Agile Business

I was recently contacted about a project where a company in London intends on becoming Agile at a business level. I was somewhat taken a back at the concept as I know several other companies had tried and expensively failed to dramatically change how a business works. So I asked the critical question who is saying this can be done The answer not unsurprisingly top experts from the USA The term experts from out of town always concerns me, because its a throw away for don’t worry your pretty little head, its all taken care of My supposed role would have been digital transformation, IRead More →

Social Media Key Opinion Leaders

What is a Key Opinion Leader? The concept of KOL’s has been around in the pharmaceutical industry for a while and Elihu Katz in answers the question, “Who is an opinion leader?” One or more of these factors make noteworthy opinion leaders: expression of values professional competence nature of their social network Opinion leaders are individuals who obtain more media coverage than others and are especially educated on a certain issue. In the jargon of public relations, they are called thought leaders. The Huawei booth in Hall 1 was huge, with a garden out the back. Being invited to be a Key Opinion Leader WhenRead More →

I’m writing this from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as a guest of Huawei. I don’t do advertising in my writing or public speaking I provide useful and insightful information in the hope that my readers can make use of it. That aside I have discovered something astonishing about Huawei that I think people should be aware of. Huawei’s Watch 2 has made the leap to independent device and signals the death of smartphones When I first saw the specification of the Apple iWatch, I though “what a stupid idea”, “it is just an extension of the iPhone” but having bought one I have foundRead More →

The company that I am a CEO of in the United States of America, Paradigm Interactions Inc. has just issued the following press release; To confirm Paradigm Interactions Inc. has been contacted by a New York City, Venture Capital company regarding investment, a defacto buyout. At this time we have declined Paradigm Interactions Inc. is involved the next generation post smart device internet as part of it’s project Charlemagne and based upon our Open Networking Ecosystem Protocol Patent until this project is completed in 2017 we are not considering any offers. We said no, because it was a significantly under valued offer, given the IoT and BlockchainRead More →

key opinion leader

On Saturday the 25th I’m heading to the Mobile World Congress (MWC17) in Barcelona as a guest of the Huawei Technologies, Digital Key Opinion Leader program. This is all new to me but as I am involved in creating original content on social media that resonates with people I have been invited, in fact I was invited twice by teams in the USA and UK separately. If any potential client would like to meet while I’m there please contact me through this site.Read More →

Karl Smith will be talking at Digital Transformation 2017 on 23rd Feb Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh organised by Scot TECH http://www.scot-tech.com/ Digital is about People, not technology. Digital is a response to the desire of people to focus their lives towards quick and easy tasks, simplify processes and utilise their time in micro experiences. The challenge for Digital Transformation is to not get trapped in limiting technology solutions but to really meet the desire of people to have less stress, highly engaging and focused experiences with shorter duration’s while maintaining quality and accountability. Prioritise creating highly engaging, positive experiences Focus on the simplification of process AvoidRead More →

While everyone else has been focused on selling the dream of ubiquity Paradigm Interactions Inc. has been working on a protocol to make it a reality. In essence the protocol is about; A method of defining an organic or inorganic items right to access local networks, be found, used and to record its lifecycle to a distributed linear data system. The talk below discusses the bases of a US Patent for an Open Networking Ecosystem Protocol conceived by Karl Smith and patented by Paradigm Interactions in 2016. It’s really important to understand the #KingsNewClothes of Technology the #IoT. A description of what the IoT will beRead More →

But we already have Digital, how can it be coming? For the most part what companies have is Technology being sold as Digital Solutions or Digital Strategy, however Being Digital and participating in the Digital Economy is about fundamental change in how your company works, not by adding a channel. Digital is not just another name for Technology or a Delivery Channel but it is a Pervasive Customer Engagement Productization Having a digital channel, a CRM tool or a marketing strategy involving social media, does not make you a Digital Business in fact Digital Businesses have Digital Products. A Digital Product is not the envelope, like a website, app, messageRead More →

Just informed @klout I’m an #expert in #unicorns working in business and technology since 1989 I’ve seen loads of unicorns. I’m not sure this is a great blog post but it made me smile a little too much! So I’ll use it to say Merry Christmas and to all my readers.Read More →

In the same way that digital downloads has crippled the mass market of vinyl and CD’s does Blockchain means the end of financial services and banking straight through processing and the accounting service model? By reviewing the cost reduction culture of recent years it is understandable why the banking industry has become ripe for Lean STP and BPO Accounting. But like other change and transformation activities embedding irrelevant processes in technologies, STP and then outsourcing accountancy is missing the essential point, they are no longer required if Blockchain is deployed. instead of building Blockchain in the image of Banks, Banks should be rebuilt in theRead More →

I was recently asked to answer 20 questions by Beament Leslie Thomas (BLT) a leading niche, specialist recruitment company http://bit.ly/2grPYUw some of it explains why I like to do the impossible and how. This edition of 20 Questions is with Karl Smith; CEO of Paradigm Interactions and an acknowledged leader in the field of Human-Centered Design, User Experience and Usability. He has been honored with a Fellowship by the British Computer Society. He is also the Founder of several organizations including UCD UK Conferences and the Human Centered Design Society. What was your first job? My first paid job was working in Sweeties while stillRead More →

So I’m putting this list together of some really smart people I’ve come across recently as we all work towards making the open IoT a reality. Michael Bayler, Founder and Director, understands the true impact of IoT and aids clients prepare – Independent Consultant Erik Staaf, Managing Director at IOT-as-a-Service.com, what set him apart is he has actual case studies – Independent Consultant George Achillias, Digital Anthropologist, he understands the technology without driving clients to specific suppliers – Wipro Digital Karl Smith, CEO Paradigm Interactions, author and futurist, building a retail IoT test platform with 20% totally newly invented technology – Independent Consultant Brendan Mislin, Managing Director, totalRead More →

I offer several strategic consultancy services one of them is Organizational Design this can involve launching a new service or creating new divisions or even whole Global companies. Governance is a Business Enabler Having written several enterprise governance documents using ISO/IEC 385000 as a template I am well aware that governance is one of those areas that is much misunderstood. Well constructed and managed governance is open and obvious, it is designed to enable business and has an active and transparent policy creation and updating process. However, there is a huge amount of governance set up to chain the business to policies that are truly complex, meaningless inRead More →

I offer several strategic consultancy services one of them is Organizational Design this can involve launching a new service or creating new divisions or even whole Global companies. Being a founder of anything is quite exciting, especially if you are funded in advance. I think that was the thing that really helped get this project off the ground. While you know history will be written as you work and rewritten after you leave the following case study in several parts is about how you really set up a Global Digital Consultancy. Founding a New Consultancy is all about Market Differentiators The starting point for this consultancyRead More →

Innova8™ Innovation as a Catalyst for Change and Transformation Paradigm Interactions Inc. owns the worldwide rights to the innovation process Innova8™ developed by Karl Smith. The process outline (without critical details) was first published online in 2001. Innova8™ is a unique innovation technique that mashes counterintelligence techniques with human-centered design methods, clients, customers and creative people. Innova8™ 86681840 in the United States of America International Class 042 – Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software; legal services. The process enables clients or consultancies to establish rapid innovation labs to an 8-hour process,Read More →

Introduction The IoT is a much marketed term as the future of all things; the IoT is interconnected landscape of life experiences and transactions What is the IoT, how is it intended to work and how does that relate to how it currently works. What are the real business opportunities and how will they be measured as a success? How can your business gain an advantage or benefit? Finally, are there any risks associated with the IoT, either foreseen or not and how might they be mitigated? What is the IoT and where does it come from? The IoT is problematic as a description for UbiquityRead More →

The foundation for this thinking goes back to a notion of the ‘social life of things’. If things themselves exist and have a number of trajectories and states then those things also potentially have accessible and useful human touch points in the IoT. Much of the interactions we humans have become used to are in fact simple touch-points to hidden and complex interactions within dispersed and non-interlinked (at the core) technology systems. This simplification process of creating a directed visual presentation layer enables us to maintain a simplified mental model around our interactions. However in IoT technologies the additional integration of voice, touch and thoughtRead More →

It should be clear by now to observers of how businesses who are being successful are changing. For them IoT is not just another name for Technology or a Delivery Channel but it is a Pervasive Customer Engagement Productization. As Technologies come and go, Customers are eternal What is an IoT Product? An IoT Product is not the envelope, like a website, app or another container, but the thing that is purchased, transferred or acquired. An IoT Product is pervasive (accessible anywhere on any device, platform and mental model) and modular, designed to be portable, while maintaining all the associated complex information, languages and cultural context,Read More →

Products and services associated with the IoT currently operate in closed ecosystems like Home Automation, in effect, they are simply networked products with linking software. Part machine to machine (M2M) and part human to machine or machine to human (H2M setup and observation and M2H alerts). The IoT is an open ecosystem, made up of billions of product, services and people ecosystems. While many people will associate an ontology with a website, software or information system, the key factor in IoT products or services is; Information uniqueness Information parity Information exchange policies IoT products and services also require Governance frameworks Security frameworks Privacy/data storage frameworksRead More →

Ubiquity (IoT) does not exist yet There will be many people who will say it does exist and has working technologies, hardware and software. The IoT is not a closed ecosystem related to one task or feature set like Home Management, but an open ecosystem It’s very interesting to watch so much activity around selling the dream of the IoT when it does not exist yet. There are closed networks for battlefield CnC, managing device servicing and even consumer home automation. But these are all still structured around closed networks and don’t deliver the power or prosperity associated with the IoT. It would be better for businessesRead More →

So I posted this as an update on LinkedIn I got some great responses from people who read their contracts and got a whole load of really negative responses from people who did not understand the statement so I will try again here. I make no legal determination as part of this post, I am simply reporting an actual event. The Background First off this is from several actual experiences, years ago in one instance where a recruiter was found to be in Breach of Contract as the Contractor they supplied held on to client work (not in the public domain) and digitally published itRead More →

Are you sitting next to a Space Invader? Not actually an alien except in social behaviour, a Space Invader is a person who is totally selfish, focused purely on their needs and their desires. They think nothing of using both arm rests on a plane, train, bus or tube, while pushing their elbows into your side. Most people simply put up with this boorish and narcissistic behaviour. Personally I don’t, it makes me feel physically sick to have that close contact with a complete stranger. Dangers of Space Invaders I remember posting on Facebook about it and the person was not only a Space InvaderRead More →

I have been an Agile practitioner a very long time, in fact as an Instructional Designer I was very excited when Agile was created based upon Computer Human Interaction methods and thinking. As one complete fully applied process Agile is astoundingly effective at bringing together all the best capabilities within a project team and totally removing the hierarchical and often power crazed notion of single point leadership. Agile and Structured Business Agile, however does not remove the need for formal and structured Program Management that interfaces with and supports a more formal set of business processes. I can only say this from experience, if you have managedRead More →

Paradigm Interactions has decided to get involved in building products to service the IoT marketplace. Project Charlemagne is a unification project that links existing technologies with a high-level strategy and vision for financial benefits for those who implement it and gain insights from it. Project Charlemagne is using Ethereum smart contracts to establish uniquely identifiable items in an IoT network effectively establishing a secondary handshake protocol for network access, that manages policies and identities, this will also allow us to simplify the data that IoT objects require and use ambient power tagging. Some of the sensor technologies do not exist in the format we require yetRead More →

Most people don’t even know that an online census is designed they just think you take the paper form and put it online. Unfortunately it is simply not that easy, the interactive environments, activities and tools are fundamentally different between an offline experience and an online one. Also peoples expectations of a digital experience is higher than a real world experience and that goes back to the notion that “technology is here to help us” which we all know is not really true. Additionally there is a whole raft of legislation pertaining to human rights, ease of access and use for people with disabilities which must be consideredRead More →