Further inspiring sources I’d like to share:
Further inspiring sources I’d like to share:
The latest blogpost from Benedict Evans again showed some great figures and insights that mobile is changing the world. Here are three thoughts about how mobile is changing the world and strategies of Microsoft Windows 10:
Also check my latest post from #Microsoft #Build2015.
Let me know your thoughts, love to read and learn more about it.
View full presentation from a16z:
This week there have been a lot of announcements at #Build2015 and I am expecting more concrete to come next week at #Ignite2015. My view about Microsoft is that they are still running after the mobile internet since desktops are no longer dominant. I have written another post back in 2013 about how important mobility is for software vendors, which underlines the importance of Windows 10 today:
This graphic also marks an important indicator for the buzz around the Internet of Things (#IoT), because you have to think outside the box when you imagine the mentioned “multiple devices” from the graphic. A great presentation from @ValaAshafar explains the world around #IoT and the bandwagon for Windows 10 IoT:
So the unified approach from Microsoft about Windows 10 as one platform for all is huge an very important to win back market share as a platform, as for example the market for tablets is struggling due to 2-in-1 devices like the Microsoft Surface:
Microsoft as the leader of the desktop market has recognized the mobility threat and is embracing this challenge with multiple strategies:
But let’s face the reality, Microsoft has a long way to go with Windows 10 even they claim themselves a Mobile First, Cloud First company. This is the most interesting statement for me, that Microsoft is selling a vision while blending the Windows 10 reality. Their biggest challenges are their phone platforms and mobility itself:
I also recommend two inspiring posts about Build and Windows 10 from @JanDawson similar to my view:
Enough said, let’s check the announcements of Microsoft Ignite next week.
Vacation is reflection time for me as well, so I bought a classic from Steven R. Covey. For some some of you this might be boring or bathetic, but Covey taught me a real big lesson about attitudes and behaviors. For most of you, it may be an easy one to understand that attitudes and behaviors are based on paradigms. Covey describes paradigms to see them as maps. But a map does not fit to all territories. For example if you have a map of Frankfurt and you are in Berlin, it will be hard to get to the center or even frustrating.
“You might work on your behavior – you could try harder, be more diligent, double your speed. But your efforts would only succeed in getting you to the wrong place faster.
You might work on you attitude – you could think more positively. You still wouldn’t get to the right place, but perhaps wouldn’t care. Your attitude would be so positive, you’d be happy wherever you are.
The point is, you’d still be lost. The fundamental problem has nothing to do with your behavior or your attitude. It has everything to do with having a wrong map.”
And Covey explains paradigms by an easy illustration:
“Do you see a woman? How old would you say she is? What does she look like? What is she wearing? In what kind of roles do you see her?”
“But what if I were to tell you that you’re wrong? What if I said this picture is of a woman in her 60’s or 70’s who looks sad and has a huge nose? Who’s right? Look at the picture again.”
Try to focus on the nose – it is important to see the old lady first, before you continue to the next picture.
For those who are not able to see the old lady in picture 2, there is another one here:
This simple example brings up discussions about what you see and what you don’t – and they are not logical, they are psychological, based on your paradigms.
I wrote about the post The right attitude for #scrum and #life a view weeks ago which are based on my paradigms. So the next step will conclude into this:
I believe Covey shows a basic example in the daily life of everybody. I deal with similar issues every day when it comes to customer requirements, discussions about user stories, tasks and priorities. So I hope those simple examples helps to improve our daily life.
Understanding mobility and what it does right now and in the future to our environment is huge. So I’d like to share two sources of presentations which explained the challenges and situations very sharp and brief to me. The first one is from Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) who is a partner at A16Z about “Mobile is eating the world”:
Really recommend his weekly email newsletter as well, great insights: http://ben-evans.com/news/
If you are more interested in video presentations, here you go:
The second presentation was another one from Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB):
There are plenty of more sources about explaining mobility and its implications to IT our there, but both of them inspired and changed my view. I am very thankful about the content, that’s why I want to share this again. Hope it has a similar or another effect on you.
All the best and happy reading!
This week I made an experience again which reminded me at one of my favorite movies “Groundhog Day” – the topic is about communication. There is plenty of literature written about communication out there, and I’ve decided to add my experiences as well. This is for me a continuous learning trying to get better in communication.
Last year I’ve learned from Jeff Patton about a major principle in communication when talking or creating User Story Maps. Jeff shared a picture about square, triangle and circle where I’ve found myself discussing with my colleagues about the same subject but a different understanding and level. Communication is never easy due to different perceptions of the sender and the recipient. Often when you are talking about a specific subject it looks like this:
Three people are talking about the same subject, but have different ideas in their mind what the want to communicate to each other. The idea behind it is very easy, and not always easy to achieve: “I am glad we all agree then.”.
Once you’ve exchanged your ideas the picture formula should become more like this:
So how do you get there? Here are some ideas and experiences I made to get there:
Something to add? Let me know about your experiences.