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Dynamic Product Equilibrium

Mar 12 2014 in Connected World

A MAYA Paper by CEO Mickey McManus explores the effect that feedback loops will have on product development in a connected world.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Big(ger) Data Pushes The Boundaries

Jan 09 2014 in Connected World

The growth of mobile over the past two decades has been unprecedented. Device penetration, and how we have integrated mobile phones into our daily routine, has reshaped entire industries, transformed commerce and impacted our society at all levels. What’s next?

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

The Internet of Things isn’t about things

Mar 01 2013 in Connected World

The words “Internet of Things” barely scratch the surface of the opportunities, and challenges, ahead.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

TEDTalk - Innovate:Education - The next literacy

Jun 07 2011 in Notes from the Field

What if there were a basic literacy beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic that we missed, or that wasn’t necessary until this moment in our history? And what if that new literacy were the organizing principle between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and SEL (social, emotional learning)? What if it could help the least among us leapfrog over the mainstream? What if it could help build collaborative, resilient, creative, & critical thinkers in an age of exponential change?

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

TEDxCMU MAYA Presentation now live!

Apr 27 2011 in Connected World

What can Nature’s design patterns teach us about computing? Containerization, liquid currency, and the possibilities of a trillion node world all packed into 20 minutes of TED.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Rock, Paper, Scissors - Part 1: Architecture

A friend of mine seems to be obsessed with using the game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to settle just about any dispute that arises in our team meetings. Most people think “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is a simple game of chance. Everyone knows the rules; rock breaks scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cut paper. Since it seems random, most of us just decide to play a favorite; I usually play rock, as an opening gambit. Sure enough every once in a while I get lucky. I’ve noticed that most of the time though, my friend wins. I decided I wanted to find out why…

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

To iPad or not to iPad.

Jan 31 2010 in Notes from the Field

First thoughts about Apple’s new iPad in the context of the future.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Festivus Links - 12-23-09

Dec 23 2009 in Notes from the Field

Festivus, chrome, doppelgangers for sale, photo-collage sculptures, holiday-based computing, your brain on checkers, the Copenhagen wheel, and a taste of a London that never was.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

What is Information Architecture?

Two short films and a bit of a rant about Information Architecture.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Pervasive Computing - A Primer: Part 1

Jul 30 2008 in Connected World

Ubiquitous computing, ubicomp, context aware computing, whatever you call it the basic idea is the same. Somehow we have to use the physical world to help “Tame” the complexity that is rapidly overwhelming us all.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal