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Involvement and Detachment
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Involvement and Detachment

How detachment from your community blocks your success at leading innovations, and what to do about it.

Systems Abstractions
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Systems Abstractions

Computing professionals use powerful abstractions to tame complexity in large software systems and distributed networks.

Back of the Envelope
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Back of the Envelope

Back-of-the-envelope calculations are a powerful professional practice.

Science Is Not Another Opinion
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Science Is Not Another Opinion

The issue is not who has the "truth," but whose claims deserve more credence.

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.

The Beginner's Creed
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The Beginner's Creed

We all need to learn to be expert beginners.

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,...

Emergent Innovation
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Emergent Innovation

Fernando Flores, president of Chile's National Innovation Council for Competitiveness, discusses a new common sense about innovation.

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.

The Whole Professional
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The Whole Professional

A new book inspires a reflection on what it means to be a whole, competent, and effective professional — and may portend a wave of disruption in education.

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?

Avalanches Are Coming
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Avalanches Are Coming

Computing technology has generated conditions for radical transformations of jobs and professions — including education. How shall we cope?

'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.

The Science in Computer Science
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The Science in Computer Science

Computer science is in a period of renaissance as it rediscovers its science roots.

Moods, Wicked Problems, and Learning
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Moods, Wicked Problems, and Learning

Wicked problems and learning environments present tough mood challenges for leaders and teachers. Telepresence and sensory gadgets are unlikely to replace physical...
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