Proud moments

It is a proud moment to feel that we have driven or significantly contributed to a new product development. Progress may first seem chaotic & disorganized, just like a startup company would first find itself into, but persistence and commitments allow the brains of talents to come together and deliver something wonderful. Of course success is not measured by a product being created but by when it gets used and valued by its users. Nevertheless, we should pride ourselves with the right decisions that we made, the steps that we took, and the timely delivery of what we commited to deliver. We should also not allow ourselves to be prematurely comfortable with the outcome, because we will start to slack and loose our competitive edge. Therefore, we need to keep learning from the experience and stay fully engaged. I am excited to be sharing soon what our IT team in collaboration with multiple cross functional teams here at Banfield Pet Hospital are delivering for our customers #banfieldlife #transformation #marspetcare

planes should keep us alive

All the news about planes crashing, planes burning, planes disappearing, planes stalling, and more of these is so devastating. It is true that one has a higher chance getting into a car accident than a plane crash, but when is this going to stop? When will quality engineering and advanced technologies save more lives? Forget about going to space. We can’t get to air safely all the time. If human generations won’t stop considering every airplane tragedy as a one off incident compared to the total safe flights, what will happen when we have space tourism or space traveling? It will be even worse problems than what human intellect is able to resolve in its lifetime.

Is agile an urban legend and waterfall a taboo in project management?

Stamping a project as agile does not guarantee a successful execution; flagging a project as a waterfall does not ensure a failed implementation either. For me, agile is about iterative but speedy design to delivery, and waterfall is about too many iterative steps from planning to execution. I see agile projects as more quantitative (XYZ projects, X backlog items, Z releases) while waterfall is more qualitative (detailed explanation of ideas and too many discussions about each project). The IT industry today treats waterfall as something old while agile is cool which then in forces leaders, managers, and individuals to learn and embrace agile methodologies and making words like “waterfall” as taboo. I think it is a mistake to drop waterfall for agile. Just as we cannot drop qualitative thinking for quantitative ones or vice versa, it is important that both waterfall and agile concepts mesh together in our project management approach. We should drop the words of “waterfall” or “agile” in labeling projects, but we must always think as “agile” and deliver a successful “waterfall” project.

b2b companies should hire like b2c

I believe that an effective strategy for b2b (business to business) companies to innovate and grow is by powering their talented resources as if they are b2c (business to consumer) clients. That’s because the current generation of talents, millennials and post millennials, are digital consumers armed with the power of social networking and digital-everything. If b2b companies makes them feel cool and hype, the products they develop will be cool and hype, and the customers, young or old, could double down on such businesses because such companies are meshing modern and trustworthy professional experience. The only caveat is that b2b companies must have an organic feeling of doing this by seriously perfecting new talent acquisition and more seriously transforming their products and services quickly. Anyway, saying it versus actually doing it is not the same.

Give or Take

There are two types of people. Those who give more than they take, and those who take more than they give. The ratio between give and take can vary from zero to infinity such as zero giving and all taking or no giving but all taking. I think that knowing where you stand in such a formula can make a huge difference in one’s own life accomplishments and everyday human interactions. Life nurture such as experience can dynamically and actively influence the change in ratio between giving and taking, while life nature, basically age and genetics, can yield an uncontrollable and more slower impact or hardly a change in behavior. In couple of weeks people will once again plan their new year resolutions. Do consider the giving versus taking ratio formula for the years to come. Hopefully it should be seriously more on the giving rather than the taking side, not 50/50!

Are you a scuba or a skin diver

Both scuba divers, those with oxygen bottles under water, and skin drivers, those floating over the water looking down with snorkeling masks, can find treasure. Which one can be like you? A scuba diver would stay deep under water but can’t stay long because the oxygen in their bottle is limited and their equipment is heavy over the water. The skin diver carries light equipment and can cover more surface area because they breath unlimited air but they can’t search deep down underwater like scuba divers. When it comes to research and learning opportunity in the workplace, which one can be you? The answer is in nature. Watch how the cormorants birds that dive deep under water does it with speed and focus then think of its approach as an opportunity for you to do just that in your next project 

#education #digitaltransformation #research #innovation

Sum not necessarily better than its parts

The sum of all parts does not always make it better than its parts. Take the words “block” and “chain” in blockchain. Blocks in toys were invented as early as the 1500s way before Minecraft made history with its digital blocks. Chains were used in 225BC to draw buckets of water and, in 16th century, Leonardo Da Vinci sketched the first steel chain. Such inventions took ages to popularize, but blockchain is not an invention. It is a valuable functionality that, if we just treat it as such and not as some grandeur product, we can really invent products that make use of it. Let’s take a simple pragmatic approach and not force ideas for the sake of ideas to deploy blockchain. Da Vinci or Minecraft players will probably second that idea.