Thursday, December 10, 2015

Leadership and The Boiling Frog Experiment - Organization culture

There is a fascinating 19th century science experiment.  As the story goes, researchers found that when they put a frog in a pan of boiling water, the frog just quickly jumped out.  On the other hand, when they put a frog in cold water and put the water to boil over time, the frog just boiled to death.  The hypothesis is that the change in temperature is so gradual, the frog does not realize it’s boiling to death. While the results of the experiment are in question it is a good metaphor for organization cultures.

Indeed, many organisations/companies are unable to see the changes they are affecting them around, specially by competitors and when they do it is usually too late. The business has being highly impacted.

Sources:
Wikipedia: The Boiling Frog
Youtube Video Experiment (used image for this article is a capture from the YouTube Video)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pattent trolling


I heard from the first time about this term “Patent troll” at a conference about competitive intelligence in Paris.
Indeed patents are often used as a PKI in different companies to illustrate their capacity to innovate or about the “status of art” within their R&D department.

Pattent trolling describes people or companies that misuse patents as a business strategy to weak its competitors by the use of third parties. Such a company (or third party) can then launch lawsuits against infringing, or simply hold the patent without planning to practise the idea in an attempt to keep other companies productivity at a standstill. It is even often the case that the company that has been attacked is obliged to put on the table confidential information in front of a judge. All this goes well when you are at the level of a unique country.
However, things become more complex when those information must be supplied to foreign countries where the impartiality/corruption might be at stake.

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Jose Ferreiro is an entrepreneur and a performer with a passion for working to make this world a better place!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Roots of European Civilization (Roma) by Jose Ferreiro

Roma according to the legend was founded by Romulus.
Romulus and Remus were the twins from "Rhéa Sivia" and Mars. Rhéa Silvia was the unique daughter of King Numitor (Albe-la-Longue).

When Amulius took over his brother Numitor. Amulius obliged Rhéa Silvia to become a priestess. He intended by doing to ensure that he will not have any direct descendant to claim to the throne.

But Mars, the king of war charmed Rhéa Silvia and she gave birth to twins (Remus and Romulus). Amelius ordered his servants to kill the new borns. However the servants just thrown away the new borns in a cradle in the Tibre river.  The cradle went away in the river and it stopped by a side of the river far away. A female wolf nursed the twins.
Later a shepherd named Faustulus discovered them in the wolf’s den. Faustulus took them to his home. Romulus and Remus were raised as shepherds but soon their abilities to lead and fight became famous.

One day Numitor found Remus and understood who he was. At this point of time the family was united again. Nevertheless both brothers could not settle for living in “Albe-la-Longue”. Romulus and Remus left to found their own city. However, a fight would break out between the twins. They agreed to establish their city on the same place they were found and rescued. The exact place was not clear in their minds. They decided to question the omens.  Romulus stand up on Palatin and Remus over the Aventin. The city will be setup where the omens will the most favorable. Remus saw first six vultures. On the other hand Romulus saw twelve. The sky decided in favour of Palatine, thus Romulus.

Romulus proceeded to draw the walls of his city. The wall was a simple ditch dug drawn by two oxen. Remus, disappointed not to have been favoured by heaven, laughed at this place. He could easily pass it with a jump.
He went inside the drawn perimeter by his brother (Romulus).

The latter, angered by seeing this sacrilege, drew his sword and killed instantaneously Remus (Dignitas).

Why did I write all this story? So simple, it is to show the values of the root of the European civilisation.

The roman virtues are shown next and they illustrate the roots of the European Civilization (romano germanic).
  • Auctoritas "Spiritual Authority" The sense of one's social standing, built up through experience, Pietas, and Industria.
  • Comitas "Humour" Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.
  • Clementia "Mercy" Mildness and gentleness.
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Dignitas "Dignity" A sense of self-worth, personal pride.
  • Firmitas "Tenacity" Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose.  
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Frugalitas "Frugalness" Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.

  • Gravitas "Gravity" A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.

  • Honestas "Respectibility" The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.
  • Humanitas "Humanity" Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.
  • Industria "Industriousness" Hard work. Pietas "Dutifulness" More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others. Prudentia "Prudence" Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.
  • Salubritas “Wholesomeness" Health and cleanliness.
  • Severitas "Sternness" Gravity, self- control.
Veritas "Truthfulness" Honesty in dealing with others.
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Jose Ferreiro is an entrepreneur and a performer with a passion for working to make this world a better place!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The ultimate private business jet (Gulfstream G650) by Jose Ferreiro

This most beautiful private jet currently in the market. It is the world’s faster private jet and it offers the ultimate in luxury air travel.
Its price tag is $65 Millions. And that is without taking into account the several million dollars needed each year in running costs, such as maintenance, fuel, insurance and crew.

There are only 40 Gulfstream G650 planes in the whole world and there is a three year waiting list for 160 buyers.

The expectation is such that second hand aG650 are more expensive that if you buy a new one. The problem with the new one is that you have to wait. The Gulfstream G650 is the gold standard in business aviation.

Further reading here (Source: Gulfstream manufacturer).

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Jose Ferreiro is an entrepreneur and a performer with a passion for working to make this world a better place!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scrum and Prince2 integration by Jose FERREIRO, certified PRINCE2 PRACTITIONER

Nowadays there is two concurrent and prestigious project management product certifications outside there. One is Project Management Professional (PMP) and the other one is PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) .

After several years of project management experience I decided to test both. Basically, I attended the preparatory courses for both certifications (ISEIG & Learning Tree UK). Finally, I decided that due to the adaptability degree and large possibilities of tailoring, I chose to invest my energy on the PRINCE2 methodology. PRINCE2 better fits in my opinion with a large project scope. I also wanted to take advantage of the Agile Approach to be incorporated within the project management method I use. This related to concepts such as "Scrum" and the Agile dashboard "Kanban".

I found out that it is not difficult to integrate PRINCE2 and Scrum together while in the process of "Managing Product Delivery (MPD)" in its activity "Accept a Work Package"

Basically, a PRINCE2 project proceeds as per the PRINCE2 manual and during the process "Controlling a Stage" in the Activity "Authorize Work Package".

In other words, the PRINCE2 Project Manager (PRINCE2 PM) must be seen as the Product Owner. Indeed he is representing the customer requirements.
In the "Managing Product Delivery (MPD)", the PRINCE2 PM agrees with the Team Manager the work package to be delivered. Once that the work package to be delivered is agreed, thus the Team Manager (most likely the Development Team Leader) may simply implement Scrum during  the "Managing Product Delivery (MPD)" stage corresponding to the current "Controlling Stage (CS)". The Development Team Leader simple assumes that the "Work Package (PRINCE2)" is the "Product Backlog (SCRUM)". The "Product Backlog (SCRUM)" is split into as many sprints as needed and as long as the entire process is completed by the timescales assigned in the Work Package. As noted, the PRINCE2 PM does not play a role in the "Managing Product Delivery (MPD)" stage (following PRINCE2 principle defined roles and responsibilities). The PRINCE2 PM just gets Checkpoint Reports according to the agreed frequency under the Work Package composition "Reporting agreements".

The only other interaction that the PRINCE2 PM will carry out is to receive Issues (Issues Reports) from the Scrum Master ("Capture and examine issues and risks" PRINCE2 activity). The PRINCE2 PM will also pass changes down to the Development Team lead ("Review Work Package status" activity). How these issues are analyzed and acted upon and how the changes were approved does not concern the Scrum team. The PRINCE2 PM handles these activities using the PRINCE2 approach process "Controlling a Stage (CS)".

Thus, it has been shown throughout this short article that there is no overlap or modification of either methodology. PRINCE2 and Scrum methodologies are intact and neither the PRINCE2 PM or Scrum team need to be burdened with any more responsibility than they would have had before combining the approaches.

In conclusion, both PRINCE2 and SCRUM integrate perfectly together by complementing each other (methodology and agility).

Further related articles about PRINCE2 on this blog
PRINCE2: Stage, Exception and Boundary

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Jose Ferreiro is an entrepreneur and a performer with a passion for working to make this world a better place!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

What is Ethos, Pathos and Logos?

Those terms have its roots from Aristotle.

Ethos is mainly your personal credibility demonstrated when you face a situation banking on your technical expertise. It is also the ability to convince your audience without deceiving them even if you know that you can.

Pathos is creating an emotional attachment with your audience. You can achieve this, by showing them that you care about their future, and their own developments like you do for the company’s progress. Pathos is a crucial element, which distinguishes an effective leader based on the audience perception.

Logos is your reasoning and your logic that appeals to your audience. A good communicator expresses clearly himself, analyzes thoroughly the situations and shows strength to strategic thinking, and problem resolving. An effective communicator collects data and facts, filters them, and articulates strongly his decisions. Because some data are complicated, an effective leader is responsible to simplify it and makes it easy for his audience to understand it.

In conclusion, if you want to succeed your speech to an audience you will need to combine the ethos, pathos and logos successfully, the basics dimensions of source credibility.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Anecdote from Mr. Bata...

This week in September 2014, I was following one of the modules from the Master Business Administration (MBA) when the lecturer provided the audience a very interesting anecdote about Thomas Bata, founder of Bata shoes. By the way, this summer I had the chance to be in front of the dedicated museum in Toronto.

The mentioned story speaks itself about the entrepreneurial nose for opportunity.
Mr. Bata was considering to expand its market segment possibly to Africa.
In order to get a better feeling of the potential market share, Mr. Bata traveled with one of his senior executive to Africa.
Both agreed to take different routes by observing the use of shoes, trends during their journey and then to meet and share their observations, compare notes and take a decision once they will be back in Canada.

Once they were back in Canada, they met.
The senior executive reported that the market was not worth. As he stated "There is no way we are not going to sell shoes down there. It is hopeless. Over ninety-percent of the people do not even wear shoes. The remaining ten-percent wear sandals".

Mr. Bata, the entrepreneur, listened carefully and then provided his observations as follows:
"This is one of the greatest opportunities in the history of our company. The possibilities are endless…think about it, no one even wears shoes down there".

The moral of this story is that opportunities can be sized. But you have to look at the environment around you with different eyes and with a different "mind set".

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Jose Ferreiro is an entrepreneur and a performer with a passion for working to make this world a better place!