31. May, 2018

Hype cycles and personal change ...

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A nice, sunny and pretty quiet public holiday in my area of Germany (sorry not all over Germany 🙂) today. And the following topic comes to my mind, more by accident than by planning. Gartner is putting all the technology trends and hypes into their yearly Hype Cycle, see  https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/top-trends-in-the-gartner-hype-cycle-for-emerging-technologies-2017/ for example.

One of the hypes on the downturn side of the 2017 curve is Blockchain. There are endless stories about the pros and cons of Blockchain (I do not want to go into details here) and luckily the number of phone calls from foreign countries is finally going down and I am not requested to buy Bitcoins or other Blockchain currencies anymore 😉. BUT now the next trend is starting off, functionality or solutions based on Blockchain technology. The following two just came up in my inbox in the last week:

  • Dockhttps://dock.io/ - "Connect Your Information Across the Web. Dock connects your profiles, reputations and networks into one sharable source using blockchain technology."
  • DBF connecthttps://token.dbfconnect.io/ - "A Decentralised People and Innovation Network. Connect - Collaborate - Benefit."

I had no time yet to really look into the pros and cons of this trend and still need to find my personal "What is in it for me?", to get prepared for a change. On the other side I am not really an Innovator or Early Adopter kind of guy (https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/understanding-early-adopters-and-customer-adoption-patterns), so there is still some time left to get going 👍. 

Next topic similar story. All my customers are complaining about the shortness of good software development candidates, but they are not really willing to relax their requirements, to extend the potential market for great talent. The Indian universities are delivering a lot of good talent every year, but the graduates are not speaking German, what is a hard prerequisite for most customers, to get a development job in Germany. So bringing more Indian students to Germany for studies or German language courses as part of the university studies in India could be an idea? But on the other side Germany as a country to work in has to get much more attractive in comparison to the desired countries like USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. --> So same story "What is in it for me?" and how fast do you adjust to a different environment?

Finally SAMSØ – DENMARK --> "In 1997 Samsø won a national competition and became Denmark's Renewable Energy Island. The challenge: To be 100% energy self-sufficiant within 10 years. The island succeded and by 2007 the island were self-sufficiant due to a combination of windmills, biomass district heating plants and improvements on transportation and energy conservation." A great example, how to involve a whole island and find "What is in it for me?" for everybody participating and to adjust to the new environment in the personal speed. See more details at:

Simple ideas are easier to understand. Ideas that are easier to understand are repeated. Ideas that are repeated change the world. Simon Sinek, (born October 9, 1973) is a British-American author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant.

Thanks to INCIDENTAL COMICS for Mindfulness http://www.incidentalcomics.com/2018/05/mindfulness.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FPQsGM+%28INCIDENTAL+COMICS%29