We’re drowning in information, as I’ve written about before, both in the context of Business Intelligence and Innovation (whatever that is). An interesting blog post by Tim Kastelle over at his Innovation Leadership Network takes the somewhat contrarian view, that we have always had this information overload problem. Quoting Stowe Boyd, he points out:
I suggest we just haven’t experimented enough with ways to render information in more usable ways, and once we start to do so, it will like take 10 years (the 10,000 hour rule again) before anyone demonstrates real mastery of the techniques involved.
The problem is that our current tooling for information processing is not up to the task at hand. Unfortunately Tim, like most of us, is still trying to find the best way to managed the information load pressing down on us.