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3 Innovation for our Team

I recently wrote this to propose some changes to our team . I have altered some content to protect our company privacy though.

There 3 major changes that I would like to propose to improve the productivities and competitiveness of the team:
1. Moving to Agile Software Development Methodology
2. Automate and enforce better control in Deployment
3. Speed up Product and User Interface Design & Standard

Both #2 and #3 are crucial for #1.

1. Going Agile
Agile methodology matches our environment greatly where change is unavoidable, shorter product cycle seems to be less risky and frequent inspections on progress and product deliverables are most appropriate.

It can be the greatest evolution for the development team to redeem our reputation of being competitive and productive even as a small team. Also, it will cushion the impediments like poor planning, miscommunication, incomplete design and still-lots-to-be-improved coding.
Followings are the high-level plan for us to go agile:
a) To present th…

Reading & Learning

I am feeling overwhelm these days on how many things I can learn through reading:
- How many books I need to buy and read.
- How many blog posts I need to read.
- How many online magazine or articles I need to read. - How many different skills I need to brush up - all skillsets in product , people , communication , leadership , writing & presentation & public speaking, management , entrepreneur, creative and innovative thinking.

And the world is so full of knowledges and each day, fantastic people are sharing their experiences and knowledges with us through blogs, articles, interviews and books.
And I really want to learn a great deal, and continue my blog posting to improve myself in writing and also to track what I have learnt.
So, here is the round-up of what are coming up soon on my blog. Would like to take sometimes to absord the materials and do more research and evaluation based on my own experience.
1. Why jerks always rise to the top?
2. The google story
3. The dip: when to q…

Lesson from God: Should Lucifer be forgiven?

Back to my stories on How Good People Turn Evil where I asked 2 questions in http://susan-passionateaboutlife.blogspot.com/2007/05/lucifer-effect-understanding-how-good.html. I have been doing a lot of thinking on this after the post.

I have no answer to it, but it turned out I can ask one simple question - "Should Lucifer be forgiven?"
Over the time, I think the word "forgive" is used without much forethrought. It is so easy to ask people to forgive you when you have made a mistake. It also easy to just say yes. But, I suddenly felt that the word "forgive" has not lived up to it meaning so far because of misuse of a lot of people. So, I do a check on my favourite online dictionary and here are the relevant meanings:
1. To excuse for a fault or an offense; pardon.
2. To renounce anger or resentment against.
Resentment makes you look ugly.
I sure do not want to feel anger and resentment towards Lucifer and anybody else who have made mistakes. I definitely do not…

Mount KK - The days before we conquered the peak

5 May 2007 - It is such an amazing feeling to look up at the peak from far, when you know you are going to be there, on the top of the world in the next 2 days. And slowly climbing up , one step at a time, each step drawing you nearer to there.

It does look like a heaven up there......



Without the sunray, the top seems so cold and lonely......



I like mountain hiking a lot because hikers always have a very clear target , that is to reach the peak no matter how hard it takes.
Unfortunately, in life, there are always no clear target. You cannot see the peak easily. You do not know how high you need to climb to reach "there". Sometimes, it is like you are climbing a mountain without a peak.
This makes it even more important to enjoy the journey rather than the outcome in life. Stop and enjoy the moment. Take the longer and more beautiful route even though it will be harder and you reach the peak later than a lot of people. I meant this figuratively and literally as I have taken the …

Fearless - With integrity, I bow to no one

Today, is the first time in these few weeks that I feel my energy seeping back to me again.

Today, I was reborn, with new courage to take on the world and fight against the evil.

I did not feel like I was being victimized anymore because I stand up straight and bow to no one today. I took the courage to fight with integrity even though I may risk something important to me.

I will always remember today. For today, my heart and my soul are combined into one. For today, I am FREE!!!

If Architects Had to Work like Programmers/Designers

This is a humorous letter about "If Architects Had to Work like Programmers/Designers". Note that the Architect in this context is the house/building architect, not the software or IT architect. (IT architect will face the same problem )

As you read through the email, you may feel familiar as if someone told you similar requirements before. :)

Salute to all of us, programmers and designers!!!!

By Mike Morgan

Dear Mr. Architect!
Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correc…

Shift Happen

You probably have read "The World Is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman . It has been labelled the Best Business Book so far.

Analyzing the globalization issue, the author talked a lot about how China and India are changing the way the world is doing business. The competitive playing fields between industrial and emerging market countries are leveling.

Here is another great presentation about this subject.
http://www.slideshare.net/jbrenman/shift-happens-33834

If the world is changing or shifting, so are you. You have to make the changes and be competitive.

Love too Late - Great Song, Great Lyric

This is the first time, I post chinese words in my blog. But I really love this meaningful song and lyric. I guess sometimes, people can learn things from song also, not only books, quotes or other blogs.

Leo Ku's Belated Love (愛得太遲)

我過去 那死黨 早晚共對 各也紮職以後沒法暢聚
ngo guo hui / na sei dong / jo maan gung dui / gook ya jat jik yi hau moot fat cheung joi
I used to spend day and night with my best buddies. But after each of us get promoted, we spend less time now .

而終於 相約到 但無言共對 疏淡如水
yi jung yue / xiong yeuk do / dan mo yin gung dui / soh tam yu sui
When we finally meet, we have nothing to say, its as plain as water

日夜做 見爸爸 剛好想呻 卻霎眼看出他多了皺紋
yat yeh jo / kin pa pa / gong hou xiong san / keok saap ngan hon chut ta do liu jao man
Working day and night, met papa, wishing to complain. Never did I realise his wrinkles have increased

而他的蒼老感 是從來未覺 太內疚擔心
yi ta dik chong lo gam / si chong loi mei gok / tai noi gau dam sam
Never realised that dad is aging. Never did I realise that. The guilt worries me

最心痛是 愛得太遲 有些心…

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Lucifer is the fallen angel commonly associated with Satan. He used to be God's favourite angel.

When God created Adam as his perfect creature, he said all the angels have to honor Adam. And Lucifer refused to do that, and God took that as an act of disobedience, and also a sin of envy and jealousy, and sent Michael the archangel to punish him, and a bunch of other angels sided with Lucifer. Paradoxically God created Hell as a place to put them.

In his book "The Lucifer Effect", Philip Zimbardo analyzed and explained how good people turn evil, using his famous Stanford Prison Experiment, (SPE). The experiment a lot of similarities with the infamous abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. The mock prison he’d set up in the basement of Jordan Hall quickly turned ordinary college students into abusive guards and degraded prisoners, some of whom broke down under the pretend prison’s all-too-real strain. When, decades later, Zimbardo first glimpsed televised images of the inmate ab…

When life goes off course.

There comes a time when every life goes off course. In this desperate moment, who will you be? Will you let down your defenses, and find solitude in someone unexpected. Will you reach out... Will you face your greatest fears bravely, and move forward with faith... or will you succumb to the darkness in your soul.

Shining Through the Tears

It's easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble And it always comes with years. And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.
Author : Irish Proverb

3-Turnoffs for friendship

As described in my earlier post on How to Treat People, I have started to observe people closely on their behaviours. It is a subject that really intrigues me.

My recent observation prompted me to come out with 3 major turnoffs of building close relationship with friends and family.


No. 3 - Complaining & BlamingWhen people complain, it emanates negativity. It also influences those around them to feel as negative as them.Usually, people who complain is also those who blame others. You seldom see people complaining about themselves. Mostly, people are complaining about other people (their bosses, their friends, their partners, etc.) or things that are done by others. Well, there are people who complain about things that are mostly their own faults but they will refuse to take responsibilities. For e.g. a boss complaining about staffs that are not good when he is the one who hire them in the first place.One thing that really turn me off is people who complain about things that will be …

Becoming a Good Leader - Winning, Jack Welch

Jack Welch is definitely a good source of inspiration for all leaders. He turned GE into a winning company despite all the brutal competitions, with GE stock went up 4,000 percent during his leadership.

In his second book I am reading now, "Winning", he amazes me again with his strong focus on leadership and people management.
He always seemed to introduce new cultures and business philosophy to GE and to the world. Fews of these are the importance of values, candor, differentiation, and voice and dignity for all.

He mentioned that in a lots of companies, people management is what's done when there's time left over. I find this to be very true. He devoted one chapter in the book to talk about people management. I will try to put this up in the next blog, after I finish the chapter.

The message from the book can be distilled into two sentences."Before you become a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing ot…

How to Treat People

I recently finished reading the book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. It was probably the best book I have ever read. The book I bought is in the latest printed cover. (I will try to post the picture of the book cover soon) . In my opinion, if everyone read this book and learn how to apply this, this world will become a much better place to live. Note that I am saying 'learn' only. I do not even considering everyone to master the skills described in the book. But if everyone can at least attempt the skills, it will make a lot of differences.

After reading the book, I have made a lot of observations on people. It amazes me how many people do not understand the gist on how to treat people correctly. Not saying enough thank you, not appreciate people's efforts, constantly complaining about every single litte things, always think of oneself first , always blame others first for any problems, etc. Not only not-so-educated people make these m…

21 Irrefutable Laws of Relationship With Your Spouse. Rule No. 3: Law of Paying Attention

The best way to show that you love that person is to pay attention to them. Pay attention to what they tell you. Tickle them. Touch them . Make fun of them.



Everyone seeks attention , especially from their loved one. It is so much fun and so sweet to have someone giving you the attention.




So, starting from now:1. Listen attentively to your spouse. It's a very easy thing to do, but it is often overshadowed by personal thoughts or wants.

2. Whether you are playing games or working and your spouse is somewhere in the same house, go and check on them - call them names, give them a little touch, give them some surprised hugs or kisses.3. Discover their interest. Some people like flowers, some like to hear the words 'I love you.' Still others like to get a feeling - a touch, a hug -- most people like a combination of these. 4. When you are going out with your spouse (alone or with other bunch of friends) , always try to give some attentions to her. For e.g., it will be fun to "…

We do not need project management, we need leadership!

"We do not need project management, we need leadership!". That is one of the phrase I learnt from during one of the symposium I attended recently.

Leadership is very crucial in a company. But it getting harder to find leadership, especially among senior management. Very few people will really take responsibilities on the failures after failures in the company and keep on promising success is very near. But they never really change the way they work or really innovate. Never really see a way out, but just go on with the same old ways and believing that will lead to success.

It correlated back to what I said in my previous post about Making big adjustment in life.
http://susan-passionateaboutlife.blogspot.com/2007/05/making-big-adjustment-in-life.html


Few facts about leadership from this article:
Be a Smarter, Faster, Better Leader
http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1008&SiteId=cbmsn41008&sc_extcmp=JS_1008_advice&catid=wi&…

Some evil people just will not change for the better

There is this fable that prove some people just will not change....

A scorpion wanted to cross the river so he asked the frog to carry him across on his back. The frog protested “Oh no I cannot do that because you will sting me and I will die”. “You will not die” answered the scorpion because if I sting you and you die then I will drown. Convinced by the scorpions logic, the frog relented and agreed to carry the scorpion across the river on his back, but as the frog swam to midstream the scorpion stung him.“Why did you do that?” said the frog “Now we will both die”. “Because I am a scorpion. It’s my nature.” answered the scorpion.
The scorpion showing his good nature to the frog, persuading him to believe he can change.


The frog made his fatal mistake of believing the scorpion will change and let the scorpion climb on his back.

I have to say I learnt from my own mistakes about trusting the scorpion. I am just too naive to believe no matter how evil a person, there are good sides of them…

Making Big adjustment in Life

The other day, I went to dinner with my friend. When I got into my car with her and wanted to get out of the parking, I noticed there is a road metal pole behind my car. It was around one meter in distance away.

I adjusted my car to avoid the pole to get out of the parking. I tried several times but was in vain. Being as stubborn as I was, I continued to adjust my car. Each times it just some inches closer to success.

Finally, my friend declared that she was going to go down and move away the pole. I almost wanted to stop her and assured her that I would make it. I was almost there. But, suddenly, I realized I have been fooling myself all along and was totally disillusioned. It would be much easier for her to just get down and remove it. We were wasting our times, trying to adjust and readjust the car to avoid the pole.

Sometimes, success does not come by making small adjustments, trying to improve an inch more.

Success comes with making big leaps, getting out of your comfort zone, facing…