
    • No need for this right now.  Will form as necessary.
    • Technology subgroup: Ele, Andrew, Eric
  • Technology, tools and online presence
    • No agreement here.
    • An online discussion forum could be good.
    • Will talk with Andrew and Ele to decide on a direction.
  • Venues, Seattle
    • Big Fish Grill fine for now.
    • Reba and Berry may have some functional options if we want to switch it up.

Monday, October 23, 2017

AppsJack Capable Communities Podcast Season 1 Completes - Check It Out

We started out with this idea and framework and made it work.  Congrats and thank you to all involved.

It's amazing!  We just finished year one of the AppsJack Podcast: Capable Communities.  How awesome does this feel.  We had this idea a couple of years ago so it's amazing to see it come to frution and be so fun.  

Huge thanks to producer Christian Harris for all of his time and grace, Steve Kubacki for awesome support and content, Ele Munjeli for being so great, Richard Webb and David Slight for their amazing contributions.  We've truly built an amazing community and I am so proud.  

The Season 1 guests are listed below in alphabetical order.  We recorded 30 episodes with 30 guests and published over 16 hours of content, covering each of APQC's 12 areas of business processes.  We ate a lot of breakfasts and brunch, drank a lot of coffee and beer.

Tech Staffing CEO Aftab Farooqi
Leadership Coach Alan Andersen
Lean Agile Fellow Alan Sebring
Smartsheet Developer Andrea Cremese
Developer Andrew Sengul
Executive Andy Scott
Podcast Producer and Real Estate Mogul Christian Harris
Creative Data Genius Dave De Noia
Finance Expert and Restaurateur Dave Niederkrome
Security Expert and All-Around Brain Don Alvarez
The Inspirational and Motivated Ele Munjeli
IT Champ James Murray
Entrepreneur and Sales Professional James Tuff
CEO Joe O'Konek
Startup Attorney and Podcaster Joe Wallin
Patent Attorney Jonathan Olson
Security Expert Josh Barrow
Front-End Developer Josh Bosworth
International Marketing Wiz Kifaya Dawud
Tech Consulting Business Developer Lee Carter
Startup Wonk Leo Lam
Crypto Currency Consultant Mark Mueller-Eberstein
Author and Speaker on Focus and Clarity Michael Cavitt
Author and Conflict Management Specialist Rachel Alexandria
Lean PM and Business Continuity Expert Ralph Kliem
Business Attorney Reuben Ortega
Architect Richard Webb
CEO and Member of the Board Scott Davis
Clinical Psychologist and Very Creative Steve Kubacki

Stay tuned for what will happen in Season 2!

#30 - Modern Business Models - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 4 of 4

Enterprise Architect Richard Webb and the panel discuss modern business models and the potential of thinking outside of the traditional box.

Check out this episode!

#29 - To Comply Or Not To Comply - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 3 of 4

The four-member panel discusses the importance and reality of compliance according the laws of customers, markets and regulatory bodies.

Check out this episode!

#28 - Taking More Risks - Risk, Compliance, Remediation and Resiliency - Part 2 of 4

Eric shares stories about risk taking in snowboarding and business. The group talks talks about ways to encourage more calculated risk taking.

Check out this episode!