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SDS Marketng, Sales, Demonstrations
0403 - ..
0404 - Summary/Objective
040501 - Followed up work at ref SDS 21 line 42, ref SDS 19 line 53,
040502 - 18 line 64, ref SDS 14 line 65, and ref DIP 1 line 29, and ref DIP 2
040503 - line 29, and discussion with Cheryl Leff at ref SDS 15 line 145.
040505 - Demonstrated SDS so Cheryl can place the material submitted on
040506 - communication metrics and POIMS technology in the context of project
040507 - management methods and tools. She has a good sense about positioning
040508 - technologies in the market place.
040510 - Should get memo from Cheryl explaining her views about these ideas,
040511 - and on writing a book.
0409 - Discussion
041001 - Communication Workshop
041003 - Introduced Bill and explained our meeting this morning on planning a
041004 - communication workshop, per ref SDS 24 line 79. Explained Rosanne
041005 - could not attend, per call from Mike Sykes, ref SDS 23 line 49.
041007 - Background Rosanne/Topflight
041009 - Reviewed my understanding of Topflight per ref SDS 13 line 93.
041011 - Cheryl mentioned that Rosanne marketed Artemis, which was at one
041012 - time owned by Lockheed. Cheryl feels Rosanne has strong sales
041013 - skills.
041015 - Lotus Notes, per ref SDS 18 line 83.
041017 - Cheryl said Topflight does not apply Lotus Notes in the way
041018 - SDS was used at PG&E. Topflight is a registered Microsoft
041019 - vendor and so concentrates on those tools. I gathered that
041020 - Topflight had a contract to do something with Lotus Notes,
041021 - but that evidently this is not a continuing undertaking.
041023 - Briefly reviewed our thinking on using the "Planning Theater" format
041024 - as both a training component of the workshop, and to elicit useful
041025 - input from attendees toward a larger conference on communication
041026 - at Asilomar in the summer.
041028 - Cheryl asked about "Planning Theater" methods, and so we looked
041029 - at the ideas presented at the July, 1990 Asilomar conference by
041030 - Russ Archibald and Bob Gillis, ref SDS 2 line 250.
041034 - SDS Demonstration
041036 - Showed how SDS applies the POIMS concept of "knowledge" as a web of
041037 - connected information. I opened the SDS record of discussions on May
041038 - 17 with Rosanne at ref SDS 21 line 77, and with Cheryl at ref SDS 20
041039 - line 119 to illustrate how investing in intellectual capital can pay
041040 - off by being applied as often as needed. In SDS it never wears out
041041 - and is always instantly available.
041043 - Showed how SDS organizes information by time, company, people,
041044 - subjects and objects (documents, files, correspondence).
041046 - We applied information from Diary records, correspondence,
041047 - publications (magazine articles, reports, books), to
041048 - demonstrate SDS versatility, speed and ease of use.
041050 - Cheryl asked me to do a report on a CPM schedule activity from
041051 - the PG&E CDWR project, which we examined for reference. Showed
041052 - how SDS is used to correlate work and understandings from all
041053 - sources to accomplish project objectives. This scenario is
041054 - also explained in the example I gave Cheryl to take for further
041055 - review, see ref OF 2 line 270:
041057 - Making Money: SDS & CPM
MPM & Communication Metrics
Modern Project Management, Integrate Cost,
060501 - SDS & MPM
060503 - Explained concept of Communication Metrics per ref SDS 11 line 66, and
060504 - need for a better MPM tool based on Joel Koppleman's presentation on
060505 - Primavera at PMI, ref SDS 14 line 331, where he reported automated
060506 - cost and schedule tools are not enough to ensure successful manage-
060507 - ment. Reviewed Kerzner PM video conference that resulted in identi-
060508 - fying the advantages of communication metrics relative to cost and
060509 - schedule metrics, ref SDS 8 line 244.
Farming model for Investing
070401 - Advantages of Investing (Farming Metaphor)
070403 - Discussed the solution to the common objection to SDS that managers
070404 - feel there is NOT ENOUGH TIME to invest intellectual capital, per ref
070405 - SDS 16 line 94.
070407 - Submitted the scenario, ref OF 2 line 695, which contains recent
070408 - discussions with Jane Hiller Carpenter at Wharton about lecturing
070409 - on Communication Metrics. We briefly considered the concept of
070410 - executive management as "nomadic hunter/gatherers," which tech-
070411 - nology is rendering obsolete, ref SDS 16 line 126, and at ref OF 2
070412 - line 770, submitted to Cheryl during the meeting.
070414 - Did not review Wayne Wetzel's comments (Deputy Director, DNRC) on
070415 - the role of human drives in cost/benefit considerations, ref SDS
070416 - 5 line 90, where executives hope they can simply show up and
070417 - "pull the trigger" rather than do the spade work contemplated by
070418 - SDS. This "hope" gives rise to the need for a communication
070419 - engineer, in the same way we need accountants, structural
070420 - engineers, chemists, lawyers, sweepers, truck drivers and so on.
Difficult to Explain SDS/POIMS
Difficult to Understand
Metrics, Discover and Fix Mistakes
150701 - Explaining SDS - Communication Metrics
150703 - I explained the challenge of EXPLAINING SDS, per discussion with Mark
150704 - Sackett at ref SDS 17 line 64. (I gave Cheryl a copy of that record
150705 - for reference - this illustrated how SDS records are popped to
150706 - produce perfectly formatted reports, simply by pressing a key; Cheryl
150707 - asked about suppressing the line numbers).
150709 - Bill DeHart who sat in on this meeting, noted how the details in SDS
150710 - more sharply focus the efforts of a diverse project team in the PG&E
150711 - mold, per ref SDS 6 line 110. He indicated that despite this history
150712 - SDS is hard to explain, ref SDS 7 line 106, and so this led to
150713 - "communication metrics" as an easier way for people to grasp what SDS
150714 - does and why it improves their work.
150716 - During lunch, Bill introduced Ron Swilling, who is still with
150717 - PG&E. Cheryl asked about the projects Ron manages. Ron gave an
150718 - overview of various project work he does. Bill asked about the
150719 - effect of recent "re-engineering" changes. Ron said the effects
150720 - have not fully taken hold yet, so much of their work methods and
150721 - management practice continue as before.
150723 - I mentioned situations where communications fail because critical
150724 - details are misunderstood (see example at ref SDS 3 line 80).
150725 - This leads to an "official position" that simply mushrooms over
150726 - time. Ron, Cheryl and Bill seemed to recognize these occurrances
150727 - as common to their management experience.
150729 - Communication Metrics is aimed at avoiding these maladies, also
150730 - referred as Murphy's Law, for the reasons at ref SDS 8 line 264.
150733 - Cheryl expressed uneasiness about using "communication metrics" to
150734 - describe SDS because "metrics" is often applied in relation to
150735 - "measuring" something numerically. She feels "understanding" is not
150736 - readily quantifiable in this manner.
150738 - Cheryl said SDS identifies accuracy. She said this is important, but
150739 - still different from measuring a quantity of "understanding," as
150740 - implied by "metrics."
150743 - Pending Studies
150745 - We considered briefly how writing stuff down "measures"
150746 - understanding. If you cannot write it down and "link" it up in
150747 - SDS, then you don't "understand" it. So testing or "debugging"
150748 - our understanding is a form of metric. Another metric is to
150749 - submit understandings to others who can give notice of perceived
150750 - errors. This is the court room cross-examination model. These
150751 - methods of measuring "understanding" (set out in the POIMS paper
150752 - at ref OF 1 line 411), are the best model under the current state
150753 - of the art.
150755 - Another perspective on this issue is a discussion with Morris
150756 - Jones at Chips & Tech on designing studies to show a quantifiable
150757 - improvement in management productivity and the ability to think,
150758 - remember and communicate, ref SDS 10 line 149.
150760 - Efforts are underway to develop measurements of improvements
150761 - in cognitive capability using SDS. This was discussed with
150762 - Cheryl at ref SDS 20 line 75.
150764 - Sandia Lab has turned down participation in studying this
150765 - phenomena, ref SDS 12 line 216; however, Dr. Ralph Holloway at
150766 - Columbia University has under consideration doing such a
150767 - study, ref SDS 22 line 97. We are pursuing other opportuni-
150768 - ties to develop support for the concept of "metrics."
150771 - At ref SDS 9 line 194 Morris and I considered how the complexity
150772 - of management communication does not lend itself to quantififica-
150773 - tion in the traditional sense of measuring performance of a
150774 - refrigerator, automobile or circuit board, but that this is no
150775 - excuse to avoid the critical need to formulate methodologies for
150776 - measuring management productivity, which gives rise to the idea
150777 - of "Communication Metrics."
150779 - [See later work by Tom Landauer that shows how metrics might
150780 - be applied to human "understanding." ref SDS 25 line 337.]
150783 - Cheryl requested a copy of the SDS Schematic.
150785 - I put this together from the Help screen, but it did not turn
150786 - out very well, so I will submit a better presentation.
150790 - Venture Capitalist, ref SDS 20 line 147.
150792 - Did not discuss this.
Relational & Hierarchial Design
Hierarchial Relational Design, SDS is
Integrate Time, Information, People,
Remembering (Linked Records - Traceability,
Traceability to Original Sources
Intelligence Incite Correlations
Innovation aided by Understanding
Artificial Intelligence, Decision Support
251201 - Advancing the Art of Automated Management
251203 - Cheryl noted that SDS provides both hierarchical and relational data
251204 - base features.
251206 - She asked about using automatic noticing of prospective links,
251207 - similar to emerging object oriented technology. We talked about the
251208 - possibility of a technology that would produce a list of likely links
251209 - from which the user would accept or reject, similar to a pull down
251210 - menu.
251212 - I briefly reviewed work on artificial intelligence, per ref SDS 4
251213 - line 95,, which seems to indicate getting a machine to anticipate
251214 - "understanding" and meaningful relationships is more complex than
251215 - hoped for by researchers/developers. I mentioned the work of
251216 - Jeremy Campbell, but did not review the analysis at ref SDS 1
251217 - line 54 and at ref SDS 1 line 122, on this point.
251219 - We reviewed this idea from the discussion with Axiom Management a
251220 - few weeks ago, ref SDS 16 line 102, which applies Campbell's
251221 - thesis.
251223 - After we looked at the SDS Subject Index, and Cheryl saw how it is
251224 - applied, she feels this listing of organizational objectives
251225 - applies the idea she has in mind. Bill DeHart noted that the
251226 - practice in SDS of linking current analysis with prior
251227 - understandings is another way SDS alerts the user of correlations
251228 - and implications that are not otherwise apparent.
251232 - During lunch we considered the evolution of SDS as an application of
251233 - speech recognition, using object oriented programming, and of course a
251234 - Windows interface.
251237 - Follow-up
251239 - I asked Cheryl to prepare a memo of her understandings for Rosanne.
251240 - She indicated SDS could be useful to her. I would be willing to
251241 - provide SDS to Cheryl at no charge in order to help her work with the
251242 - ideas discussed today.
251244 - Preparing an initial memo will help crystallize the ideas on function
251245 - and implementation, and indicate to Rosanne how SDS might fit into
251246 - Topflight's marketing strategy, which was my purpose in inviting
251247 - Rosanne to see SDS today. It will further show me how effective my
251248 - efforts were and what more needs to be done to improve "communica-
251249 - tion" about SDS. In other words, writing a memo about SDS is a first
251250 - step in applying Communication Metrics.