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

June 26, 2023

I'm still having trouble with the basics.

Ask someone else to do the job.

Such basic things are what bother me the most.

They want something like this to be made by when, and in that way.

As long as the requirements are communicated, it should be enough to organize them.

I told them without omission, without delay, and without missing a beat, he said.

But, well, that is what can go wrong.

It's not what I expected, it's slower than expected, I told you.

If so, we must consider more than organizing.

That said, this is troubling.

Since this is my first time, should I be sincere with him face to face?

No, or maybe I should make a little joke.

He's the usual guy, but he seems, I don't know, quite busy, I wonder if he's okay.

The way he speaks is the same, but why the muffled face?

If you want to cut it out, would you prefer Monday morning first thing, but Wednesday afternoon first thing?

I can make do with note-taking, but yes, I might be happy with a non-skimpy document.

I wonder if your voice conveys a sense of urgency, yes, without daring to say so.

I'm glad you understood quickly, but I wonder if the follow-up is too much.

If you care about it, it will overflow endlessly.

But even this has its limits.

I can't think that hard. My head is punctured."

So I have one piece of advice.

Think back to all the jobs you've been asked to do.

There are people who had an easy time doing it and people who had a hard time doing it.

What's the difference?

And.

I'll be in a good mood if someday someone says, "Working with you is easy.

The deadline is blurred by the smile that spills out.

June 19, 2023

Long interview continues

We will be posting long interviews from time to time this year, and I talked about the new "About Creativity" section.

Since the release is still some time away, I'd like to give you a quick preview of what's to come.

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- First, I would like to ask you about "creativity you can hold in your hands." Since Mogic is an IT company, our productions are mainly digital, such as programs and web design. But why do you make calendars and novelties in-house as objects?

Yamane: Why do we have to come up with the idea from scratch, select the materials, create the design, send it to printing, inspect it, package it, and ship it all by ourselves, when a typical company would just add a logo or change the colors?

- Yes, it is. The question arises as to whether it would be better to hire an outside expert to do the work since it would be time consuming and costly for someone in-house to do it.

Yamane: I guess this has something to do with how we view creativity. This is a bit of a detour, but let me start with the background of the times we are currently in.

Today, we are overflowing with things. So it is easier to buy things than to make them, and if I were to count the number of times I have experienced making something new from scratch with my own hands in a year, I would say less than three.

I might install a new application or change the pattern or shape a little, but mostly I combine things that someone else has made. It's not that there is anything wrong with combining things, it's just that we live in a very convenient world.

But when that becomes the norm, I wonder how we can learn about the feelings and processes of those who are trying to create something. It is not possible to create something from scratch in the true sense of the word, but I try to create something as close to a zero base as possible.

When you just buy something, it is difficult to realize why they decided to make it or how they wanted to express themselves. I guess we try to make them ourselves in order to trace the feelings of the creator.

It's like we are trying to build from scratch, taking time to confirm what we want and what we are comfortable with one by one.
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Somehow, when I look back on what we talked about later, I feel like a stranger.

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June 12, 2023

All aboard, leave the rest to me

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

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More people won't make it faster.
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When developing new functions in a program, we build on top of the structure that already exists.

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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.

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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. Such temporary compromises due to pressure and other factors are called "technical debt" as a kind of debt or liability.

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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.
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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, even if they do not say so, that they are in a state of maximizing 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

A salt-connected bond

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.

Why is that? I finally understood when the intercom rang in the evening when I was talking to him and it crossed my mind that maybe something not good was happening.

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.