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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.

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.

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.

Fifty Years of Operating Systems
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Fifty Years of Operating Systems

A recent celebration of 50 years of operating system research yields lessons for all professionals in designing offers for their clients.

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.

'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.

Moods
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Moods

Recognizing and working with moods — your own, your team's, and your customers' — is essential to professional success.

The Idea Idea
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The Idea Idea

What if practices rather than ideas are the main source of innovation?

Managing Time, Part 2
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Managing Time, Part 2

Masterful time management means not just tracking of messages in your personal environment, but managing your coordination network with others.

Who Are We - Now?
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Who Are We - Now?

Considerable progress has been made toward the formation of a computing profession since we started tracking it in this column a decade ago.

The Long Quest For -Universal Information Access
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The Long Quest For -Universal Information Access

Digital object repositories are on the cusp of resolving the long-standing problem of universal information access in the Internet.

Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks
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Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks

Learning to build virtual teams of people of diverse backgrounds is an urgent challenge.

Computing's Paradigm
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Computing's Paradigm

Trying to categorize computing as engineering, science, or math is fruitless; we have our own paradigm.

Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science
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Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science

Computing is as fundamental as the physical, life, and social sciences.
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