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Quantified Self intro june 010 #bcbs10


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Presentation given at Barcamp Bodense 5th of June 2010 on the Quantified Self Movement - Long term trend or fad?

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Quantified Self intro june 010 #bcbs10

  1. 1. QuantifiedSelf A Mega Trend or just a fad @harscoat Disclaimer: I am no official speaker of the QS group, just a very interested amateur. I myself track with “Chocolate method” ;)
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Intro </li></ul><ul><li>QS: a fad or emerging power trend? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General pb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QS community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal Informatics </li></ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Our proposal… </li></ul>!! I thank in advance the people who share publicly their work it’s THEIR copyrighted material always reference to them when you can to say thank you
  3. 3. @harscoat – Denis / Hello! Father & 39 = soon 40
  4. 4. &quot; Words, words, words &quot; (Hamlet, 2.2.191) <ul><li>The web today is « bavard » as we say in french </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advertising/marketing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New years resolutions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Words (vs evidence based methods) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>= Blah blah blah… !!! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. My personal pain = Achieving measurable goals <ul><li>Getting 40… it is not time to talk, </li></ul><ul><li>But time to achieve goals & leave sthg behind: </li></ul><ul><li>Eg. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saving money to buy a house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spend quality time with family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and also </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking enough water to not have tendinites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make pushups to keep fit even if traveling </li></ul></ul>To achieve ! Leave sthg concrete/objective behind
  6. 6. No BS = numbers!
  7. 7. We need to Focus on numbers What matters are your numbers – and the value they indirectly create
  8. 8. From any which way Numbers 9123235262 # Sales expenses Heart rate / blood pressure Miles running Lines of code Pages for my book Money $ Loosing weight Concentration Flows Cigarettes/beer… per day Hours of practice Series of push-ups Vaccines against Malaria
  9. 9. Even Charities! Btw go & give to Charity:Water !!
  10. 10. Massive ZeitGeist <ul><li>Concurrent waves: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new mobile tools can unlock productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Context: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The underachiever syndrome – no superman </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GTD blogs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>life hacking – Seinfeld chain </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data are available SENSORS revolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numbers driven: Metrics kissmetrics, Salesforce, lean startup... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10k hours rule – Deliberate Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics visualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountability = precise numbered goals </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Frog Design for Nike
  12. 13. It is a big big trend It is a necessity accountability achieve By NUMBERS 2009! =ok Recent
  13. 14. Those are BHAGs that have to be measured with numbers
  14. 15. Quantified Self community – SF, USA <ul><li>Mouvement founded by Kevin Kelly ( founding exec. editor Wired ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantified Self is a collaboration of  users and tool makers  around self-tracking.   Kevin Kelly and  Gary Wolf  maintain and moderate the blog +  authors includes Alexandra Carmichael ,  Joe Betts-Lacroix ,  Steve Dean ,  Robin Barooah ,  Mike Kirkwood ,  Ian Li ,  Rajiv Mehta , and  Chris Finlay . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>monthly meet up which started in the  San Francisco Bay Area , but local chapters are springing up  all over the world . </li></ul></ul>Kevin Kelly Gary Wolf Alexandra Carmichael
  15. 17. Today’s offering… already plethorus <ul><li>The reference ressource on all tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Famous: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nike+ (Frog Design) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>miCoach (Adidas) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curetogether </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runkeeper (2,5 M members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But also Mint for finance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HealthSeeker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dailyburn acquired … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take aways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For any niche of number producing activities </li></ul></ul>
  16. 19. $ Acquired! $ Acquired! One of the most interesting offering out there. Why? * Simplicity * Behavior programming: “ if” you do x “then” I do y
  17. 20. Academic Perspective <ul><li>Ian Li – PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Carnegie Mellon University </li></ul><ul><li>Pittsburgh, USA </li></ul>
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  19. 32. Among the issues
  20. 35. <ul><li>Other issue: </li></ul><ul><li>Representation </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization </li></ul>
  21. 39. <ul><li>THE PROBLEM: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> It is tough </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 40. splash
  23. 41. @accarmichael 40 A DAY !!! Chapeau !
  24. 42. Alexandra Curetogether Founder & well known contributor to the QS movement explains <ul><li>I don't need data to tell me that And I don't need to punish myself anymore Will I ever track again? Yes, probably For a specific goal or experiment Or to observe a pattern I'll try to keep an objective, non-judging eye But then I'll stop  When I've seen what I needed to see And learned what I wanted to learn Like any tool Self-tracking can be used for benefit or harm I won't let it Be an instrument of self-torture Any. More. </li></ul>Tracking can be a monk discipline
  25. 43. We Still think QS holds! <ul><li>Numbers are objective evidence based </li></ul><ul><li>They speak as universal language </li></ul><ul><li>PS: Alexandra Carmichael is now Director of QSelf blog </li></ul>
  26. 44. & we have a sthg to propose you <ul><li>It is called Quantter: starting today with you #BCBS10 </li></ul><ul><li>I have a questionnaire ! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am very open! And guarantee I will listen all your remarks and critics </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 45. Value at the end of the day <ul><li>That a children can learn by evidence based examples that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nothing great was achieved without big repetitive numbers of daily simple tedious focused tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>little numbers with regularity are much superior force than big 1time splash numbers (even for becoming a world class rapper) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent is overrated! Don’t wait for magical inspiration, genes or genius, « Fleissig sein » (as said in german) </li></ul></ul>
  28. 46. Thank you @harscoat [email_address] Numbers with a Purpose