When the advance of human augmentation reaches a certain point, we’re going to have to start figuring out the new work and how to pay people whose work is mostly done by machine.
Berkun decided if he was going to keep writing and speaking about work and management, he needed to to go back to a company and manage people working, but Wordpress didn’t have hierarchies, or departments, or managers.
Big Data is as hard to imagine as the web was 20 years ago. Big Data is driven by smart tools, cloud architectures, cheap processing, cheap storage, greater access to statistics and information, and the search for new ways to gain productivity.
If you’re not familiar with the data integration issue, it’s not really surprising. Problems like these are highly technical and very, very boring. The market pays attention to shiny new things. Grungy maintenance work isn’t shiny or new.
HR sticks to the story of the value of intangibles like a mobster hangs on to an alibi. It’s not hard to believe that people are the heart of the business. It’s been painfully hard to quantify it.