AI engineering part 2: data versioning and dependency management

In my last column, I presented our research agenda for AI engineering. This time, we’re going to focus on one of the topics on that agenda, ie data versioning and dependency management. Even though the big data era has been with us for over a decade now, many of the companies that we work with … Read moreAI engineering part 2: data versioning and dependency management

AI engineering: making AI real

Few technologies create a level of hype, excitement and fear these days as artificial intelligence (AI). The uninitiated believe that general AI is around the corner and worry that Skynet will take over soon. Even among those that understand the technology, there’s amazement and excitement about the things we’re able to do now and lots … Read moreAI engineering: making AI real

Focus on outcomes for cross-functional teams

With the vast majority of white-collar staff in companies currently working from home, the normal ways of managing people are disrupted quite fundamentally. Working closely with people in such a way that you can tell them what to do is much more difficult when you’re not physically in the same place. Similarly, many organizations rely … Read moreFocus on outcomes for cross-functional teams

Why you don’t define desired outcome

During multiple meetings this week (online, obviously), the same challenge came up: companies and their customers are extremely poor at precisely defining what the desired outcome is that they’re looking to accomplish. At first blush, every person that I meet claims to know exactly what he or she is looking to achieve, but when push … Read moreWhy you don’t define desired outcome

Combining innovation and operation

One of the well-known struggles of every company I work with is to combine innovation with efficiency-oriented operations. This is the classic problem of ambidexterity: the company needs to deliver on today’s revenue and margins while securing its future. The problem is not that companies aren’t aware of the challenge but that they lack the … Read moreCombining innovation and operation

Are you building a minimal viable elephant?

As part of the research in Software Center, I work with dozens of companies in the software-intensive embedded systems space on a variety of topics. One of these topics is the development of new products. Having worked with online companies, as well as startups, I’ve become indoctrinated with Steve Blank’s ideas and the “lean startup” … Read moreAre you building a minimal viable elephant?