image of hand over black background with word links on hand - 5 links for may 28, 2014

This week’s links come from an array of sources on an array of topics. Mostly, they illustrate the vastness of the terrain that HRTechnology embraces.

  • We Know How You Feel
    The elements of a revolution in HR are evolving outside of the discipline’s purview.This New Yorker article talks about the emerging tools that can read human emotion. It turns out that AI is a blunt instrument in the absence of emotions data. This one’s about the use of facial analysis to make inferences about human responses.
  • The Slide Chooser
    Here’s a useful tool for deciding which kind of slide to use to make your point. It comes from the same people who provided the Chart Chooser.
  • California’s Rebound: Mostly Slow, Unsteady
    Great little piece that reminds us that the depression isn’t really over yet, even in California where it can feel like the boom times are back.”The Sacramento region, for example, remains down 32,000 jobs from 2007 levels; most other Central Valley communities, with the exception of oil-fired Bakersfield, remain stuck at or below their 2007 levels. The Inland Empire may be improving, but remains down 30,000 jobs. Other blue-collar economies, such as Oakland, just across the Bay from booming San Francisco, remains 9,000 jobs below its 2007 level. Los Angeles County, historically the linchpin of the state economy, is down 44,000 jobs.”
  • The Myth of Epiphany
    Scott Berkun takes the ‘flash of insight’ model of innovation to task. “One way to think about the experience of epiphany is that it’s the moment when all of the pieces fall into place. But this does not require that the last piece has any particular significance (the last piece might be the hardest, but it doesn’t have to be). Whichever piece of the puzzle is sorted out last becomes the epiphany piece and brings the satisfying epiphany experience. However the last piece isn’t necessarily more magical than the others, and has no magic without its connection to the other pieces. It feels magical for psychological reasons, fueling the legend and myths about where the insight happened and why it was at that particular moment and not another.”
  • The DevOps Identity Crisis
    DevOps “is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration (information sharing and web service usage), integration, automation and measurement between software developers and Information Technology (IT) professionals….The specific goals of a DevOps approach span the entire delivery pipeline, they include improved deployment frequency, which can lead to faster time to market, lower failure rate of new releases, shortened lead time between fixes, and faster mean time to recovery in the event of a new release crashing or otherwise disabling the current system. Simple processes become increasingly programmable and dynamic, using a DevOps approach, which aims to maximize the predictability, efficiency, security, and maintainability of operational processes. Very often, automation supports this objective. “If that wasn’t too heady for you, read the article. DevOps is a cliqueish follow on to Agile Software Development. One could be excused for thinking that the consequence of being in high demand is a level of hubris and excess that defies imagining.

    Or, these guys are really onto something.

  • What I Learned From Jane Jacobs on my Summer Vacation
    Jane Jacobs is required reading for anyone presuming to talk about community. This article summarizes bits of her most famous work, The Life and Death of Great American Cities.
    “Lively public space creates opportunities for social contact without commitment. Share a smile. Pay for someone’s coffee. Flip someone off. You’ll never see them again. No friction, no repetition, no expectation. These anonymous collisions may seem trivial, but they aren’t. They are continual reminders that we are all human. They often reinforce civility and empathy. They allow us to be kind, and generous, a bit wild even, without consequence. In places where there is healthy social contact among strangers, people help each other out. They intervene when a stranger is in trouble. They hold open a door. They care–because they only have to care for a minute. If social life ranges from “being alone” to “being together,” public social contact exists in the middle. When we lose the public space that facilitates it–active sidewalks and thoroughfares–we lose the simplicity of anonymous collisions.”

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