28 days ago

Uber Mathematics 4

As I have previously noted, drawing on research by Izabella Kaminski and others, there is something seriously problematic about the current business model of rideshare platforms such as Uber and Lyft. It seems that the only route to profitability is vi…

2 months, 18 days ago

Data as pictures?

Many people believe that data should provide a faithful representation or picture of the real world. While this is often a helpful simplification, it can sometimes mislead.Firstly, the picture theory isn’t very good at handling probability and uncertai…

4 months, 7 days ago

Rolling Review

I have long argued for the benefits of an outside-in view of business architecture. In 2008-9, Tony Bidgood and I developed a worked example based on the fictional delivery company Springfield Parcels, to illustrate a range of different business improv…

6 months, 19 days ago

Near Miss

A serious aviation incident in the news today. A plane took off from Birmingham last year with insufficient fuel, because the weight of the passengers was incorrectly estimated. This is being described as an IT error.As Cathy O’Neil’s maxim reminds us,…