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DIARY: April 8, 1993 03:23 PM Thursday; Rod Welch

Received POIMS MS review from Sheila Samson.

1...Summary/Objective
...Response
...Management Software Supported by POIMS and SDS
...Response
...Response
........Book Scope


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Book (uses manual language)
POIMS definition, 930408
Explaining SDS, POIMS

0605 -
0605 -    ..
0606 - Summary/Objective
0607 -
060701 - Follow up ref SDS 11 0000
060702 -
060703 - Received ref DRT 1 from Sheila, per her EM ref DRP 6, received at ref
060704 - SDS 11 line 68.  She asks if POIMS is a product or
060706 -  ..
060707 - I need to submit answers to her questions.  Need to define the purpose
060708 - of the book, perhaps submit review of Covey and Cal Tech seminar.
060710 -  ..
0608 -
0609 -
0610 - Analysis
0611 -
061101 - Sheila sets out at ref DRT 1 line 35:
061102 -
061103 -      The actual POIMS concept needs to be clarified. I don't know if
061104 -      I'm missing something in reading or not, but I'm unsure as to
061105 -      what exactly POIMS is.
061106 -
061108 -    ..
061109 -   Response
061110 -
061111 -   POIMS is a "management" technology, like the automobile is a
061112 -   transportation technology, CPM is a planning technoloyg, CAD is a
061113 -   design technology, nuclear, solar, and wind mills are energy
061114 -   technologies.
061116 -    ..
061117 -   Examples of other management technologies are:
061118 -
061119 -             Management by Objectives (MBO)
061120 -             Total Quality Management (TQM)
061121 -             Project Management
061122 -             Modern Project Management (MPM)
061123 -             Matrix Management
061124 -             CPM (Critical Path Method)
061125 -             Cost/Schedule Control System Criteria (C/SCSC)
061127 -    ..
061128 -   Examples of other management software technology are:
061129 -
061130 -             PIM
061131 -             Workgroups
061132 -
061134 -    ..
061135 -   POIMS has vocabulary and unifying principles for technology to
061136 -   improve human potential to think, remember and communicate,
061137 -   ref OF 4 3742, in the manner that an automobile leverages human
061138 -   strengthe enabling people to travel farther, faster and carry
061139 -   heavier loads than innate capacities permits. ref OF 2 2D4M
061140 -
061142 -    ..
061143 -   Management Software Supported by POIMS and SDS
061144 -
061145 -   The need for a book to clarify and define POIMS is seen from
061146 -   discussion at McClellan AFB on Tuesday.
061148 -    ..
061149 -   An engineer working on a project the Air Force calls "The Paperless
061150 -   Office", explained how the project team video taped the base
061151 -   Commander to help design automated tools for executive management.
061152 -   The General was seen reading mail and marking it in the margins;
061153 -   talking on the phone, and meeting with aides, etc. ref SDS 10 LM39
061155 -    ..
061156 -   This approach seems incomplete.
061158 -    ..
061159 -   The contribution of an executive, including a commanding general,
061160 -   and the functions which require automated support cannot be captured
061161 -   in video, because they occur in the human mind, as set out in POIMS.
061162 -   ref OF 3 8774  Executives, Generals, and all of us need tools that
061163 -   help us think, remember and communicate.  The General needs a way to
061164 -   discover what he thinks about what he reads, hears, says and does,
061165 -   what he decides to do, and why.  He needs to be able to quickly
061166 -   capture his current view and compare it with prior views for
061167 -   consistency and nuance.  He needs prompting to consider related
061168 -   issues, and a means to quickly identify and organ- ize his thinking,
061169 -   relative to organizational objectives.  POIMS describes how
061170 -   automated integration meets these needs.
061171 -
061173 -  ..
061174 - Sheila asks at ref DRT 1 line 37:
061175 -
061176 -      Have you developed software for this, or is POIMS a system that
061177 -      you have developed to incorporate existing programs to their
061178 -      maximum potential?
061180 -    ..
061181 -   Response
061182 -
061183 -   I have created a software program called "SDS" that applies POIMS
061184 -   technology. ref OF 2 0001
061185 -
061187 -  ..
061188 - Sheila asks...
061189 -
061190 -      Are you planning to market POIMS as a series of seminars/training
061191 -      programs with accompanying manuals and workbooks, or do you
061192 -      prefer to compile it as a book, a sort of "how-to" manual?  The
061193 -      delivery method would determine the format and layout of the
061194 -      book(s).
061195 -
061197 -    ..
061198 -   Response
061199 -
061200 -   Seminars and so forth are possibilities, but first we have to care-
061201 -   fully and thoroughly define POIMS in the published liturature. The
061202 -   book will set out new things people can do that are possible only
061203 -   with computers, but which no one has thought of before, because
061204 -   generally people use computers to do the things that were possible
061205 -   in a manual world.  They are trying to automate only the things they
061206 -   could do without automation.
061208 -         ..
061209 -        Book Scope
061210 -
061211 -        This is discussed in part explaining POIMS at ref SDS 5 line
061212 -        90.
061213 -
061214 -        The book will briefly survey the history of the practice of
061215 -        management to show how evolution has created blinders to the
061216 -        possibilities computers offer for better performance.  It will
061217 -        consider Jeromy Campbell's work in "The Improbable Machine",
061218 -        showing how people are not "logical" by nature, but rather are
061219 -        "experience machines."  We mainly act by constantly rolling up
061220 -        our experience into simple summary perspectives in order to
061221 -        accomodate the inordinate detail our senses thrust upon us each
061222 -        moment of each day.
061223 -        ..
061224 -        From this we derive a theory of discrimination.
061226 -         ..
061227 -        Humans have developed "logic" as a convention to analyse and
061228 -        synthesize their experience (i.e. penetrate details of summary
061229 -        perspectives). "Ideas" result from such efforts, i.e. the
061230 -        process of breaking down (analysing) and synthesizing (building
061231 -        back) the details of our experience. This leads to the concept
061232 -        of intellectual capital as "knowledge" and "ideas."
061234 -         ..
061235 -        POIMS applies the power of human discrimination, through a
061236 -        principal of "controlled visibility."  It leverages human
061237 -        memory through automated thinking to improve poetry, and
061238 -        supports our "logic" through automated media for capturing
061239 -        experience and exploring our viewpoint, in concert with access
061240 -        to associated information through an organic subject structure
061241 -        and the discipline of time.
061243 -         ..
061244 -        The book will cover the biology of human memory, learning
061245 -        theory, human relations, management practices and automation.
061246 -
061248 -    ..
061249 -   If the book is done properly, there will likely be opportunities to
061250 -   speak on these ideas.
061251 -
061253 -  ..
0613 -
0614 -
0615 - Edits
0616 -
061601 - Discuss proposed edits, ref SDS 6 line 051201.
061602 -
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0617 -