Sunday, November 16, 2003

By the way, Google stand 10264
Not sure where else to put this. Also not sure if I can lift this much text. From Jerry Pournelle on the Byte site. This is Comdex week and the context for most of my study on quality has been the gradual spread of technology through media such as Byte.

It may be that Comdex 2003 has not much happening in real time and space. Who knows? It has got an agenda and much stuff will relate. Adobe have a link on their events site but no stand as it appears and no speakers. Global Graphics have a stand but they have to try harder. Not much chance of Adobe spending money at Seybold Amsterdam if they think their website covers Comdex.

Maybe this post is part of the learning log as the theory is getting stable enough to cope with some current issues.

Adobe PDF was Byte best in show about 10 years ago, maybe 11. Expect more time warp shifts. Jerry Pournelle may write some new stuff later this week in which case expect a link.

"The last year that BYTE gave the "Best of COMDEX" awards, we gave the Best of Show award to the Linux Pavilion, and several Linux products won technical excellence awards (we presented them with the help of an actress in a penguin suit). The Linux Pavilion was one of the most exciting places at COMDEX that year. This year you could hardly find a Linux company. Linux was there, but well hidden. Ernest Lilley says that's the story of Linux in a nutshell: Its greatest successes are buried in servers that no one sees, and because of their reliability, no one thinks about…

Even better hidden was a conference on Apache held at the Alexis Park Hotel, and publicized so badly that I didn't learn of it until it was over. Perhaps that's where the Linux companies were: You sure couldn't find any of them at COMDEX. "

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Starting to use this as a prompt / record of what to do next with the site at

After the day on the theory of knowledge at the IQA Deming SIG meeting, the site needs an update with the previous material. This could be in a date sequence.

Two things made a strong impression.

There is much more of a base for quality as a subject in UK universities than I realised. I still think there could be more of a connection with peeople studying learning in organisations. Also the people at the meeting think that German universities have a history with engineering that compares with MIT as a source for positive attitudes to quality theory.

Deming stated that change comes from outside a system. I missed this bit really, although it comes at the beginning of the chapter. I was reminded of this, although I can't see how it fits with the idea that the system of profound knowledge can help management make decisions. This stuff is not prescriptive, whatever some comment may suggest.

Maybe the book is called 'The New Economics' as a study in what happens to companies whether they are learning or not. In the printing industry many organisations have ceased trading. Moving along with computers and the web is not easy.

Friday, October 31, 2003

Just a test to see if this is still working

Some new stuff at

I have tried a new direction in presenting ideas about 'management learning' to quality professionals at the IQA Deming SIG. This seems to be working ok. I have not given up on interesting academics in quality theory but the alternative approach seems to get more response at the moment.

Sunday, February 09, 2003

There will be another 'Management Theory in Action' conference in April.

Currently working on a new paper for this. Details will follow