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We are promoting a new era of company management.
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June 12, 2023
It is difficult to keep providing a service to someone.
With IT, people say that once you create a program, the rest is semi-automatic and easy, but this is a pitfall.
I found a clear expression, and I quote it
More people won't make it faster.
When developing new functions in a program, we build on top of the structure that already exists.
If we were to compromise temporarily under pressure, it would be ideal if we could take the time to redevelop the product immediately afterwards with the same functionality as the compromised product, with uncompromised quality, but that would be difficult for those on the business side to accept.
After a few years of doing so, the software is in a state where "there is no way to get around to adding any more features. Engineers are highly anxious and stressed about adding features to software in such a state. This temporary compromise due to pressure and other factors is called "technical debt" as a kind of debt or liability.
In other words, it is best to assume that it is impossible to return something that has been made messy and complicated to its simple state.
If you let the momentum carry you, the start is light.
If you keep trying to do this and that for speed, you will get stuck in two years.
Even after searching for highly skilled people, increasing resources, and increasing motivation, the speed, quality, and volume all decrease from the beginning.
The creators, including engineers and designers, know best, without saying so, that they are in a state of maximum invisible technical debt.
In essence, they are paying extra for the interest that technical debt brings.
Yet what happens when ostensibly businesses continue to proclaim their bold strategy of pursuing scale?
Unable to resist the mechanism of an organization that pushes with brute force in the cause of a powerful vision, the most powerful engineers and designers are quitting.
The reason is that there is no way to solve the overshadowing structural problems at the individual level.
Unfortunately, technical debt becomes visible only there.
This is why it is difficult to "keep up" with IT services.
From another angle, I think that if we can continue to provide our services, we are clearing someone else's technical debt on their behalf.
The journey is good, but leave the return to us.
June 05, 2023
I had placed one heaped salt on each side of the outside door to ward off evil spirits in the office, but decided to stop after a break in dealing with the Corona disaster.
When a conical mold is filled tightly with salt and placed upside down, a dignified white mountain is formed.
It was often the case that although it looked beautiful and had a wicked feeling, it fell apart after a while.
In particular, the heaped salt placed outside the first floor door often fell apart, and I wondered why? We were talking about it.
In the evening when I had a thought in my head that maybe something bad was happening, I finally understood when the intercom rang.
A young father's voice says, "Excuse me, the salt on the door, ...... my child touched it and crushed it, ...... it seems unusual. I'm sorry, my child touched the salt on the door and crushed it.
The member replies, "Oh, well, I'll be right there."
As I went down the stairs, I saw no one, indeed, the area around the dish was still cluttered like a sandbox.
Even after that, when people forgot about it, the mountains of salt were broken down without people knowing.
Eventually, even though I couldn't see them, I was convinced that it was a good sign that small children were playing with them.
When I decided to stop heaping salt in this way, I was strangely curious about them.
In this world, there are connections that people do not know they have.
May 29, 2023
A member recently asked me, "I received a rather sketchy request (ball) from a partner, how should I handle this?
In business, work exchanges are compared to catching a ball, expressing that the ball is in the other person's hands and it is coming this way.
A rough ball is probably a consultation where the recipient is unable to take immediate action.
Naturally, it would be nice if we receive an organized story that is easy for us to understand, but we are not necessarily throwing a rough ball to the other party with bad intentions.
I will take up one obvious situation.
If you were buying a house for the first time, what questions would you ask your real estate agent?
He seems to say, "It would be nice if a family of four could live comfortably, supermarkets are nearby, and schools are close by, and I'm also concerned about public safety.
That should seem like a rough enough ball to the other party.
Therefore, there is no malice on the part of the person asking the question, and the cause lies in a different place.
It all started when I casually threw a big ball.
To restate it precisely, it is not casually, but rather, it is something that is thrown because it has to be thrown.
For this to happen, there is a background of gathering information because it is still an unfamiliar field, but without superiority, and being forced to speak to the other party in a bashful manner all together.
If we expect that they will be pleased with the ball, we think they will be pleased if we return the rough ball, which they do not feel bad about, with a clean, organized and less informative ball.
In the real estate agent's words, "First, please list three things that are important to each of the four members of your family. Then, put them in order, number one, number two, and number three. Finally, the four of you can show them to each other and make a unified number 1, 2, and 3 for the family, which will make things easier.
If this is the case, my response was that it might be a good idea to consider one move ahead to improve the rhythm of the opponent, even though it might take some time and effort.
May 22, 2023
Intuitively, we know that adding happiness to happiness does not double happiness.
Probably the same thing would be true for happiness* happiness.
This and similar kinds of things are full of things like satisfaction and hope.
Then, what about those who work?
The number of people who work + the number of people who work = twice the number of people who work.
However, there are cases where the amount of work to be done + the amount of work to be done = not twice the amount of work to be done.
I think one way to go beyond the artificial intelligence boom is to aim for such a place.
May 15, 2023
A kitchen car (food truck) of Jamaican jerk chicken came to our office.
The smoke was billowing as the sweets were made on the spot, and the crowd enjoyed a festive atmosphere for the first time in a long time, competing for a turn at rock-paper-scissors-scissors and coveting the leftover new sweets.
An evil person might ask, "Why do I have to ask you to come all the way to the kitchen car? But if it makes the place we work together more enjoyable, there's nothing wrong with that.
May 08, 2023
What is (having) curiosity? One theory says that it is "the feeling of wanting to fill in the blanks when there is a discrepancy between what you assumed in advance and what actually happened.
Yes, it was really supposed to be this way, but when I think it is strange, I want to investigate the cause and the situation anyway.
I dare to think of the opposite meaning here.
In other words, what does it mean to be "incapable" of curiosity? I mean, what does it mean to "not have curiosity"?
At first glance, this question may not seem necessary, but it is surprisingly often asked.
Then, since it is the opposite of the first definition, there will be "no discrepancy between what was assumed in advance and what actually happened" or "it was not assumed in advance in the first place".
If there is no discrepancy, there would be no desire to investigate anything, so I will eliminate that part and focus on the other "not assumed in advance," which is why it cannot be assumed.
That's because we can't assume anything because we have little or no knowledge of the situation.
Without a minimum of knowledge, it would be difficult to imagine the patterns that are about to occur.
That said, it is not easy to learn something you don't know.
I think it is better to be in an environment where people can naturally learn basic knowledge in order to have curiosity.
Curiosity itself is not the goal, so it is not something I am aiming for, but I think it is more interesting if everyone is excited, so I am creating all kinds of mechanisms to expose people to things they don't know.
May 01, 2023
The rain that blessed the crops has passed, and the sky has become clear and sunny.
As usual, we begin our activities on the roof of the office.
But first, I dozed off in a folding deck chair.
When a swallow flutters on a fluttering cloud or a zelkova flutters in the breeze, something you want to do comes to mind.
Oh, how I wish it had been a while since we've all had a pile of croquettes and a cold craft beer.
Past the Corona Disaster, it is a zorori warm-up.
April 24, 2023
When I wander around markets in old towns overseas, I see all kinds of fruits that I have never seen before, and after asking about them, I soon find myself wanting to eat them.
The soft and fresh aroma spreads, the crunchy and hard texture is soft and sweet, and it melts like custard all over the tongue.
I thought it was the result of the exotic travel experience, but apparently not.
Today, fruits have become a part of everyday life.
Anyone can eat as much as they want.
They are on store shelves all year round, inexpensive, and before you know it, they are shriveled and moldy on your kitchen counter.
Eating fruit is almost obligatory.
Many people say they don't like fruit.
Perhaps it is because the fruits are eaten an average of two or three weeks after harvest.
The global economy demands standardized products, i.e., reliable, uniform, and homogeneous products.
The apples I bought were exactly the same in Borneo, Brazil, Budapest, and Boston.
Many of the fruits we eat are transport-resistant and have been modified to stay fresh for up to ten days under the glaring fluorescent lights of supermarkets.
The result is "cyborg fruit.
Real fruit is delicate and raw and requires careful handling.
Although humans have processed fruit in various ways, fruit is inherently uncontrollable and unpredictable.
Even apples from the same tree have different flavors.
Quality varies depending on what time the crop was harvested.
The sugar content of a single orange changes from one cluster to the next.
That being said, it is obvious.
Newly threshed and freshly milled rice has the smell of earth.
Something is always spilling out of the fruit we always eat instead of always having access to it.
I'll continue the quote for another verse or so.
While a select handful of fruits dominate international trade, the planet is awash with fruits that are inaccessible to humans or ignored and forgotten by them.
For example, pina colada-flavored mango. Orange holomuy strawberries. White blueberries. Blue apricots. Red lemons. Golden raspberries. Some pink-colored cherimoya.
The diversity of fruits is dizzying.
This is not limited to fruit.
Beyond the commodification that efficient distribution brings, abundance is lost.
I wonder what would happen if it were a company, a way of working, education, or a business model.
Just as trees and plants and flowers that are trying to live are remaking their fruit, the more dizzying it gets, the more it seems that there are so many different forms.