Mogic considers

With the combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots
We are promoting a new era of company management.
We hope to share part of this process with you in this corner.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane


Small space, assemble

It has a large space, plenty of materials, and is very easy to assemble.

This is because I don't have to think about many things naturally.

However, when space is tight and materials are limited, assembling them can be a difficult task because it requires trial and error to balance various considerations.

If I had to choose which of the two was more successful in creating new value and producing knowledge that has never been seen before, I would say the latter.

This is an abstract example. If we take the Apollo space program as a case study, it was not a case where there was a large space, time, or abundance of materials.

That is why I feel that various innovations need to be realized in a compact space, and I wonder if that is the beauty of people who push the limits.

What is a company? What is working for a company?

I believe that we can often be more creative because we keep the space small, so I place great importance on keeping it compact and folded.


Time Thieves and Warnings from Gorillas

Lately I have been coming across a lot of stories about Michael Ende's "Momo".

Many of you may have already guessed from the title "Time Thief.

Without spoiling the peach, here's a quote from wikipedia

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Time is stolen from the people by gray men who call themselves "Time Savings Banks" who appear in a town reminiscent of Rome, Italy, and the spare time disappears from everyone's hearts.

The story of the adventures of Momo, a girl who has the magical power to listen to her friends, even if they are poor, and to help them regain their confidence.

In the midst of all this, I came across an interesting book that also touches on peaches, so I will quote some of it here.

A warning from a gorilla: "Something is wrong here, human society"
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The idea is that time is a cost and can be converted into money.

However, as a result of saving time through the distribution of goods and the sophistication of information technology, the time that we have gained for ourselves alone has become subject to the same kind of efficiency.

Consider how to spend your time efficiently in order to maximize the fulfillment of your needs.

See a movie, watch a sporting event, go shopping, eat a lavish meal. Think about how many things you want to do are possible with the money you earn.

But it is the same idea as the time I saved, so it will never be fulfilled.

Not only that, the more time you have to yourself, the more lonely you become and the more time you have.

This is because humans are not designed to spend time alone in the first place.

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They have lived a life based on reciprocity, giving their time to their friends and receiving time from their friends as well.

Happiness is felt with companionship, and trust is strengthened not by money or words, but by time spent together.

The world is now filled with much hostility and more and more lonely people.

It is created by the economic concept of time.

It is necessary to turn it into social time and restore the time for life.

I am not sure that the gorillas are the only ones who have a problem with this, because, like the gorillas, I believe that hostility can be dissolved by time spent together.

In operating Mogic, we see the most important issue as "the sense of fulfillment that people feel today.

If there is something in the company today that makes me forget about time, then I think I have passed the test.

July 20, 2018

No morning meetings, no rallies.

After a company has been around for a certain number of years and has become more organized, some of the things that are implemented include morning meetings, kickoff meetings, training camps, credo and mission creation, multifaceted feedback, and award ceremonies.

In addition, organizational health monitors such as 3-month and 6-month commitments and evaluations may be introduced for each organization/individual.

Mogic has been in existence for less than 10 years, organized and growing in numbers, but has never done them.

Probably not in the future either.

Even without doing so, I feel that I am able to focus on not working overtime, continuing to learn new things, taking time off when I want to, automatically following up around for those who have taken time off, brushing up on my services, keeping costs down, and creating value.

What does organizing bring?

From the perspective of those who manage, the more people there are, the more power they have, but since they tend to be scattered, they want to make the system more controllable.

Mogic hopes to be organized while reducing the controllable parts of the system, so that each individual can think autonomously and work together as a team.


Why accept interns?

Very gratifyingly, Mogic receives more than 150 students a year for internship interviews.

Moreover, the requirements for that internship are not short term like the summer internship, but long and deliberate, and the longest the students currently enrolled in the program have been there for a full four years.

Sometimes I am asked, "Is that an internship? I am also told.

There are several reasons for accepting interns, and it may be inappropriate to say, but we still enjoy sharing our wisdom and discussing it.

The joy of teaching, the joy of being taught, the joy of bringing information that is unknown to each other, and the joy of growing little by little.

There is an unspoken image of work as something that is hard to endure and do exactly as it is done.

I don't like that in any way, so I thought I would share that I can work in an atmosphere where that is not the case.

May 17, 2018

Create a canvas that everyone will want to paint on.

The other day, a project manager in my company told me that he used to think that he wanted better ideas from engineers and designers, but that was actually not the case; he felt that the cause was that he had not prepared a canvas that they naturally wanted to draw on.

Creating services can be difficult.

If you add a lot of common features, you will eventually saturate the market.

Rather than saturating the function, the thought processes of the project members become saturated.

It's a sense of closure, like, "Can't we add any more features?

However, I believe this is a self-serving illusion. Creativity is to create new perspectives from limited situations, and the project members who do not realize this is decreasing are more problematic.

I believe that a good team realizes this limitation within the project and is able to make a major change in direction.


Street Piano, Play Me, I'm Yours

More than a decade ago, in a meeting with a few people, I was asked, "What is the most important thing in business?" to which I replied, "I think it's value-added.

At that time, other members commented that they did not know what it meant, could not visualize what it might be, and could not immediately see how it would be useful.

As the company Mogic was born and people gathered and came to work, I felt that the key was still value-added.

To get back on track after digressing a bit, there is a music project called "street piano" that has been taking place recently in many parts of the world.

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The idea is to take a piano that was sleeping in someone's house, re-tune it, paint it, set it up in a public place where everyone can touch it, and people who come to the piano at that time will wander over and play it, and people walking by will somehow be drawn to it.

That is not a deliberate, finely designed arrangement, but just hearing the premise is exciting.

What will happen?

What can we hear?

Is no one coming? And.

Common sense dictates that the piano should be indoors, such as in a house, and is likely to be owned by someone else, and the performance would be presented only by neighbors at most.

The moment that this is not the case, there is added value, and at Mogic, we have taken that as the starting point for things.

March 06, 2018

D.I.Y (Do It Yourself)

D.I.Y. is a Sunday carpentry term, and to quote from Wikipedia

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DIY is the activity of building, repairing, or decorating something by oneself (i.e., using one's own body), rather than paying someone (a contractor) to do it.

DIY is various activities based on the philosophy of "do-it-yourself".

This is often done in Mogic.

For example, we buy coffee beans and drink them in an espresso machine, but we get tired of that, so we buy green beans, roast them ourselves, make them in espresso pods, and use warm milk as a foam to make cappuccinos, or enjoy your favorite blend of beans and roasting conditions from different regions. We will also enjoy blending your favorite blend of beans from different regions and roastings.

Also, the floor tiles were getting old, so we removed them ourselves, bought a large quantity of tiles, cut them and put them on to create a mosaic.

The door has a different feel, and it is painted over.

It's similar in the corporate world. If the meeting progress becomes boring or uninteresting, we keep adding customizations, and we can even keep the minutes in real time.

If writing notes of phone calls received becomes a chore, web tools can be created, and if an idea for a web service comes to mind, it can be quickly tried out or added to past ones.

Depending on the project, project management can vary from a very slow pace to a fast-paced, driven project, and project management can change rapidly to make it easier for each individual person in charge.

Even in hard business fields such as strategy and marketing, existing frames are difficult to use, so various improvements can be made to make them completely different.

I believe that the culture of the company is the margin in which we can enjoy this.


Let's do it with local production for local consumption.

Although it is not food, Mogic emphasizes local production for local consumption in the management of the company.

To put a finer point on it, we ask a local Ishigami design company to design our brochures, we ask a nearby construction company to do our interior work, we ask local people to do most of what we can do for our accounting firm, our law firm, and our birthday cakes.

Then, strangely enough, you get to know each other and become friends.

We are in the midst of greeting the landlord of the office, the electrician who comes to do the electrical work, and the people from the nearby English conversation class who allowed us to participate in the Halloween procession with their children.

Today I went to a Chinese restaurant that I know well and was served sesame dumplings as a service because it was crowded and I was sorry.

This kind of loose network is the atmosphere of running a business in Ishigami.