Operating Dev

Blurring the line between software development and operations

Operating Dev - Blurring the line between software development and operations

Continuous learning

Image from http://www.signalhillspot.com/work/fueling-your-future-with-continuous-learning.490647There is a lot of emphasis on reducing waste in Lean but one aspect that is as important, if not more, is the drive for continuous learning. So much so that I think that “lean” is a misnomer for a process that fosters a culture where kaizen is the highest order of emergence in the organization that successfully adopt it.

Few years ago, I came to a personal realization that learning is what makes my life worth living (alongside with my family and friends). At the time I wrote an article in which I declared “I learn for a living!” and threw away measurements putting my skills against some kind of grading scale – I realized that such scales turn my goal into a race for an award represented into a grade and take away the intrinsic motivation I feel when I push myself to learn something for the sake of learning and the sense of mastery that follows.

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Life as a Service – Can technology fully commoditize the access to our skills, thoughts, ideas – even our lives?

Image from http://purwadhikanusantara.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/cloud-world-a-service-centric-world-english/I’d like to propose a new paradigm to describe the impact of the cloud and related services on our world. I think we’re unconsciously changing our lives to adjust to a world in which many things are delivered to us as a service – that is in bits and bytes according to our needs, schedule and budget. Unfortunately we’re still not aware what its implications are and if we need to be wary of the changes or welcoming them. It seems to me we’re developing a hunger for more and more services and we’re slowly adopting service oriented lives.

It used to be that in order to get something done in our lives we had to spend considerable time to obtain and learn the tools needed for the task, prepare an environment to do the work in and then hopefully get enough time left to complete the task. But then some folks realized they can start delivering the tools and means to us so we ended up with broadcasting services like TV or radio, pizza or newspaper delivery, etc. We still had to turn on the TV and choose what to watch or open the pizza box and eat, but we no longer had to put the preparation time compared to say going to cinema or a restaurant.

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