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  • Habits - When the ideas have reached the level of habits you have changed. How do I change things so people adopt good habits? You have to find strategies that effectively move people to adopt those habits.
  • House Votes to Restore Partial Estate Tax on the Very Richest: Over $7 Million - some still think asking the kids of the super rich to part with some of their inheritance is too much to ask. I wish they would learn about economics. It is not capitalist to reward being born in the right house with more cash than than most will every earn working 40 plus years (a 50% inheritance tax on the super rich is less than it should be - and it shouldn't be just the super rich that pay inheritance tax).
  • Interactions and Data Analysis - Multivariate testing is great. And it a great way to determine interactive factors - which are essentially not possible to determine with one variable at a time testing (though a smart person can see indications within this type to view them).
  • NY State Raises Pension Age to Save $48 Billion - Raising the retirement age from 55 to 62 (for new workers) is something that should have been done decades ago. 62 is too young for a full retirement age. Economically such a low age is not supported by the current retirement saving.
  • Dollar Decline Due to Total Debt not Government Debt - Japan has by far the highest level of government debt in the OECD. The Yen is not collapsing. The lack of saving (USA consuming more than it produces) seems the biggest problem to me.
  • Making Better Decisions - The best strategy to learn from decisions is to: predict the results of your decisions, write down those predictions, analyze the results, then adjust future predictions and decisions based on what you learn
  • Dollar Decline Due to Total Debt not Government Debt - Japan has by far the highest level of government debt in the OECD. The Yen is not collapsing. The lack of saving (USA consuming more than it produces) seems the biggest problem to me.
  • Making Better Decisions - The best strategy to learn from decisions is to: predict the results of your decisions, write down those predictions, analyze the results, then adjust future predictions and decisions based on what you learn
  • Learn Lean by Doing Lean - If you actually let the lean leaders practice lean management you are probably doing more to help them learn than anything else. Reading is great, but 10 times better when reading to find solutions you need to deal with issues you have in place
  • Highlights from Recent George Box Speech - Statistics for Experimenters: Design, Innovation, and Discovery shows that the goal of design of experiments is to learn and refine your experiment based on the knowledge you gain and experiment again. It is a process of discovery.
  • A financial transactions tax would be a good way to pay off wall street welfare debt
  • There is no true value of anything: data has meaning based on the operational definition used to calculate the data.
  • Russell L. Ackoff: 1919-2009 - He understood to create effective management structures the human element must be at the heart of the system. He firmly believed in respect for people and his management ideas built on providing the opportunity for people to flourish...
  • Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard Using Wii Remote - Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays...
  • USA Heath Care System Needs Reform - 1) It is bankrupting the government 2) It is severely handicapping business 3) It is bankrupting individuals 4) It is hampering economic freedom due to the model that ties health care to employment...
  • Why the Dollar is Falling - The government can runs deficits if the citizen's finance that debt with savings: and still maintain a sound currency. But the recent period, given the macro-economic conditions, don't justify the value of the dollar. It should have fallen much further a long time ago...
  • Managing to Test Result Instead of Customer Value - if people have incentives to improve the measured number they often will do just that (improving the measure) rather than improving the system...
  • Data on the Largest Manufacturing Countries in 2008 - The USA's share of the manufacturing output from the largest manufacturing countries: 28% in 1990, 32% in 2000, 28% in 2005, 28% in 2006, 26% in 2007 and 24% in 2008. China's share has grown from 4% in 1990, 6% in 1995, 10% in 2000, 13% in 2005 to 18% in 2008.
  • Learning Design of Experiments with Paper Helicopters - George Box wrote a great paper on teaching engineers experimental design that can be used to learn principles of experimental design, including - conditions for validity of experimentation, randomization, blocking, the use of factorial and fractional factorial designs and the management of experimentation...
  • Test it Out, Experiment by They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants have issued a great new CD/DVD Here Comes Science, here is a webcast of one song on experimenting.

   

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