Mogic Thinking

A combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots.
We are promoting a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of that process with you in this section.

President Yoichi Yamane

A thin layer of paint

Mogic is laid back, perhaps because of the location of Shakujii Park.

The reason why I'm taking it easy is because when you start something, you start out with something shabby, and then you tinker with it for a year, and then you take two years, three years, four years, and more than four years to make it a full-fledged thing.

So don't be afraid to try to make something perfect from the start.

Sometimes it may be better to be fussy, but sometimes it's difficult because members are more interested in enjoying a laid-back life.

The company that started with one person gradually grew in number, and at some point we started having management meetings to discuss the entire company.

This conference is now likely to exceed 200 times.

The regular meetings of the e-learning system LearnO have probably exceeded 300 times.

This is the fifth evening meeting to talk with local people in falafel, the fifth year for the woodworking club to make equipment for the company, the second year for roasting coffee beans, and so on.

All the while, we continue to make steady progress.

Even the smallest amount of progress is good enough to move forward.

I sometimes think that hiring, training, service, work environment, and everything else is a real competitive advantage to be spread a little bit thinner and thinner every week.


Work with the community (Shakujii)

IT companies tend to be less connected to the area where the company is located.

Because you're not selling anything to people who walk by the company, nor are you dealing in anything tangible.

We'll go to the store for lunch and buy a drink at the store, but I wonder if it's really there in terms of connection.

On the other hand, there is no need to force yourself to get involved with the area where you work, but I still think it's better to get involved in a jumble.

If I meet someone who is working in the same area as me, I want to say hello to him or her as I'm casually walking around, I want to share the current atmosphere with people who have similar feelings in the area where I'm working, and I want to brag about the joy of working here.

Since the company is commercial, it tends to be complete with workers, clients, and partners.

But it's also one of the feelings that I cherish being allowed to operate in this place called Coco.


In a small space, assemble

There is a large space, plenty of materials, and it is very easy to assemble.

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

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

I think the latter is more likely to produce new value or to produce new knowledge that has never been seen before.

This is an abstract example, and to use the Apollo space program as a case study, there was not a lot of space, or time, or plenty of material.

That's why we need to realize various innovations in a compact space, and I feel that's the beauty of people who push the envelope.

What is the company? What is it like to work in a company?

I believe that we can often be more creative because we keep the space small, so it's important to keep it compact and folded.


Time slaves and a warning from the gorilla

Lately, I've been coming across a lot of stories about "peaches" by Michael Ende.

Many of you may already be familiar with the title "Time Slaves".

To quote from wikipedia without spoiling the peach


In a city reminiscent of Rome, time is stolen from the people by gray men who call themselves the Time Savings Bank, and all the leeway disappears from everyone's mind.

But the story of Momo, a girl with the mysterious power to listen to her friends, even if they are poor, and give them back their confidence, and then go on an adventure

In the meantime, I came across an interesting book that also mentions peaches, so I'll quote part of it here.

A warning from the gorilla: "Human society, there is something wrong here

The idea is that time is a cost and can be translated into money.

However, as a result of saving time through the distribution of goods and the sophistication of information technology, we have made our own time, which we have gained, equally subject to efficiency improvements.

Think about how to spend efficiently in order to maximize the satisfaction of one's desires.

Watch movies, watch sports, go shopping, and eat lavishly. Think about how much you can do what you want to do with the money you earn.

But it's the same mindset as the time I saved, so it will never be fulfilled.

Not only that, the more time you have on your hands, the more lonely you become and the more time you have on your hands.

That's because humans are not made to spend time alone in the first place.


He lived a life based on reciprocity, giving his time to his friends and receiving time from them as well.

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

The world is now filled with a lot of hostility and the number of lonely people is increasing.

It's created by the economic concept of time.

Isn't it necessary to turn it into a social time and restore the time of connecting life?

Like the gorilla, I believe that hostility can be dissolved by the time we are together.

One of the most important issues I see in running Mogic is "the sense of fulfillment that people feel today".

If there's something in the company today that makes you forget about time, then I think it's a pass.


No morning meeting, no rally

As the company gets older and becomes more organized, there are morning meetings, pep rallies, camps, credo and mission development, multifaceted feedback, and award ceremonies.

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

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

Probably not even in the future.

Even if I don't do that, I feel that I can focus on not working overtime, continuing to learn new things, taking time off when I want to, following up automatically around for those who take time off, brushing up on services, keeping costs down, and creating value.

What does organizing bring?

From the management's point of view, the more people you have, the more power you have, but it's easy to fall apart, so you want to make it controllable, and from the worker's point of view, you feel more secure, but you don't feel like you're doing things the way you want to.

As for Mogic, we would like to be organized, but with less controllership, so that each person can think and work autonomously and collaborate as a team.


Why accept interns

Very gratefully, Mogic receives over 150 students a year for internship interviews.

Moreover, the internship requirements are long and deliberate, not short-term like summer interns, and the maximum for currently enrolled students is four full years.

Sometimes it's an intern? It is also known as

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

The fun of teaching, the fun of being taught, the fun of bringing information that we don't know about each other, the fun of growing up little by little.

There's an unspoken image of work as a way to endure hard work and do it right.

I don't like that in any way, so I thought I'd share that I can work in a less-than-ideal atmosphere.


Create a canvas that everyone will want to paint on

A project manager in our company told me the other day that he used to think he wanted more good ideas from engineers and designers, but I think it was more about the fact that he was wrong and that he didn't have a canvas that they would naturally want to paint on.

Service creation is a difficult thing.

If you add a lot of common features, you will eventually get saturated.

Rather than being functionally saturated, the thought processes of the project members become saturated.

It's a sense of entrapment: "We can't add any more features.

However, I think this is a self-serving illusion, and since creativity is about creating new perspectives from a limited situation, it's more of a problem for the project members who don't realize that it's decreasing.

I think it's a good team to realize this limitation within the project and be able to change direction in a big way.


Street Piano, Play Me, I'm Yours

More than a decade ago, in a meeting with several people, "What is the most important thing in business? I think it's an added value," he was asked.

The other members commented that they didn't know what it meant, couldn't even picture what it was, and that it wasn't immediately useful.

As the company Mogic was born, and as people gathered and warbled, I feel that the key was the added value.

To digress for a moment and then get back to it, there is a music project that has been going on all over the world lately called "street piano".

Street Pianos

A piano that had been lying dormant in someone's home is retuned, painted, and placed in a public place where everyone can touch it, and then people who come in and play it are somehow drawn to it as they walk by.

It's exciting just to hear the premise, even though there are no intentionally finely designed arrangements.

What's going to happen?

What can I hear?

No one comes? And.

Common sense dictates that the piano should be indoors, such as in a house, or likely to be someone's property, and that a performance showcase is at best a neighbor.

The moment it becomes less so is when value is added, and that's where we've taken things from at Mogic.