Check out “Removing biases from the product development process”!

Another event focusing on the drawbacks of design practice and how to compensate for it. This time Academy Xi.

Register for ‘Removing biases from the product development process’ on Eventbrite.

Date: Tue, Dec 1 • 11:00 AM AEDT

Ethical Product Management 101 – up late

If you want to get to grips with product management you might as well cover one of the criticisms levelled at this shiny new qual.

Elevenses: Ethical Product Management” on Eventbrite! Date: Thu, Nov 26 • 10:00 PM AEDT

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Start up slang? There’s a MeetUp for that.

StartUp Victoria, (not to be confused with LaunchVic,) started out life as a MeetUp.

Confusing? Well why not throw Eventbrite into the mix?

One of the most challenging aspects about new economy speak has got to be its tendency to use words completely incorrectly; to rebrand management tropes for no good reason; and to use the same acronyms to mean several different things at once.

This one won’t tell you which IP is which or that Agile is the new name for continuous improvement (for software developers), or that CI is referred to as ‘Lean’ everywhere else, but it will tell you enough to know whether to a start-up might be able to benefit from your existing skills and experience, and / or if you’d like to invest in one, because you’re able to judge its potential on your own terms.

Register here for the downlow on what is that person saying? Or join the MeetUp group and check out what Start Up Vic is up to in its native habitat.

Startup Success Series: Decoding Startup Slang

Friday, Nov 6, 2020, 1:00 PM

Online event

14 Members Attending

** TO ATTEND PLEASE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE: ** As a new founder, you’re already taking a step into a world full of unknowns. As you build your venture and grow your network, you’re going to come across a lot of words and phrases you might not have he…

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Machine Learning 101? There’s a MeetUp for that.

Join Data Science Melbourne online and hear how machine learning works. It is everything it’s cracked up to be? #disruption #lifelonglearning

How machine learning works

Friday, Nov 20, 2020, 1:00 PM

Online event

50 Data Scientists Attending

from linear regression to neural networks & decision trees – we’ll show you how they work without the maths.

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Is the future of funerals virtual?

This week I attended my first online funeral, and it went very well, considering only the other day I shared a post about online funeral etiquette.

Livecast on Facebook, by my mentor in technology and optimism*, and family, the funeral is available in replay on YouTube for his dear Mother, Lilia.

The moral of the story is that a right of passage doesn’t have to adhere to convention.

Indeed, in many ways an unconventional approach is exactly what I think Lilia Perton needed to do her justice.

Not for the first time during this pandemic, though, I admit to being more than a little bit surprised that the potential for technology to enhance and disrupt an industry that’s been driven for decades by economic rationalisation, by consolidation, restructuring and cost savings, hasn’t meant that the remaining homes (why are they called ‘homes’?) aren’t already delivering services that forgo travel, and allow more people from disparate locations to ‘be’ at the funeral virtually, without the real estate and labour overheads to deliver that experience on the supply side, and the travel and organising that it takes to be on site on the receiving.

My own Grandmother, who died in 2016, wanted to be “put in a cardboard box” and insisted that she not be physically, personally present at the funeral service.

Whilst the funeral director didn’t question her personally not wanting to be present, that didn’t stop him traumatising me with a detailed explanation concerning what happens to cardboard that has been left in the fridge (meaningful eyebrow raise) when you set the combination of damp cardboard and dead weight onto a set of industrial castors that pinch at the bottom of it repeatedly during its short trajectory into a furnace.

Who knows if Grandma did or didn’t get the same casket as Grandpa? I can only hope that the sales targets for her service were met that day, as it seemed to me that they were more important than avoiding any additional personal trauma.

A quick Google search suggests I’m not alone in considering the possibilities

Article one on the legal treatment of virtual tributes and are they digital equivalents to physical graves enabling the Electronic Transactions Act to apply.

Article two from SBS on how a virtual graveyard in Hong Kong is sitting with Chinese tradition of visiting grave sites once a year.

For myself, I will be making arrangements though RIV or its Australian equivalent, to be pressed into an LP record, with the intention of shelving me and my musical taste in the State Library for eternity.

Being agonistic and pro-technology, it would make me perfectly happy for my entire service consist of someone playing my record in the Domed Reading Room (both sides) and this to be cast on the web.

So far, the playlist includes ‘Real Life – Send Me an Angel‘ because well, duh, really.

Also Thompson Twins ‘Lay Your Hands,’ because it’s the song that inspired the idea in the first place.

Chicane’s ‘Saltwater‘ (again – obvs.); Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself‘ (the Girlie show version); The Waterboys ‘Whole of the Moon’; ‘Wonderful Life’ by Black; Debra Conway with Do Re Mi – Man Overboard and also on the title track to ABC TV’s Sweet and Sour series; and ‘What About Me?’ by Moving Pictures, so that the good version is the one that is preserved.

The rest of it is a work in progress, but it’s likely Duran Duran is going to have to be in the mix, (probably this one), as I’m insisting on being cremated with all of my DD music: CDs, records, DVDs, VHS, hard drives and cassettes because there is no more fitting epitaph for what it was like to be Gen X, than owning the same music in multiple formats.

Working title: I am a DJ I am what I play.

All of that aside: will we see a ‘virtual only’ service on the menu in the future?  I would say so. But a few million Australians are doing a pretty good job of proving me wrong in virtually every other sphere, and that might mean I’m way off base.

* I have my copy of ‘The Optimism Bias’ by Tali Sharot open on the desk as I type at the very page discussing optimism and how it manifests in people’s mindset during times of economic crisis. It isn’t pleasant to see how predictable we are as humans but at least I can account for my hope that things will not be too bad, at the same time as I think that this result is highly unlikely.

#startupidea #virtualonlyfuneral #RIV #RIVAustralia

Webinar: Board Committees

Day five of five featuring free professional development opportunities for bored directors.

Today it’s a 101 style introduction to the most common board committees. What they do, how to structure them and where they fit into the governance picture.

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Digital Government: Trick or Treat?

Day four of five days of free PD for bored directors.

29 September – from the model pupil to the troubled child, it’s a look at government services of the future.

What’s the sovereign risk profile and can you relate?

Register on Eventbrite or click here.

Up-close and Personal: Data Privacy Management

Day three of five of free PD for bored directors.

6 October – get the low down on data governance.

Check out this Meetup with Melbourne Data Governance Meetup Group

Using Video To Support The Design And Innovation Process

Free workshop. Well. All our events are free, but this one is unusual.

Design for non-techies and bonus point, using video.

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