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Month: May 2014 (page 1 of 2)

Aleatory and Epistemic Risk – a brief intro

This post is based on things I learned from, or began researching due to, a talk by Troy Magennis at LKNA ’14.

I had never thought deeply enough about risk to really differentiate between types. Since LKNA ’14, I have learned about aleatory and epistemic risk. 

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Scaling without scaling

Doing more without getting more

I work for a corporate IT department as a development manager. We are a company that grew fast, kept up with some things and are seriously behind on others and, of course, have way more requested of us than even 2 departments of our size could complete. No one can endlessly hire new people so what do we do?

Well, if I had the magic bullet answer, this would be a book instead of a blog post and my house would be a nice mansion with a water view instead of a rental house 🙂 However, I think there are a set of concepts we need to bring into departments like mine.

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The key to innovation

Man holding a big antique key in his hand. Very short depth-of-field.

To steal a question from Chris Shinkle’s session at LKNA ’14, how many of us today would have discovered penicillin in our fast-paced, no-time-to-spare, unsafe to fail world?

Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928 by accident when he returned from holiday and found a messy hospital lab waiting for him. Upon inspection of some petri dishes containing Staphylococcus aureus, he found that they had been infiltrated by  a previously identified mold named Penicillium notatum. Upon closer inspection, he found that this mold had halted the growth of the Staph bacteria. 

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