Change the world

Back in 1997, Apple ran a TV commercial with a slogan – “Think Different”. The last line in this famous ad was …

… the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do …

In 2000, a team of professionals thought they could change the world and they got together, developed one of the most sophisticated Internet-based e-Government infrastructure at that time in Asia. And the rest is history. There were many naysayers in the industry all along, and they were just all talk and no action. But we are the one who really delivered the system, who spent countless days and nights to make it work, to maintain it and to serve 7 millions people in the city …

It’s really a great experience to work with you all in the last 8 years and I would like to thank every single one of you. You know who you are. As a token of thanks, following is one video captures all the beautiful moments I have …

We changed the world around us, but it’s time for me to move on. Thank you again and see you all around …

Project management for the layman

I am sure many of us already mastered the use of Microsoft Project – we can produce good-looking Glant charts, critical path diagrams and even resource utilization reports. But I am also pretty sure that most (if not all) of us don’t know how to manage a project, even with the powerful Microsoft Project software.

So what can you do to manage a project, if you are not a professional project manager ? The books “Getting things done” and “The 4-hour workweek” both suggested one simple method to manage your projects … here is it:

  1. Write down the name of the project;
  2. Write down the goal or desired outcome of the project;
  3. Then, spend some time, think about the project for a little while … then;
  4. Write down the possible next step to do … to achieve the goal / desired outcome;
  5. Lastly (!), go ahead to do that “next step” and repeat from the step 3 above.

Believe me, it is simple, it works, and it keep things moving !! Give it a try and tell me what you think.

Artist or Artisan

If you wanna finish a programming task sooner, get a faster computer.
If you wanna shoot a photo in the dark, get a Canon or Nikon.

But …

If you wanna write a better program, get a better brain.
If you wanna shoot a better picture, sharpen your skills.

Even you have the best tools in the world, you cannot develop a good program, take a good picture or cook a good meal – without you being a better developer, photographer or cook.

John : “Doctor, I broke my wrist !!”
Doctor : “Oh …”
John : “Will I able to play the piano after this heals ?”
Doctor : “Of course, no problem !!”
John : “Great !!, I could never play the piano before !”
Doctor : “Oh …”

Ideas worth spreading is simply great, and the presentations are simply jaw-dropping. You will certainly find many good topics and speakers there but I found the following is one of the best (YMMV, of course). Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke … make the best of your next 18 minutes with this video (with transcript).