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2008.11.10

Robert Kaplan on Strategy Execution

Today I attended a presentation by Robert S. Kaplan, a Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School, on using strategy maps and balanced scorecards in a strategy execution system. Dr. Kaplan managed to distill 15 years of research and its application by the world's leading companies into a fascinating 90 minute talk. These are my notes.

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2008.11.07

The Value of Computing Paradigm Diversity

Today I wrote a combinatorial optimization algorithm to match members of pair programming teams according to the psychological traits of each pair's members. The program appeared to rearrange the initial random allocation of pairs in a way that might match my specifications. However, as I'll use this allocation for an experiment that I'll be able to perform only once, I realized that I wanted to carefully verify the results. How does one verify the operation of such a program?

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