Oxford Dictionaries have declared “post-truth” to be the Word of the Year for 2016. They define ‘post-truth’ as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. While the first usage with this meaning appears to date from 1992, it is
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Project Audits and Health Checks If you’ve been involved with the management of projects for any appreciable length of time, you’re likely to have encountered this situation. It’s the end of the regular project management meeting. The project team has eloquently provided an update on the progress of their project to their senior stakeholders and everything is
What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Computer scientists since the late 1950s have being developing software systems in order to explore the validity of the following proposition: “Intelligence and learning qualities can be replicated or simulated in a machine (computer) so that we can build intelligent entities”. To clarify, in Artificial Intelligence and
There is no time quite like the Olympic Games. Couch potatoes are inspired to spring off the sofa, the sport-phobic are glued to their televisions, we are filled with patriotic fever over sports we normally ignore. It’s a complete change of mental scenery and I absolutely love it. The Olympics is also a traditional time for thought pieces making tenuous connections between elite sport and
Earlier this year the National Audit Office (NAO) published an excellent paper on “Delivering major projects in government: a briefing for the Committee of Public Accounts”, which provides some very interesting statistics, facts and figures on the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio and describes some of the reasons why so many large public
Turn on the news these days and you could be forgiven for thinking you had fallen asleep for several months such is the pace things are moving. The past few weeks have seen events likely to have a major impact on the generation, supply, use and regulation of energy in the United Kingdom. But it’s not the EU referendum that will have the biggest impact. Ministerial changes and significant
On Friday, 24 June, there was a palpable sense of shock. For those who had voted “Remain” the was a feeling of loss – almost like a bereavement. For those had voted “Leave” there was a sense of surprise and perhaps elation at succeeding against the odds. As someone who has worked on change programmes, these reactions made me think of the various change curves that consultants often
As the debate heats up in advance of the EU referendum, you may still remember the furore prompted by the booklet sent by the Government to every household in the UK. While the booklet was meant to provide the objective facts and figures, it was inevitably damned by the Brexiteers as just more propaganda for the campaign to remain in the EU. The Government said that this was untrue and reminded