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Avalanches Make Us All Innovators
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Avalanches Make Us All Innovators

Avalanches generate enormous breakdowns. The practices of innovation adoption may be just what you need to resolve them.

Technology Adoption
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Technology Adoption

The S-shaped curve of technology adoption is a welcome recurrence in an otherwise chaotic adoption world.

Uncertainty
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Uncertainty

Considering how to best navigate stability and randomness.

An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency
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An Interview with David Brin on Resiliency

Many risks of catastrophic failures of critical infrastructures can be significantly reduced by relatively simple measures to increase resiliency.

Navigating with Accelerating Technology Change
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Navigating with Accelerating Technology Change

Mathematical tools such as S-curves locate inflection points in technology-accelerated social spaces; where we move next depends on our navigational skills.

The Computing Profession
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The Computing Profession

Taking stock of progress toward a computing profession since this column started in 2001.

The Forgotten Engineer
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The Forgotten Engineer

Engineering has been marginalized by the unhealthy belief that engineering is the application of science.

Multitasking Without Thrashing
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Multitasking Without Thrashing

Lessons from operating systems teach how to do multitasking without thrashing.

The Beginner's Creed
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The Beginner's Creed

We all need to learn to be expert beginners.

Misconceptions About Computer Science
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Misconceptions About Computer Science

Common misconceptions about computer science hinder professional growth and harm the identity of computing.

Learning to Learn
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Learning to Learn

Do you get stuck when it is time to learn something new? Read this.

Software Quality
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Software Quality

Software users are looking more and more for software that delights.

Why Our Theories of Innovation Fail Us
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Why Our Theories of Innovation Fail Us

Until we moderate our fascination with creating ideas, we will not achieve the rate of innovations we seek.

Automated Education and the Professional
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Automated Education and the Professional

Technology boffins argue the new technologies of intelligent personal learning environments will put universities out of business. Will the purported successor,...

A Technician Shortage
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A Technician Shortage

In our elation about rising CS enrollments, we are overlooking a growing shortage of computing technicians. Our education system is not responding to this need.

Learning For the New Digital Age
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Learning For the New Digital Age

Digital machines are automating knowledge work at an accelerating pace. How shall we learn and stay relevant?

'Surfing Toward the Future'
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'Surfing Toward the Future'

A new report from Chile about improving economic competitiveness advances a novel interpretation of innovation. Timing is everything.

Design Thinking
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Design Thinking

Design thinking is the newest fashion for finding better solutions to problems. Combining it with computational thinking offers some real possibilities for improving...

The Other Side of Language
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The Other Side of Language

The conversation for action gives a framework for completing professional actions effectively.

Thumb Numbers
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Thumb Numbers

Rules of thumb stated as numerical rules are enticing, but many are folk theorems that may not apply in your critical situation.
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