Proceeding with my writing in more blog style on this page ...

14. Nov, 2019

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No BLOG post yesterday as there was a technical Internet issue in my part of Germany. A combination of my service provider and Google πŸ˜². Unbelievable in 2019, when everybody wants to be always on and the enabling technology is down ...

During my studies back in the good old 1980s I had a lecture about industrial design and the main discussion was, is the key driver for design "form follows function" or "function follows form"? When you are designing a large industrial plant the function definitely drives the form and the main design effort might be related to the color only πŸ˜‰. An infotainment system in the automotive industry is purely driven by form, and the function has to fit into the available space inside the given design. In this example I see the form as the format and the function as the content, just to be clear.

After my studies I did work several years in the mechanical CAD area and we made a clear separation between basic meta data, the drawing format and header plus the content to be filled in the header or to be added on the drawing. All information was only coming together on a Computer screen of by printing the drawing. A perfect way to e.g. rebrand a company over night, you just need to change the drawing formats. Something similar is XML (designed to carry data) versus HTML (designed to display data) files  https://www.w3schools.com/XML/xml_whatis.asp 

Coming to the work environment of 2019, where every manager or project is requesting individual reports about the progress made during a defined period of time. As long as you are meeting the format requirements content does not matter, because it is much more difficult to control and verify anyway πŸ˜‰. What a waste of time, especially in an Agile environment  https://youtu.be/Z9QbYZh1YXY. The supporting tools should be smart enough to collect the necessary content and then the manager or project can fill it into their personal reporting format on their own. Put the pain where it should be, will increase the motivation to reuse already existing reporting formats πŸ˜‰. 

So with respect to Format versus Content for me it should be EITHER OR and not AND. Give it a try. 

 

12. Nov, 2019

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"If you describe someone as living in an ivory tower, you mean that they have no knowledge or experience of the practical problems of everyday life."  https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/ivory-tower 

I assume you know, what the phenomenon is about when you are working in larger and/or internationally active companies. The combination of de-centrally operating units in different regions or countries working with a central organization taking care of standards, processes, tools, mission/vision/purpose, investor relations and budgets for example. The operating units are claiming to have the knowledge and expertise how to run the daily business and doing the "real work". The central, ivory tower guys have the power and are in control, what leads to ongoing conflicts about roles and responsibilities and many other topics. 

Working in the de-central unit you basically have two choices, how to handle the central guidance in different areas of the business. Either push back and do it your own way, or accept the central direction and make it happen sooner or later. If you cannot make it happen (due to local laws, wrong assumptions in the tower, difficult control mechanisms, etc.), you still might have the time and opportunity to collect enough arguments, why the central guidance is difficult or impossible to implement in the region. Exactly, what you need to push back in a second step πŸ˜‰. The more arguments and proof you have, the better for success.

So be self-confident, positive and open for new stuff and change in the region, will also be good for your personal development and benefit πŸ‘.

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. -- Milton Friedman, American - Economist July 31, 1912 - November 16, 2006,  https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1976/friedman/biographical/ 

 

10. Nov, 2019

Highlight of the week was passing the #200,000 overall reader number on Thursday, thanks again for making this happen. 10 month after 100k we also passed 200k.

As a perfect fit to the 200k number the nice and sweet St. Martin's Day bread on the left that I formed today. The official day is tomorrow 11-Nov-19, same day when the Carnival season 2019/2020 starts at 11.11 AM in the Carnival strongholds like Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz for example.

More details about the St. Martin's Day celebration around the world are available from  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day#Celebrations_around_the_world, for the special German version see https://germanfoods.org/german-food-facts/martinstag-st-martins-day/. That collecting sweets and treats seems to have a fascination even for older kids was visible yesterday, when my 16 and 19 year old kids where asking for it as well πŸ˜‰. Singing a St. Martin's song and having a "selfmade" lantern as prerequisite did not hold them back. You can even light up an empty water bottle with the flash light of your mobile phone, what a creativity when you can get some sweets for it πŸ‘.

When I was young we all had candle-lit lanterns, but this tradition was replaced by battery sticks and lamps over time. To avoid any fires in the school or burning lanterns during the procession and it was much easier to handle during rain, as November 11h is not really well known for great weather conditions. But lately the old tradition seems to be coming back and more and more lanterns are candle-lit again, another retro-vintage trend.

I'm the proof - you can't throw away tradition. -- Vivienne Westwood, English - Designer Born: April 8, 1941, https://www.viviennewestwood.com/en/

 

8. Nov, 2019

Picture by http://www.incidentalcomics.com/2019/11/how-to-relax.html 

Some different inputs to think about πŸ˜‰:

TED Playlist: Talks that'll inspire you to unplug  https://www.ted.com/playlists/435/talks_that_ll_inspire_you_to_u 

TED Playlist: Bridging cultural differences  https://www.ted.com/playlists/411/bridging_cultural_differences 

Rising temperatures are just the tip of the climate change iceberg  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/11-000-scientists-warn-climate-change-isn-t-just-about-temperature 

 

IEA says offshore wind set to become $1 trillion industry by 2040  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/offshore-wind-energy-industry 

Watch this 3D printer make a boat in world record speed, at record size  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/3d-print-world-largest-boat 

 

7. Nov, 2019

On 07-Nov-19 at 11:53 PM German time we passed the #200,000 overall reader milestone. Thanks a lot for your support and loyalty. I like it.

As promised the announced celebration video above. And you can download my two eBooks at
https://www.shorturl.at/emM07 two weeks for FREE. Have fun and enjoy ...