In a recent social network happening Jim Harris and Phil Simon discussed whether IT projects are like the board games Monopoly or Risk.
I notice that both these games are played with dice.
I remember back in the early 80’s I had some programming training by constructing a Yahtzee game on a computer. The following parts were at my disposal:
- Platform: IBM 8100 minicomputer
- Language: COBOL compiler
- User Interface: Screen with 80 characters in 24 rows
As the user interface design options were limited the exiting part became the one player mode where I had to teach (program) the computer which dice to save in a given situation – and make that logic be based on patterns rather than every possible combination.
While having some other people testing the man versus computer in the one player mode I found out that I could actually construct a compact program that in the long run won more rounds than (ordinary) people.
Now, what about games without dice? Here we know that there has been a development even around chess where now the computer is the better one compared to any human.
So, what about data quality? Is it man or computer who is best at solving the matter. A blog post from Robert Barker called “Avoiding False Positives: Analytics or Humans?” has a sentiment.
Also seen from a time and cost perspective the computer does have some advantages compared to humans.
But still we need humans to select what game to be played. Throw the dice…