Chairman’s address 2019

Its here! Digital Built Events Week is upon us and I’m so excited for the Design Technology Summit and all our sister events. There have been a number of posts in the last month as a lead up to DTS and I wanted to recap all of them and provide links for anyone coming to DTS this year, or for those of you who are just hearing and learning about DTS now.

The theme this year at DTS is Continuous Next, the idea that change is not only constant, but accelerating, particularly in the realm of technology and its impact on the practice of architecture, engineering and construction in general.
We talked about Continuous Next, where we got the idea and how we think it applies in this blog post: Continuous Next
We’ve broken Continuous Next into five topic areas based on what Gartner outlines as the part of the continuous next transformation:

  • Assistive Intelligence
  • Culture
  • “Product” Management
  • Business Management
  • Professional Development

To help set the stage for our discussions some of the posts in the last few months have taken on topics and issues related to these five areas of discussion.
In early June, we discussed “normalization of deviance” this touched on an important aspect of office culture and how it can lead to practices and behaviors that ultimately have a negative effect on the organization. One can see where if we expect to deal with constant change, a culture that accepts deviance normalization could create a higher level of challenge in keeping up with change.

In mid-June we brought up the challenge of communication and why is it that important messages are so easily ignored. This topic is closely related to culture, but it also directly impacts project work, so we can see where “cultural” topics ultimately spread out to all other topics in some way.
In March we touched on the topic of Assistive Intelligence (or Artificial Intelligence) and a rather major issue we face as an industry; good data to feed these new, thinking tools. We shouldn’t fear AI, and we shouldn’t think that somehow computers will start designing buildings, but perhaps more importantly we need to realize that if we want any AI tool to be helpful, we need to do a better job of wrangling our data to feed the machine.

Lastly, we most recently discussed a concept for how to frame a discussion, we’ll talk more about this when we open DTS on Wednesday, but we want you to consider the “Six Thinking Hats” a way of looking at and discussing a challenge from different perspectives in order to help avoid “Group Think” or simply everyone agreeing.

We can’t wait to see you at DTS, and if you’re not able to make it this year, we encourage you to register your interest with secretary AT

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