Innovation Engine Running on Empty

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Livemint pointed me to a research paper that said it is indeed becoming harder to achieve the innovation that everyone expects.  One of their findings is this:

“The number of researchers required today to achieve the famous doubling every two years of the density of computer chips is more than 18 times larger than the number required in the early 1970s.”

This isn’t the first article that I’ve read that says innovation is becoming more difficult.  But is it correct? Continue reading “Innovation Engine Running on Empty”


The Japanese instituted something called a pod hotel or a capsule hotel.  As Wikipedia states:

A capsule hotel (??????? kapuseru hoteru), also known as a pod hotel, is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require or who cannot afford the services offered by more conventional hotels.

One of the key things to keep in mind is the idea that this is intended to be for “basis overnight accommodation“, not a long term stay.  In the business world there is a similar concept called “hoteling“, but some companies completely screw it up. Continue reading “Hoteling”

NaNoWriMo Time – Part 2

Yes, another NaNoWriMo post.  If you’d like to ignore it, be my guest, I just need to get this off my chest.

Why do I write?  There are a lot of reasons, I’m just not sure of all of them.  I started young, grade seven or so, when I started writing stories.  I think it was to combat the fact that I was in my seventh school in seven years.  My father worked on the railway and I moved around a lot so I never had a consistent set of friends.  Books were my source of entertainment and the characters in those books friends. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Time – Part 2”

NaNoWriMo Time!

It’s November 1, NaNoWriMo time.  For those that aren’t aware, November is the time when over 300,000 people try to write a 50.,000-word novel.  November only has 30 days so that means a pace of 1,667 words per day.  And when viewed in that perspective it doesn’t seem like much.  I mean, I probably write that many words in emails every day.  Some days more.  And these daily notes?  500+ words.  But a novel? Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Time!”

A Brand New World

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The world is changing, we all know that.  We can even say that the perceived rate of change is faster than ever.  Once again that seems pretty obvious.  But how is it really changing?

The Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances estimates that for 2017 there are going to be 17,385 mergers and acquisitions with a value close to $2.5 trillion dollars.  And that’s just in North America.  The number one merger in North America in since 2000?  America Online taking over Time Warner.  The number four merger?  AT&T taking over Time Warner last year (still pending approval).  Organizations are purchased, changed, purchased again like properties in Monopoly. Continue reading “A Brand New World”

Servant Leadership
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As Wikipedia says, Servant Leadership is a philosophy:

Traditional leadership generally involves the exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid.” By comparison, the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. Servant leadership turns the power pyramid upside down; instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people.

I’m sure we’ve all seen examples of the “top of the pyramid” form of leadership, but have you seen examples of servant leadership? Continue reading “Servant Leadership”

People Don’t Understand DevOps

What is DevOps?  What is it that is so difficult for people to grasp?

First of all, I think we all need to understand that DevOps isn’t a single thing.  It is a variety of things, that when run in concert, create the DevOps experience.  If you miss out on one of those you will probably still call yourself DevOps but you’re not quite fully realized.  If you are missing out on more than one?  Then you are farther away then you think. Continue reading “People Don’t Understand DevOps”

48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.  A book which, supposedly, is highly regarded by inmates and celebrities.  Criminal celebrities?  Celebrity criminals?

It is an interesting book in that it tries to encapsulate all of the “laws” that seem to be floating around in your personal and/or business life and enumerate them.  The book is not perfect.  It is sometimes contradictory, but it makes you think, even if you don’t agree. Continue reading “48 Laws of Power”

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I was driving home from work and a car in front of me went from the right lane to the middle lane, to the left lane and turned, all in the space of twenty meters.  I was quite surprised at how late the person was at understanding that they needed to be in the left lane. A couple of blocks later someone else did the same thing.  Closer to home?  From the left to the right lane and turned but they forced the bus to stop as they weren’t really in the right lane at all when they turned.

Why don’t people driving plan their routes better? Continue reading “Plan Or Fail”

How Many Environments Do You Need?

Let’s assume that you are part of a project team creating a new product – The Whizbanger – and you’ve just completed your major release.  It’s in.  It’s complete.  What’s next?

Well, in some organizations, the product is passed off to the maintenance team.  But you’re in a progressive organization where the product team does everything:  all major releases, minor releases and bug fixes.  So the next step is obviously to fix bugs and work on the next release.

Oh, you’re not in progressive organization?  That would mean that you are handing off the application to a maintenance team that will do bug fixes and perhaps minor releases while your team … works on the next major? Continue reading “How Many Environments Do You Need?”