Doug Engelbart @ Computer History Museum — 12/9/2018


Doug Engelbart “discovered” the foundations of interactive computing @ Stanford Research Institute and presented them to the world on 12/9/1968 in “the mother of all demos”.

This event at the Computer History Museum to recognize the 50th anniversary of “the demo” drew tech luminaries such as Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, Ted Nelson, and Andy van Dam.

It revives memories of collaborating with Doug at Stanford Research Institute circa 1990.

We were collaborating around social computing — a derivative of interactive computing / knowledge architecture and the predecessor of modern social media. I was at Stanford Research Institute; Doug had founded The Bootstrap Alliance — the predecessor of the Doug Engelbart Institute.

The focus of the alliance / the institute — then and now — was to improve our ways of improving in order to accelerate human / social capabilities. Like Doug — rather meta. This reference identifies Doug’s systematic approach to problem-solving — “an augmentation system for augmenting system development”. In other words — a virtuous cycle / a “flywheel effect”; a precursor of continuous improvement philosophies like lean manufacturing and agile development.

An important distinction that this description indicates: the philosophy and innovation system that Doug’s team used vs. the specific artifacts of their disruptive process. As this story describes — Doug didn’t “invent” interactive computing… he “discovered” it. He discovered it… systematically.

Another important distinction that this reference indicates: the focus on augmenting human intellect / harnessing collective intelligence that drove Doug’s team vs. the physical manifestation of technology.

Doug and his team were practicing “human-centric design” / design thinking — and reaping its benefits — long before those terms were trendy. The typical focus (then and now) tends toward the physical artifacts vs. the cognitive / social drivers; it tends toward random creativity / innovation vs. a systematic approach… rigorous intellectual process / mental discipline (especially at early stage).

I reference “the demo” and Doug’s systematic approach in this overview of systematic innovation and I relate it to Innovation Radiation — my particular approach to systematic innovation.

I earned an endorsement from Doug Engelbart forĀ Adaptive Avenue — a patented invention in the Web architecture / user experience domain.

The Innovation System of Doug Engelbart

The ABCs of Organizational Improvement @ Forbes

Engelbart on Improving Improvement @ Service Science

Engelbart “Idea Bomb”

Vannevar Bush / “As We May Think”

The Augmented Knowledge Workshop

The Mother of All Demos @ YouTube

The Mother of All Demos @ Wikipedia

Systematic Innovation @ Business Architecture — 12/6/2018

Dynamic Strategy, Dynamic Structure: A Systematic Approach To Business Architecture

Volatile business environments require dynamic strategy. While conventional approaches to business architecture tend to perpetuate a static mindset, the discipline offers various leverage points for a more dynamic approach. This session will identify some leverage points, provide some design patterns for advancing the practice, and expose indications that the transformation is already in motion.

Twin Cities Business Architecture Forum – 12/6/2018

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