2014

Deep learning for… Go

Erik Bernhardsson

This is the last post about deep learning for chess/go/whatever. But this really cool paper by Christopher Clark and Amos Storkey was forwarded to me by Michael Eickenberg. It’s about using convolutional neural networks to play Go. The authors of the paper do a much better job than I would ever have done of modeling move prediction in Go and show that their model beat certain Go engines.

It’s At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don’t Put Off The Hard Stuff

Terry Starbucker

Remember yellow legal note pads? I used to have them with me constantly, before modern technology banished them to the desk drawer in favor of laptops, iPads and smartphones ( And yes, that officially qualifies me as a dinosaur).

Cyber Strategy and the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Could some policymakers be too unskilled to recognize their ineptitude?

CTOvision

By Bob Gourley. The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering from illusory superiority , mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate.

Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

Next Level Blog

Delivering his monologue after the midterm elections last week, David Letterman was talking about President Obama’s low approval ratings and landed a great line: “Take a look at this: gas under $3 a gallon – under $3 a gallon. Unemployment under 6%, whoever thought?

Add Value with a Dashboard Refresh: What You Need to Know

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Dashboards and analytics can really set your application apart, but that doesn't mean you can implement them and forget about them. Are they adding value to your product? Do your users benefit from them anymore? What should be improved, and what do we have the resources to improve? Join Miles Robinson, former UX and Design Manager, as he explains the different ways to refresh your dashboards - and how to determine what's the best path to product dashboard success. You'll leave with an understanding of how to figure out the best next steps specifically for you and your application.

Digital TMI: The Killer of Your Second First Impression

Mills Scofield

This is a guest post by Mark Babbitt, who I just spent 3 days with at #BIF10 , who also founded YouTern , one of THE best sites for career info. Read, enjoy and apply!!!! And get his book (with Ted Coiné ) " A World Gone Social ". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. You are a Social Age job seeker.

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Freelancers – Why Coworking Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

Survive Your Promotion

Imagine for a minute that you’re a freelancer (it’s not hard for those of us who live it every day). You’ve just gotten a call from a potential client who is based in another city. They are here for a few days and want to meet up to see your sales pitch. They ask to meet at your office.

Why Our Employees Asked Us To Stop Giving Away Cars

Strategy Driven

Easy-to-implement ideas to improve your corporate culture and drive employee engagement. We gave a new car away to our employees every other month, six cars in total, to keep the motivation and excitement up among our best performing sales agents.

Execute a Plan Vs. Execute With Agiliy

Utpal Writes

Do you love plans? Do you consider them as blueprint of your execution? Do you think that the more perfect your plan, better your chances of success?

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What Coaching Leaders Do Differently

Nathan Magnuson

The term “coaching” has been trending as a corporate buzzword for some time now. We’re all familiar with athletics coaches. But when someone advises us to find a coach to learn a new skill or solve problem, it’s usually in a professional context.

The Complete Predictive Analytics Lifecycle for Application Teams

Speaker: Sriram Parthasarathy, Senior Director of Predictive Analytics, Logi Analytics

Applications with predictive analytics are able to deliver massive value to end users. But what steps should product managers take to add predictive analytics to their applications? In this webinar, we’ll walk through an end-to-end lifecycle of embedding predictive analytics inside an application. Find out how a real-world application decided what predictive questions to ask, sourced the right data, organized resources, built models, deployed predictive analytics in production, and monitored model performance over time.

Flafka: Apache Flume Meets Apache Kafka for Event Processing

Cloudera Engineering

The new integration between Flume and Kafka offers sub-second-latency event processing without the need for dedicated infrastructure. In this previous post you learned some Apache Kafka basics and explored a scenario for using Kafka in an online application.

Deep learning for… chess

Erik Bernhardsson

I’ve been meaning to learn Theano for a while and I’ve also wanted to build a chess AI at some point. So why not combine the two? That’s what I thought, and I ended up spending way too much time on it. I actually built most of this back in September but not until Thanksgiving did I have the time to write a blog post about it. What’s the theory? Chess is a game with a finite number of states, meaning if you had infinite computing capacity, you could actually solve chess.

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Assembly Required: 12 Steps To Building A Leadership Juggernaut

Terry Starbucker

Once it was built, great progress became inevitable as tomorrow. Once all the pieces were in their right place, it became a leadership juggernaut destined for success. And it was a wonderful ride.

Al-Qaeda Innovations Correlated To Unauthorized Disclosures By Snowden: Independent Verification Through Open Source Intelligence

CTOvision

By Bob Gourley. Students of history know what happens when adversaries learn how the good guys collect intelligence on them. They change their tactics, techniques or procedures and it gets much harder to know their intentions.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Three of the Most Common Delegation Ah-ha’s

Next Level Blog

One of the biggest shifts that most rising leaders have to make is the shift from being the go-to person to someone who builds teams of go-to people.

#Whatif We Valued Trying?

Mills Scofield

We humans love to divide the world: yes, no; either, or; black, white; true, false; winners, losers; successes, Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder Huffington Post (designed by behappy.me) failures. Yet little in life is really that nice and tidy, despite how much we want it to be.

A Declaration for Your Wall

Steve Farber

A declaration is a powerful thing. By making a declaration, you not only announce something, you proclaim it to be a true and accurate representation of who you are and what you believe in. You make a vow to anyone who reads or listens that you will abide by and live up to the words.

CIOs Need To Plan For The End Of A Cloud Relationship

The Accidental Successful CIO

Even cloud relationships have to come to an end sometime – are you ready? Image Credit. Since the cloud is a new and shiny thing in the world of IT departments, we are all excited about it because it now has a lot to do with the importance of information technology.

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5 Key Considerations for Top-Notch Product Dashboards

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

So you want to set your product apart with the latest analytics, but you’re not sure where to start. How do you know what your customers want? And how can you make sure that you’re solving their problems? And wait a second, is it even feasible for your team to take this on right now? Join Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, as he covers five key considerations for you to keep in mind when you’re updating your software or app to offer the latest in embedded dashboards. You’ll leave with a better understanding of where to begin on creating actionable, insightful dashboards.

Communication Skills Can Increase Your Leadership Credibility

Strategy Driven

In today’s global marketplace, leaders must possess strong communication skills. The sound of someone’s voice matters twice as much as the content of his or her message, according to recent findings as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Reading Books Vs. Collecting Books

Utpal Writes

I used to do it wrong. I was investing my energy in collecting books rather than in making something remarkable out of reading them. It was so dumb. And, I thought I was smart: I knew how to acquire the gems from which I’ll learn one day.

How to Ask Great Questions

Nathan Magnuson

What if I told you you don’t need to have a great solution for every single problem that comes your way in order to be a competent and mature leader? Well that’s exactly what I’m about to propose. Hopefully it’s as refreshing to you as it is to me.

Listening Enough is Caring Enough: 11 Gentle Reminders

QAspire

We are living in a world of attention deficit where no one has the time to listen. From what I have observed, organizations suffer from a listening crisis. Everyone has the answers and everybody wants to tell their story. No one is patient enough to sit back, ask questions and then really listen.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

How to build up a data team (everything I ever learned about recruiting)

Erik Bernhardsson

During my time at Spotify, I’ve reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of people. Lots of them were rejected but lots of them also got offers. Finally, I’ve also had my share of offers rejected by the candidate. Recruiting is one of those things where the Dunning-Kruger effect is the most pronounced: the more you do it, the more you realize how bad you are at it. Every time I look back a year, I realize 10 things I did wrong.

The Leadership Equation: 7 Keys To An Awesome Team

Terry Starbucker

Sometimes it all boils down to math. Even for something as inherently “unmathmatical” as great leadership of an awesome team.

The Visual Microphone: Passive Recovery of Sound from Video

CTOvision

By Bob Gourley. This post deals with exciting science that is fun to watch. But it is also a topic which will have significant implications for security professionals and perhaps also for law enforcement and other mission domains.

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Mindful Mondays: A Bunch of Yogis Just Won the Super Bowl

Next Level Blog

For the first time in a long time, the Super Bowl was blowout. The Seattle Seahawks best defense in the NFL totally shut down the Denver Broncos league best offense in a 43 - 8 rout.

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UX and Design Tips for Better Dashboards: Product Manager Laura Klein Explains How to Improve Your Analytics

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

No one makes poorly designed products on purpose. And yet we have so many of them in our lives. That's why Laura Klein, product manager and UX designer, has a set of tips to help application teams improve their embedded dashboards and reports.

15 Hours: A Common Sense Action Blueprint for Congress

Mills Scofield

What if our youth started to take government back? Well, it''s happening. Sam Gilman and Andrew Kaplan , college juniors started Common Sense Action in 2012 with one chapter. Now they have over 20 chapters in 15 states with AGE, The Agenda for Generational Equity to get their voice impacting policy.

A New Standard for Public Service?

Steve Farber

John Morgan , the founder of The Chinook Institute for Civil Leadership , is, at his core, a civil servant. An urban planner, to be precise.

CIOs Need To Start To Create The New Face Of IT

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs need to prepare for the day that traditional IT comes to the end of the line Image Credit. The era of IT as we’ve come to know it is coming to an end. The IT department functions that have gotten us this far are now coming to an end.

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