Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions


“I want to show there’s an alternative to marketing, which is actually design,” says Engman.

“And if you work with design and communications in the right way, that would be the best kind of marketing, without buying media.”

Source: Ikea’s Marcus Engman founds design agency Skewed Productions

Taking Touch Technology to the Next Level | EE Times


From touch to voice and gesture controls, there is no end in sight of the evolution of human-machine interfaces. Time and time again, it is a new user interface — whatever it might be — that has proven crucial in influencing consumer purchases.

There is no better example than Apple’s iPhone. Apple altered the competitive landscape of the mobile market by launching iPhones equipped with an innovative touchscreen that covers the entire surface of the device. Consumers ate it up.

Boréas Technologies, a 12-member startup based in Québec, is positioning itself to push touch tech a few steps further.

What if consumers could feel a localized high-definition (HD) sensation — vibration in smaller volume — simply by touching a small select area of the device?

Source: Taking Touch Technology to the Next Level | EE Times

5 Stages of an IoT Deployment | EE Times

An IoT deployment is a process. Unless a business undertakes and completes each part of the process, the deployment will be rich with problems as well as data.

It begins with planning that has little to do with the technology of the IoT and everything to do with what the business is trying to achieve.

Unless the management team are united and have a clear understanding of what it intends to deliver the whole project is doomed to get off to a slow start and an unsatisfactory finish.

Source: 5 Stages of an IoT Deployment | EE Times

As bombers and supersonic transports near the runway, aerospace hiring heats up


Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. have Facebook or Twitter accounts tailored specifically for recruiting. A Northrop Grumman billboard towers over a major El Segundo thoroughfare, promoting careers at the company.

The increased U.S. defense budget, record orders for commercial aircraft and the launch of new, cutting-edge programs have aerospace and defense companies scrambling to hire engineers and other skilled workers. They’re especially interested in those with experience in software, artificial intelligence and autonomy — pitting them against tech companies for the same pool of workers.

Source: As bombers and supersonic transports near the runway, aerospace hiring heats up

Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last—Agreeable People More Likely to Be Broke

The team set out to build on previous evidence which showed those who are agreeable are more likely to have lower credit scores and incomes.

So the researchers posed a question: Would agreeableness make a person more vulnerable to being being broke, and what are the psychological mechanisms underlying this potential relationship?

“Across all these different methodologies we find that agreeableness is associated with various indicators of financial hardship including lower savings, higher debt and higher default rates,” said Dr. Joe Gladstone, Assistant Professor at the School of Management, UCL, U.K.

Source: Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last—Agreeable People More Likely to Be Broke

EU regions scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries


An interregional partnership will receive tailored support from the European Commission to develop and scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries, under the smart specialisation pilot action for interregional innovation, the EC said on October 8.

Slovenia is leading an effort alongside Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Nouvelle Aquitaine in France, the Spanish regions of Andalucía, Castilla y León, and the Basque Country, as well as Lombardy in Northern Italy, the Commission said.

Source: EU regions scale-up joint projects in advanced materials for batteries

How employers have gamified work for maximum profit | Aeon Essays


The workers were protected by union contracts that guaranteed a living wage and affordable healthcare, and many had worked decades at the company. They were mostly happy to work for Disney.

This changed in 2008. The union contracts were up, and Disney wouldn’t renew without adjustments. One of the changes involved how management tracked worker productivity. Before, employees would track how many sheets or towels or comforters the workers washed, dried or folded on paper notes turned in at the end of the day.

But Disney was replacing that system with an electronic tracking system that monitored their progress in real time.

Source: How employers have gamified work for maximum profit | Aeon Essays

In Praise Of Matrix Organizations


The framework for What It Takes To Accelerate Through A Strategic Inflection Point is laid out in that earlier article.

The main point is that you must align your culture, organization, operations and CEO’s real job around one of four strategies.

This current article explores the organization required to support a delivery or distribution strategy.

Source: In Praise Of Matrix Organizations

In Praise Of Hierarchical Organizations (Sometimes)


The framework for What It Takes To Accelerate Through A Strategic Inflection Point is laid out in that earlier article. The main point is that you must align your culture, organization, operations and CEO’s real job around one of four strategies.

This particular article explores the organization required to support a production strategy.

Source: In Praise Of Hierarchical Organizations (Sometimes)

Why the world is full of bullshit jobs | Vox


Do you have a job that you secretly believe is pointless?

If so, you have what anthropologist David Graeber calls a “bullshit job.” A professor at the London School of Economics and a leader of the early Occupy Wall Street movement, Graeber has written a new book called Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.

He argues that there are millions of people across the world — clerical workers, administrators, consultants, telemarketers, corporate lawyers, service personnel, and many others — who are toiling away in meaningless, unnecessary jobs, and they know it.

Source: Why the world is full of bullshit jobs – Vox