Mogic thinks

With 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 the process in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane
2021.01.07

Project Driven Training

Mogic has borrowed a bit of wisdom from various educational theories to develop in-house training.

The most commonly used one is project learning, which is running many large and small projects at the same time.

Project learning is where several people get together, decide on a theme and a goal, work out various things within a period of time to produce results, and receive feedback from all over the place.

Once you do this, the work will seem to become yours and teamwork will naturally develop.

However, support roles outside of the project members require a great deal of skill and the ability to observe, advise, anticipate, and persevere in order to "make sure the members get the results they want.

Is the project progressing to the halfway point and the members are not losing heart, losing sight of the significance, or feeling unfulfilled?

And since it is meaningless for the members if the support person is out of touch, he or she must give the best advice at the right time.

Surprisingly, the sense of management of the supporting role can grow very much.

We've been working on so many projects, and we're proud of ourselves that we've never had a setback.

Finally, from the afterword by Naohisa Ichimura, the translator of John Dewey's book
Experience and Education
Experience and Education
https://bookclub.kodansha.co.jp/product?item=0000151271

Dewey points out again and again how much more difficult it is for a teacher to discover material in the experience of students than in the way they follow already established knowledge and methods in teaching a subject.

At the same time, it suggests a viable way to solve the "hard problem," but it also suggests that tracing and understanding its logic requires intellectual effort.

Such intellectual efforts are also required of us teachers in the field of education.
We need to make an intellectual effort.

2020.12.21

Normally, no one notices this blind spot.

Apparently, the human eye has a difficult structure and a blind spot.

It is always complemented by two eyes and processed by the brain, so it is never aware of itself.

How did it happen?
How did the human body get that way?
https://www.kagakudojin.co.jp/book/b457283.html

The most famous example of the design of nature as a snake is the retina, which is possessed by all vertebrates, from fish to mammals.

The photoreceptor cells of the vertebrate retina are turned backward.

In other words, the wire part is facing the light, and the light collector, the photoreceptor, is facing inward, with its back to the light.

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Interestingly, the retinas of cephalopods such as octopuses and squids are not inverted.

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There is another snarky design in the human eye that is worth talking about.

It is a structure called the optic nerve papilla, which is located right in the middle of the retina.

The optic nerve papillae are located on the surface of the retina and form a small circle with no photoreceptor cells.

This creates a "blind spot" in each eye. Normally, no one notices these blind spots.
Nope.

I have a blind spot, but I feel like I don't.

This message is a very important checkpoint in teamwork and new business.

Humans are not perfect, and even the best of us have holes in us.

However, inevitably, when a project is underway, the members become fixed, and someone's opinion becomes stronger, and it may seem as if it is always the right answer.

If people around us feel uncomfortable, we should try to shine a light on it, even if it's just a little bit.

2020.12.14

Bento OBENTO

Around this time last year, when I was walking around Paris for training, I felt that I was coming into contact with a lot of information about Japanese culture.

As I walked from the hotel to Montmartre Hill, I saw posters of Hatsune Miku's European version everywhere, and when I returned, I was served a drink that looked like green tea for breakfast.

When I was chatting with the front desk clerk at the hotel, she gave me a lip service and said, "I know the ticket is expensive, but I would like to go to Japan someday. I know some people there.

So I read the blogs of Japanese people living in the area and found out that Japanese culture, especially bento obento, has been very popular since a few years ago.

There have been times when other children have eaten my child's lunch.

It is true that in other countries, people often put apples, bread, and cheese in a bag or more.

There seems to be a lot of background behind the popularity of bento, but what I personally found most interesting was how bento OBENTO is a very Japanese idea.

In this case, "Japanese" is synonymous with "the ability to squeeze all sorts of meanings into a small space.

In the tea ceremony room and in the garden, there are few things, but there are many overlapping meanings.

It is interesting to decipher it.

It is hard to find something like that in the world, and I feel that it is ingrained in the Japanese sensibility.

Something big and fancy would be nice too.

Something small and beautiful would also be nice.

I sometimes hear from other business owners about their longing to be part of a giant corporation.

However, in a future where the world's birthrate is declining and the population is aging, and resources are becoming an issue, I wonder if that is what Japan is aiming for with its competitive advantage.

We don't just need arguments, we need proof.

2020.12.07

Because it's more convenient to look things up.

Sometimes I think of myself as a student and try to find out what I want to know.

These days, it's convenient and you can get a rough idea of what's going on, even if it's a little wrong, not only from books but also online.

Unlike books and magazines, the granularity of the information is not skimpy, which is also a good thing.

I happened to look up "animal species" a while ago, and according to wiki

Other eukaryotes include plants, fungi (mushrooms and molds), and protists.
Based on the findings of molecular genetics at the end of the 20th century, living organisms can be divided into three categories: eubacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes (three-domain theory), of which animals belong to eukaryotes, and other eukaryotes include plants, fungi (mushrooms and molds), and protists.

In addition, protozoa (e.g., zooxanthellae, fruit flies, amoebae, etc.), which are part of protists, are a different lineage from the animals (metazoans) referred to in this paper, and it has been found that they have multiple lineages.
Protozoa

I see. Next, we will look at information about "eubacteria". The same

The cell membrane is composed of fatty acid esters of sn-glycerol 3-phosphate.
It is defined as a prokaryote with a cell membrane composed of fatty acid esters of sn-glycerol 3-phosphate.

Together with the archaeal domain and the eukaryotic domain, they divide the whole biological world into three parts.

When compared to eukaryotes, the structure is very simple.

However, they exhibit far more diverse metabolic systems and nutrient requirements, and their habitats extend into all environments considered to be the biosphere.

The amount of life is enormous.

They are also closely related to humans as intestinal bacteria, fermenting bacteria, or pathogenic bacteria.
We have a lot of relationships with humans as intestinal bacteria, fermentative bacteria, or pathogenic bacteria.

Okay, so not just animals, but non-animal "viruses" as well.

It consists of a protein shell and a nucleic acid inside.
It is an extremely small infectious structure that uses the cells of other organisms to replicate itself, and is composed of a protein shell and the nucleic acid inside.

There is some debate as to whether they are living organisms or not, as they do not have cells, the smallest unit of life, or their biological membrane, the cell membrane, they do not have organelles, and they are not self-propagating.

Double-stranded DNA virus (dsDNA)
Single-stranded DNA virus (ssDNA)
Double-stranded RNA virus (dsRNA)
Single-stranded + stranded RNA virus ((+)ssRNA)
Single-stranded-stranded RNA virus ((-)ssRNA)
Single-stranded RNA reverse transcription virus (ssRNA-RT)
Double-stranded DNA reverse transcription virus (dsDNA-RT)
dsDNA-RT

There's no end to it if I continue, but it's good to know there's no end to it.

It makes me feel that what I do on a daily basis is just a small part of what I do.

Looking at it the other way around, a little bit of something is very precious, so I have no choice but to enjoy it.

2020.12.01

What will cause externalities in the future

I started with a difficult word: externality.

Economic terms, according to Wiki.

Externality refers to the fact that the decisions (actions and economic activities) of one economic entity affect the decisions of other economic entities. In general, economics assumes that the decisions of one economic entity do not affect the decisions of other economic entities, but in reality, there are cases where the influence of other economic entities cannot be ignored. However, in reality, there are cases where the influence of other economic agents cannot be ignored, and the concept of externality was devised to deal with such cases.

It will be.

I know I'm making a difficult statement about something so obvious, but simply put, "When someone does something, someone else may be affected in an unexpected way. Let's take a look at all of them together.

For example, when too many trees are cut down in the mountains, the sediment flows out, gradually reducing the nutrient content of the water, which in turn reduces the plankton in the estuaries and prevents the catching of fish. If the lumberjacks' interests alone are taken into account, the fishermen will be unexpectedly affected.

In business, I think it is very important to look at the possibility of externalities that will happen someday rather than externalities that happen now.

I'm quoting from something that just suggested an externality that will be created in the future.

Woohoo!
Extreme Economy
https://www.harpercollins.co.jp/hc/books/detail/13405

Urbanization is a prime example of a future that we know for sure is coming.

In the 1950s, more than 70 percent of the world's population lived in rural areas.

The problems considered in economics were rural problems for most people.

Over the years since then, towns and cities have grown and shrunk as a result of the migration of people.

2007 was a notable year in which the world's urban population exceeded its rural population for the first time.

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By 2050, the pattern of a century ago will be reversed, with 70 percent of the population living in urban areas.

The economy of agglomeration, once discussed by Alfred Marshall, will become even more powerful.

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The most important trends for the next decade are aging, technology, and inequality.

These are three common global trends that are already causing great concern and are likely to intensify in the future.
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In both cases, I feel that the importance of new education will increase.

I don't know what the future holds yet, but I hope to sincerely learn what is newly born.

2020.11.10

Intuition about the company

It has become common to do fitness and workout and take detailed data with body composition scales.

You can see not only the overall body fat, but also the variation in individual numbers such as right arm or left leg, which makes it easier to make your next plan.

Even if you don't lose weight, if you find that you gain muscle mass and lose fat mass, it will help you manage your health in the long term.

A company, just like a body, can take detailed data and analyze it.

From trial balance and financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement), to KPIs set according to the characteristics of each business or division, capital efficiency and burn rate related to leverage, and valuations related to corporate value.

There are many of them, and you can choose and combine them as you like. You can use the combined indicators as a benchmark to manage your company's health.

However, there is a limit to how much we can look at a company from the same perspective as a person.

The reason is simple: a person can only grow to a certain size, whereas a company can get bigger and bigger.

When you have one worker, ten workers, thirty workers, one hundred workers, and one thousand workers, you need a completely different perspective and a different combination of data for each.

Or when you have one, ten, a hundred, a thousand clients... The same applies.

It is quite common to use the same indicators and stance as before and find yourself in a strange situation.

So what do we do? We want to keep the place comfortable for ourselves, so we need to discontinuously change the way we run the company.

In order to maintain an environment where ideas can be tested and discussions can be held with mutual trust, systems, and methods of communication will be replaced in a jiffy.

The design and timing of these areas cannot be made from numerical indicators that can be seen continuously, so we will have to follow our intuition.

2020.10.06

The dimly lit mass of Orion

Before and after something is invented, the same landscape can look completely different.

Until the invention of the telescope, the night sky was believed to be a myriad of twinkling stars, and when you looked through a telescope, you could see that the stars had bumps and rings.

The Hubble Telescope
The Universe as Seen by the Hubble Telescope
https://natgeo.nikkeibp.co.jp/nng/sp/hubble2/

Astronomers have been observing the universe for the past several thousand years, trying to unravel its intricacies.

Most of them are by the naked eye.

In the early 17th century, a revolutionary tool was invented that would radically change this situation: the telescope.

Galileo and others realized that the telescope could do much more than just magnify objects.

Dark objects appear brighter (improved light-gathering power) and obscure views appear clearer (improved resolving power).

Galileo was well aware of how convincing concrete, tangible things can be.

The Milky Way can be broken down into individual stars, and it is now clear that the dimly lit mass of Orion and the Pleiades are actually a collection of stars.

The stars were quite dense and faint, so it was impossible to distinguish them with the naked eye.
Woohoo!

The impact of being able to see clearly what was only vaguely visible is huge.

However, it also takes a lot of time to decipher the "meaning" of what you see clearly.

One of the powers of IT is that it is increasing the resolution of social life, with the flow of personal activity data that had never been distributed before.

Activities that had been vague are now clearly visible as data.

However, we often do not know essentially what this data means, and we will probably need a different perspective and theory to decipher it.

2020.09.11

Drink specials section, plaster mold making, LAN cable making

Most of the time, I can hear people talking somewhere in the day, and when I go there, I find several people cooking or eating something.

In the office, tea and juice are provided free of charge, but that's not enough to make things interesting, so last month, a team called the Drink Special Selection Club started volunteering to carefully select and prepare drinks that are popular and outrageous.

Watermelon juice, a cup of juice from a lemonade specialty store, and other juices are compared and enjoyed, and become topics of conversation in the company's online chat rooms.

On another occasion, I saw a group of people laughing as they put their hands in a small bag, and I wondered what they were doing. Apparently, they liked the squishy feeling.

Another time, we moved and ran out of LAN cables, so we assigned all employees to make LAN cables as a mandatory task.

It's just the right level of difficulty and work time, so we make them while saying, "Oh, you're so handy," or "I'm so frustrated with my mistakes.

They all use a lot of IT, but they also like to enjoy it with their five senses.