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Month: April 2018

the top position

The net doesn’t grow old like you do. Maybe you entered in the world of internet 20 years ago, and in these 20 years you matured, you learned the etiquette, you started defining an opinion about what’s good and bed on the internet what should be done and what could be avoided.

This growth that you had doesn’t happen globally. People enter the web at different times and ages, and they all go through that kind of growth.

It’s not like there’s a base conscience where everyone knows we should stop writing in caps. No.
There will always be someone that’ll write with caps and make people upset.
Then he/she will learn about it. And in a couple of years they’ll be the one pissed off by some stranger writing with caps lok on.

That’s why to me it’s clear that, from time to time, people will still need to relearn the kindness of entering of another person house. Maybe you have a good position on google for many reason, and they want to build up on that. It’s common, we all think it’s a viable way to get some kind of free promotion, but would you do it in real life?

Would you step into a shoes shop and sell your shoes to the customers of this shop?
I don’t think so. 
But that’s a lesson we’ll all learn, someday.

a day in another office

I work for a company that has 4 offices in the same building. These offices are splitted among skills, not teams, so they are highly specialized.

I’m in the dev’s office, and although crowded, I like it. 

This week though I decided to work from the Project Managers office.
Why?
When someone heads over to you asking for help you often see that as a annoyance, because from your point of you they don’t understand the value of your time. Which is true, but at the same time they also have their problems.

By separating the offices we’re effectively splitting the company into small groups that cannot be bonded together.
So I wanted to work for a couple of days into a different office to feel what it’s like to be there, what’s their problems what are their issues. 

It helped, I got an insight on how they work and how they are trying their best to improve.
I might have took different paths, but aside from this they’re trying their best as everyone in the company is doing, which is of great help.

We tend to see the people we don’t know or of which we don’t have a background as enemies.
But once we’re in their shoes, we see we are on the same boat.

learning path

What’s your learning path?

We live in a constantly changing world, what are you going to do? How do you plan to adapt, to increase your skills?

Some jobs are naturally bounded to learning, some more than others, while some jobs are more prone to relaxing. You do what you do because the business pressure is high and you get paid anyway.

But what if you could transform that high pressure day-2-day life in a low pressure by learning some new things?
We get flooded by request, but it’s when we are flooded by requests and tasks that it’s time to sit back, relax, and understand what we can do to reduce the amount of work while improving the work we do.

no reviews left

We live in a world saturated with reviews, sometimes I feel like I can’t choose anything without a review.

Sure, they’re somewhat helpful if you remove the paid reviews, but yet, didn’t you tried something with no review?

I was thinking that I have a small passion for shaving “old style” and I somewhat introduced a dear friend of mine to this passion.
Between the two I’m always the one trying new things and sharing it with my friend. I’m fine with it, but the nice thing is that each time I make a leap, because I am not always sure about the reviews. Sometimes they’re there, sometimes they’re not.

But that feeling, that leap that you do when you try something totally new, it’s not ok to leave it as a thing of the past. Don’t wait for a review. Test your skills.

nasty bugs and the scientific method

Today I found and fixed a really nasty bug, one that was difficult to find.

Before me, 4 different people were contacted. These people were internal employee of the company  having the bug, while I was an outside consultant.

Now, if this seems like I’m bragging, fear not, I hate this. 
I hate this because I see how much a simple situation could have been already fixed in a matter of time.

Let’s rewind for a second.
4 different people, employees. No one  helped. All commented giving “generic” directions.
I was asked to help, I did it. They didn’t want me to get access to the source, to the machine having the problem, not without the paperwork.

Ok I say, give me the paperwork. They explain to me the process of obtaining the papers to sign, but they don’t give me that paper.

I find a way around it to test it so that I (a consultant) help them and in the end I get to find the bug, understand the reason why it happens, and fix it.

Nice little story, isn’t it. But the sad truth is that anyone could’ve found the line and the object that caused the bug, if only they spent time analyzing using some kind of basic scientific method + some exlusions to reduce the variables.

What they might have not been able to find is the reason, but the culprit? It was in plain sight. 

But no, an entire company, with 100 skilled people couldn’t do it.

I always felt like we, as humans, were meant to go against the system, to fight for all the situations where we were caged, abused, abandoned.
But it’s not the system fault. We are the fault.

We are afraid to make mistakes, to lose. We want to show off, to be in the rules.
We are the system.
And it’s not the system’s fault.

The difference between an aspirin and the help from a chiropractor

Your back hurts, you can’t move freely. Suddenly you watch tv and here it goes, the solution to everything. Take some aspirin and the pain is gone.

It’s true, but the pain will soon appear again, in the future.
Because you didn’t fix the problem, you fixed the symptom.

This way of thinking goes well beyond pains and aches. What if you apply it constantly in your work, in your life?

What if you could move your thinking from simptoms to systems, what would it change in terms of how much value you add to the world?