Boeing 737 Max: a minimum viable product?

I suspect the agile paradigm has taken over the aircraft industry, or at least in Boeing and the FAA.   The MCAS was a sprint for the 737 Max, and the 737 Max was a sprint to incorporate the new engine.    There was a lot of engineering and testing in these sprints: these sprints took a long time.   However, the fundamental thinking changed from a requirements-first approach to an agile approach that seeks to fail quickly.

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Persuasion scoring of populations

In this increasingly globalized world, we confront the question of how well groups may govern themselves optimally not only to survive within their local context but also keep up with the standards of the global norms.   The goal is for self government but that government should thrive at a comparable level to the global norm.  What is that measurement that will determine a group’s success at self-governing?

Saturation employment follows automation

Dedomenology has a saturation aspect, requiring very long periods of work stretching over many days regardless of the concepts of standard working hours such as a 40 hour workweek.    When something needs to be tackled, it will employ the dedomenologist continuously until there is some level of completion.  There will be an endless stream of assignments that someone will need to dive into the depths of the data ocean and staying there for a long time until the assignment is over. 

Assigning names to personality traits

One of the advantages of machine intelligence over human intelligence is that machines are not driven toward poetry.   To me, poetry captures the scientific appreciation for the simplest explanations with the fewest number of terms.   Humans are innately poets by nature, and even the objectivity of science can not escape the human delight in well-crafted poetry, or human disdain for inelegance in descriptions. 

Open Secrets: data with strings attached

These cases are often described as open-secrets.   Many people in the community are aware of the information about individual cases and about the pattern of behavior, but there has been some kind of understanding that the past events are resolved in some acceptable terms, and that ongoing behavior is restrained by certain conditions.   The oxymoron of open-secrets can be resolved by defining the open-part as being observed data, while the secret-part is restraints on how this data may be used in future decision making.

Dedomenocracy’s nemesis: the innovative criminal

Even including super-intelligent machines into the concept of dedomenocracy, there will remain the present-day complaint that the government needs to get lucky every day but the criminal human needs to get lucky only once. This problem will remain long after we replace democracy with dedomenocracy. The most dangerous criminal is the non-criminal who immediately acts on his newly discovered hypothesis. Even superhuman intelligent dedomenocracy may not be able to discover this hypothesis first.

Happiness battleground: an agile world of chained sprints versus a determined world of free spirits

Instead of assigning teams of excellence certain sprints to build minimally viable products, we could be employing individuals to freely explore the issue with independent determination. This determination and independence is characteristic of following the muses where the muses will lead a path into areas of incompetence or uncertain capabilities. The muses will lead to discoveries that we can not anticipate. It is those discoveries that offer the promise to solve the big problems we face not only within government but also in business. These discoveries are the antithesis of the minimally viable product that can be selected in advance. Pursuit of discovery (or following the muses) means we can’t anticipate the results. The results may involve new skills we did not bring to the project. The results may involve something incompatible with any existing team of excellence.