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What are the advantages of Tribal Knowledge sharing and working in Silos?

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

To: Cesare Borgia <cesare.borgia@…> From: Niccolò Machiavelli <niccolo.machiavelli@…>

 Dear Cesare, 

I miss the good old Italian Renaissance — the politicking, the conniving, the murder of reputations, and, yes, of actual people at times. But what a happy coincidence that we both reincarnated into the age of caffeine vendors, politically correct thinking and smartphones! Speaking of the latter, I see on Linkedin that you’re currently a mid-level manager of a mobile media company. I was saddened, Signor Borgia, by the news that you had to take such a humble position, but I’m confident that you’ll soon be moving back to greatness.

In order to bring that about, you must not, (as I’m sure you already know) fall for this soft-headed nonsense about collaboration and greater transparency we hear so much about. Remember: 

Secrets can make us strong!

If a question comes up about how to solve a certain issue at work. You might be tempted by all the “silo-breaking” nonsense floating around in this goofy century to ask a question in your company’s Q&A Intranet site or Slack with the idea that it will get broadcast to a large net of people, allowing for the most effective method of getting attention of an SME (subject matter expert). Maybe you’re being told that your posted-question will benefit others with the same question in the future, helping them to find their answer faster, and make your organization more efficient and competitive on a whole. 

Yes the ROI of collaboration is considerable, but don’t be put off by this! Be grateful, instead, that the business accounting is taking a long time to capture and reflect those benefits. There’s a good chance, therefore, this “contribution” will, at least for the next couple of years, not even get recognized. In most organizations, therefore, it’s a way better plan to “ask” (with your voice) around for who might have the answer and then ask them directly. The advantage of this is, you might get the answer faster (reading/writing can be such a hassle). But also you will now be one of the select few with this knowledge. You can then become an SME on the topic and the next time someone has the question, they won’t be able to get it easily without coming to you. Having people walk up to your desk and ask you questions can greatly improve your reputation as “someone with answers”. If the person asking you is in direct competition with you, you can take your time giving them the answer, ensuring your competitive advantage over them and also forcing them to accrue a “social debt” with you for passing the knowledge onto them. Again, don’t waste that opportunity by posting the knowledge on your Jive or SharePoint Intranet. If someone else tries to document this knowledge, remind them that you are the SME and it needs to be vetted with you first. If they ask again, tell them it will be included in the “new” knowledgebase system you are bringing online next quarter.

You can easily see that this logic doesn’t only apply to Q&A. In many organizations people are tempted to “work out loud” by blogging about their work to give transparency into what they do, to act as sort of a micro-marketing campaign of their achievements as well as education to their peers. I’m confident that you’re not doing this, but if, under the influence of some naïve ideal, you are, stop it!

Again, these blog posts can only serve to empower your competitors (co-workers or competing teams) and allow them to copy or even take credit for your work. A better strategy is to never blog, but rather blackbox yourself, in the meantime compiling all your work achievements into a PowerPoint deck which you can use to impress people with all your achievements at the end of the quarter. 

Next my friend, project management should be siloed!

Similar to blogging, you should consider making your JIRA projects private so prying eyes cannot peek at your projects. Or better yet, just do project management in a spreadsheet that cannot even be seen by anyone you don’t explicitly share it with. Remember, sometimes your fiercest competitors are on the same team. In the meantime keep reading the blog posts and status updates of your co-workers, so when a competing team updates JIRA with “enter the QA phase of a datamart” make sure to add a bullet point on your PowerPoint which says “Enterprise Insights Datamart Go Live” making you appear to be ahead of the trend.

Won’t this negatively affect my organization you ask?

Yes, it most certainly will. But, like watering down the soup in a popular restaurant, despite costing you customers long term, it will increase profits in the short term! There will be some collateral damage on your way to greatness. Your knowledge-hoarding will make “you” more valuable and help you to get more recognition in the subsequent years. And then you can use your enhanced status to encourage “other people” to collaborate.

What about remote and overseas workers you ask?

Won’t they suffer if our HQ makes less use of collaborative systems?

Don’t bother yourself with such questions! The fact you’re at HQ means that you can benefit from the greatest amount of tribal knowledge being very close by. If these distant workers ask about collaboration, encourage them to collaborate, so you can once again follow all their progress, and take credit for their achievements if necessary.

If you follow these steps, while continuing to give lip-service to collaboration and “breaking down silos” this will ensure your rise to corporate greatness!

Regards,

“Nick” Machiavelli 

But seriously folks

I once read in a self-help book that taking a serious look at the pay-offs of bad habits helps expose them to the sunlight and help see how alternative behaviours would make more sense. Storytelling in organizations nowadays tends to only focus on the advantages of positive traits we are trying to embody. However when we fail to understand why we tend to return to negative traits, it makes change that much more difficult. I believe that only after we take a serious look at the payoffs of negative traits – can we get back to the business of Breaking Down The Barriers of Silo Mentality, and truly achieving a collaborative culture.

MacOS X Chrome Speech Failing

Friday, May 19th, 2017

I never new how addicted I was to this feature until it stopped working.  I literally get my browser to read almost everything to me from Emails I draft, to new articles I read.  I’ve submitted typos reports to the New York Times, DailyDot, The Guardian, Mic.com, Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, Vox.com and more.  I found them all by “listening” to their articles.

MacOS X Chrome Speech->Start Speaking

I have a workaround, but it’s not as elegant:

I configured Option+S to start speaking selected text (any application).  It’s ok I guess… but really miss the ability to right click on and speak in Chrome.

Your Memories on Facebook

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Facebook, that was not a memorable event it was just a rant about how after writing a scathing review on Amazon.com that then Amazon tries to sell me the very same product using Facebook Ads…

I don’t need a reminder about it ever… I wish Facebook could distinguish between pics of family (which I like reminders about) and all the rest…

 

Looks like staff.com has changed their business model

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

They used to be the full-version of freelancer.com specializing in offering full-time overseas technical consultants from more economical locations like India, the Philippines and Easter Europe.  Now It seems they are just marketing their time-doctor remote worker management software.

 

staff.com (all of these resumes returned Page not found) errors now

Wish Motorolla wouldn’t waste my time

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Chat Transcript:

Chat

Status: Disconnected
John Michael: Hi, my name is John Michael. How may I help you?
NIK EDMIIDZ: Hi
NIK EDMIIDZ: I’d like to talk about [Incident: 161123-012657]
John Michael: One moment I will check it for you.
John Michael: To begin with, can you please verify your first and last name, email address and phone number?
NIK EDMIIDZ: Nik Edmiidz, edmiidz@gmail.com, 914-xxx-xxxx
John Michael: So upon checking on the previous note on that ticket your having an issue on your Nexus 6?
NIK EDMIIDZ: Yes.
John Michael: Do you have the IMEI number of your device?
NIK EDMIIDZ: The refurbished phone you sent me is malfunctioning.
NIK EDMIIDZ: I might have in my records.
NIK EDMIIDZ: I cannot confirm as the touchscreen don’t lightup…
John Michael: Do you still have the RMA number for that replacement phone that you receive from us?
NIK EDMIIDZ: here is old IMEI for old nexus 6: xxxxx
NIK EDMIIDZ: Motorola Repair Submission Receipt Tracking (RMA) Number 161123-xxxxx
NIK EDMIIDZ: from 11/22
John Michael: So basically the screen of your device is unresponsive?
NIK EDMIIDZ: No.
John Michael: Can you tell me more what happen on your device.
NIK EDMIIDZ: the touch screen responds with small vibration when I touch it.
NIK EDMIIDZ: But it’s black.
NIK EDMIIDZ: It cannot see anything.
NIK EDMIIDZ: I hear texts arriving.
NIK EDMIIDZ: at-least until I took the SIM out.
John Michael: Sad to know that the screen of your device went black. But what we are going to do we will do some trouble shooting steps.
NIK EDMIIDZ: Great
NIK EDMIIDZ: What first?
NIK EDMIIDZ: The power seems off right now.
John Michael: One moment please.
NIK EDMIIDZ: The last thing I tried was and HDMI adapter to proejct to TV..
NIK EDMIIDZ: its booting now.
John Michael: Just call my attention. If something appears on your device.
NIK EDMIIDZ: nothing on screen
NIK EDMIIDZ: But I feel small vibe if I try to swipe.
John Michael: So basically we need to process a Factory Data Reset again on your device.
NIK EDMIIDZ: I think there was a pattern lock on it.
NIK EDMIIDZ: ok.
John Michael: https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/102427/p/9293/kw/black%20screen Kindly follow the steps on this link.
NIK EDMIIDZ: I felt a vibration at 20 seconds.
NIK EDMIIDZ: But I cannot do step 1 of Factory Data Reset because the screen is blak.
John Michael: If that the case Nik https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/mcp/service Try to process a Repair on our website.
NIK EDMIIDZ: I did that.
NIK EDMIIDZ: The told me it would cost $175
NIK EDMIIDZ: But I already spent $175 for a repair 6 weeks ago.
John Michael: Try to give as a call Nik so we can transfer you to our Escalation team.
NIK EDMIIDZ: ok.
John Michael: Would be anything else?
John Michael: We are always looking to improve our customer support, so you may receive a survey after this chat. We appreciate any feedback you can provide. Thanks for choosing Motorola!
John Michael: Thank you for contacting Motorola chat support. Have a Wonderful day!
NIK EDMIIDZ: The phoen number?
John Michael: 1 (800) 734-5870
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Stereogram 3D Nana at Comfort Inn

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

My Toastmasters Speech #2 on Promissory Notes and Business Partnerships

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Tried to log into Godaddy today…

Monday, December 5th, 2016

And got:

{"message":"No HTTP resource was found that matches the request."}

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Looking at using Tableau to report on Social Collaborative Data

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

My impression with Tableau as a BI tool, is that it is better with numbers than with lots of text based data.  However I found this sample on Tweets, to do  with iPhone Release related tweets.  Seems exactly what I’m interested in.  But when I click on te Data Source Tab, it points to some mysterious MS SQL DB (ALPODEV-DBS) which is not included.  I wish it was included to give me a better idea how I might link to that type of data.

 

Tableau iPhone Release Dashboard

Apple – ResearchKit – Should be made for Android

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have an iPhone in their pocket. Each one is equipped with powerful processors and advanced sensors that can track movement, take measurements, and record information — functions that are perfect for medical studies. The sheer number of them being used across the globe opens up new possibilities for researchers. With ResearchKit, researchers can easily create apps that take advantage of iPhone features to gather new types of data on a scale never available before.

Is what Apple is saying, but then they mention China as having half the worlds parkinsons disease patients and highest number of “mobile phones” users.  It makes me think that if ResearchKit is really going to service, they’re going to have to take Steve Wozniak’s advice and starting making Android phones.