Why IT Needs Artistic Sensibilities  Royalty, Lenora Clark Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007                     ...
What do we typically do in IT? Analyze Explore cause & effect Dissect Examine parts Decompose Identify risk Avoid s...
Some assembly required                          We do build things                            • But according to rules   ...
IT people speak in codes             About abstract conceptsGeekness           That only those who study IT               ...
Stability Change is effortful and hard yet we often implement change We then work to stabilize the change   • To preserv...
IT: We put the ‘No’ in Innovation                                    6
What the little art education I hadhas taught me                                      7
“That’s toovisual. I can’ttalk about it.”Wit, childlike, old, worn,organic, man-made,geometric, textured,nuanced, deep col...
Creativity Generate or recognize patterns, ideas, alternatives, possibilities  (strange) Fusion: bringing together dispa...
Ask a 14 year old… How do you do it?   • “I don’t know. I just look     inside myself.” Do you copy?   • “No!” Does it ...
IT and art share some things Tool identification and a reluctance to shed the tool Procedural skill: craftsmanship, know...
Theorizing about future states Common  • Understand the goal  • Understand the current constraints  • Connect the dots ar...
Mood and creativity Negative mood encourages externally driven, focused on threat  identification, aggressive searching o...
What is happening today?        Lots of moving parts           Quick change       Unanticipated events               Fear ...
Complexity of ITOne must fit many, substitutable, overlapping parts together: While the parts are constantly changing and...
What do we need? Novel ways of reframing constraints Novel ways of reframing parts: IT, individual, organizational Nove...
What makes the great great?                                  Team expertise                  ++              Team creativi...
With EpicMix, all your activity on the slopes is automatically capturedand uploaded to your EpicMix dashboard. Now you can...
IT is quickly evolving from largely an analytic, solution-fitting skill           to a rule-bending, integrative and creat...
Thank you! Questions?“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” A. Einstein                          ...
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Why IT Needs Artistic Sensibilities

  1. 1. Why IT Needs Artistic Sensibilities Royalty, Lenora Clark Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 Vince Kellen CIO, University of Kentucky November 5, 2010
  2. 2. What do we typically do in IT? Analyze Explore cause & effect Dissect Examine parts Decompose Identify risk Avoid surprises Make things work 2
  3. 3. Some assembly required  We do build things • But according to rules  We copy eagerly • Even if it is not quite right  We need an example • Before we start  We want the requirements • Written down  We hate not knowing • What to do  We seek competency • In repeatability 3
  4. 4. IT people speak in codes About abstract conceptsGeekness That only those who study IT Actually know We cannot easily express In other languages This abstract knowledge Even to our spouses And we get used to it 4
  5. 5. Stability Change is effortful and hard yet we often implement change We then work to stabilize the change • To preserve the investment • Because everyone wants us to Since tool and tool maker shape each other, we acquire a deep, bodily attachment to the tool and the product Because some changes are spurious, or perceived as such • Changes are often treated with skepticism Because we are the tool • Changes are sometimes consciously and non-consciously resisted 5
  6. 6. IT: We put the ‘No’ in Innovation 6
  7. 7. What the little art education I hadhas taught me 7
  8. 8. “That’s toovisual. I can’ttalk about it.”Wit, childlike, old, worn,organic, man-made,geometric, textured,nuanced, deep colors 8
  9. 9. Creativity Generate or recognize patterns, ideas, alternatives, possibilities (strange) Fusion: bringing together disparate parts in novel, surprising and appropriate solutions. Rethinking the parts. Synthesis. While some of this may be explicit, it is usually implicit, non- conscious, but definitely influenced by experience, training and thought Counterfactual thinking, thinking about what is NOT there, or thinking with relaxed rules of construction Seeking to eliminate constraints to thoughts 9
  10. 10. Ask a 14 year old… How do you do it? • “I don’t know. I just look inside myself.” Do you copy? • “No!” Does it take courage? • “Yes.” 10
  11. 11. IT and art share some things Tool identification and a reluctance to shed the tool Procedural skill: craftsmanship, knowledge of the materials Public critiques of concrete, observable artifacts Difficulty with personal re-invention 11
  12. 12. Theorizing about future states Common • Understand the goal • Understand the current constraints • Connect the dots around the constraints Uncommon • In a constant cycle – Invert, move or remove the current constraints – Experiment with designs – Understand and redefine the goal 12
  13. 13. Mood and creativity Negative mood encourages externally driven, focused on threat identification, aggressive searching of problem states/solutions (Outward-in, bottom-up) Positive mood encourages application of more automatic, internal views of things to be applied to our actions (Inward-out, top-down) 13
  14. 14. What is happening today? Lots of moving parts Quick change Unanticipated events Fear 14
  15. 15. Complexity of ITOne must fit many, substitutable, overlapping parts together: While the parts are constantly changing and evolving While the organization is learning and adapting to IT While external pressures ‘force’ even more adoption And internal forces are increasingly conflicted 15
  16. 16. What do we need? Novel ways of reframing constraints Novel ways of reframing parts: IT, individual, organizational Novel ways of reorganizing parts and constraints Ability to detect our own and others’ dogma Ability to inspect and unpack rules Ability to communicate different concepts, methods An openness to entertaining different concepts, methods Suspension of disbelief 16
  17. 17. What makes the great great? Team expertise ++ Team creativity Benefit Superior Solution 0 ++ Cost 17
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  19. 19. IT is quickly evolving from largely an analytic, solution-fitting skill to a rule-bending, integrative and creative skill As more IT can be packaged and outsourced, we need people who can re-conceptualize more than just the technology parts We need people who can re-imagine multiple future states across human-technical lines Who can easily listen to and learn from others Who can inspire others to participate in this dialog 19
  20. 20. Thank you! Questions?“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” A. Einstein 20

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