Creativity Constrained – HR Tech Haikus

Today my blog post
Is based on the haiku form
Will it work or not?

Haiku: Noun. A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

Today my blog post
Is based on the haiku form
Will it work or not?

I spoke with Heather
Tweeting from a conference
About HR tech

She encouraged me
To give haiku tweets a try
Here are some of mine

Data has a soul
And to find it you must search
Way down in the mine

Data makes patterns
Numbers as flow and beauty
Your work is your art

Human capital
A name devoid of feelings
I’m not a number

HRTech Haiku
Sort the data from the flow
Aha! Now I see

Data in the cloud
It’s raining information
Drowning in numbers

Heather wrote some too
She said I could share with you
OK here we go

Data are just bits
Of fact, wrapped up in stories
Truth requires both

Data cannot drive.
It doesn’t do anything
Unless asked nicely

Workforce analytics
How do we measure spirit?
With data ripples

Engage your data
Algorithms need love too.
No more lonely code

Great #HRTechConf
Have a people hangover.
My brain is too full.

Ofen driven by constraint
You do more with less

Author: Doug Shaw

Artist and Consultant. Embracing uncertainty, sketching myself into existence. Helping people do things differently, through an artistic lens.

5 thoughts on “Creativity Constrained – HR Tech Haikus”

  1. Doug, I will confess to just reacting to your post, possibly superficially, but I am surprised at the dominance of “data” in haikus about HR. It feels like the wrong message.

    I am not a number! 🙂


    1. Thanks Ian. Indeed there are a lot of data references. To clarify the context, this was a series of exchanges in and around an HR Tech conference, hence the skew in the content. The second haiku in the post has a reference to this – perhaps I should have made it clearer. I’ll try and think of an haiku response through the day.

      Cheers – Doug

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