Month: April 2018

Stakeholder Analysis

In the book, Bare Bones Change Management: What you shouldn’t not do, Bob Lewis explained the seven must-have elements for any change management effort to have a chance of succeeding. Here are my takeaways from one of the topics discussed in the book.

Change efforts do not succeed just because they are right for the organization. They succeed because they benefit someone.

Return on Investment from the Cost-Benefit Analysis is often the invitation for a change to enter the organization.

There are three significant stakeholder groups: the Supporters, the Acceptors, and the Resistors. Think of the distribution as a bell curve. Wise change manager will always perform an in-depth analysis of the stakeholders.

Look for supporters among people who are ambitious, who complain about the old way of doing things, and who are confident in their abilities to adapt.

On the flipside, change manager can usually find resistors who expect to lose their standing and influence due to the change. They have built up skills and value which will be threatened by the change. The resistors can also be those who are less confident in their abilities to adapt than the supporters.

The acceptors, a majority in the organization, will not actively support or resist the change. Leadership is the best way to reach that population because that is what they look for. The direction can come from anyone, even from the resistors, so it is best the leadership comes from the change manager.

Bob further suggested some tactics to consider for managing the stakeholder groups. They include Making it a win, Involving, Promoting, Communicating, Introducing, Giving special treatment, Defusing, Cornering, and Marginalizing.

Managing the stakeholder groups is probably the most challenging element of leading the change effort.

Multi-Class Machine Learning Template Using Python

As I work on practicing and solving machine learning (ML) problems, I find myself repeating a set of steps and activities repeatedly.

Thanks to Dr. Jason Brownlee’s suggestions on creating a machine learning template, I have pulled together a project template that can be used to support multi-class ML problems using Python.

The purpose of the template is to show the data preparation, ML modeling using algorithms, and performance tuning steps. You can download the template from the Machine Learning Project Templates page.

You can also check out the sample HTML-formatted report here on GitHub.

當你的主意被盜用

(從我的一個尊敬的作家與英雄,賽斯 高汀

有一些沉思:

對你是有好處。當別人認為你的主意值得竊取,這不是更好嗎?如果你一直創作,創造出那本書或那部電影或是那個概念,但並沒有人想要貶低它,擴展它,或者與它一起運行,當你的主意是無人問津,這會更好嗎?

你的主意不會用盡。其實,當越多的人抓住你的主意並與他們一起製造新鮮事,你的發件箱裡就會出現越來越多的空間,這意味著你可以出產更多的主意,對吧?

當一個主意被發展,那就是好主意。他們會充實我們的文化,建立聯繫並改善我們的生活。 這不就是你為什麼要去創造你的主意,不是嗎?

有主意的目標不是爭取信用。而它的目標是改變我們的周圍。

Binary Classification Machine Learning Template Using Python

As I work on practicing and solving machine learning (ML) problems, I find myself repeating a set of steps and activities repeatedly.

Thanks to Dr. Jason Brownlee’s suggestions on creating a machine learning template, I have pulled together a project template that can be used to support binary classification ML problems using Python.

The purpose of the template is to show the data preparation, ML modeling using algorithms, and performance tuning steps. You can download the template from the Machine Learning Project Templates page.

You can also check out the sample HTML-formatted report here on GitHub.

Quality and Wabi-Sabi

In his podcast, Akimbo, Seth Godin teaches us how to adopt a posture of possibility, change the culture, and choose to make a difference. Here are my takeaways from the episode.

  • The word “Quality” can have one of the three meanings: 1) deluxe-ness, 2) meeting specification or 3) right effort.
  • For the industrial settings, meeting specification with interchangeable parts is crucial for building complex systems. The industrial systems strive for perfection.
  • Quality in the six-sigma context is to minimize the tolerance. For manufacturing, six-sigma is a good thing, and many of us enjoy the fruits of this industrial labor.
  • The industrial systems would like to make everyone an interchangeable cog and compliant in a six-sigma way. For other non-industrial things in life, meeting spec approach is often not a desired to go to work or to live a life.
  • For something else in life, the quality of Wabi-Sabi could be just as valuable as six-sigma from the industrial goods. Wabi-Sabi is deliberately imperfect and natural. Wabi-Sabi tells a story.
  • As we think about our work, are we a cog in a perfecting machine or do we want to meet spec? How can we want embrace Wabi-Sabi and make work that tell stories to those who care? When we seek to be the linchpin rather than just a replaceable cog, how does that impact what we choose to do?
  • Instead of pushing our work to meet spec and to be faster/cheaper, perhaps we should push our work to meet promises. The promise of bringing forth work that might not be perfect, but unique, to those who need us.