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  • Brilliant idea about my summer schedule
  • Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals
  • Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals
  • Productivity
  • Information Design
  • Forms

Brilliant idea about my summer schedule

I need to hack a couple of things in Adphoto. For one, the scheduling
system needs to be improved. Also, we need to work out a smooth way to
transfer files to clients.

The best way to get me to work on these things would be for me to get
annoyed with them.

The best way for me to get annoyed with these things would be for me
to have to do them.

So that can be my summer job. If my mom doesn’t mind having me
underfoot, I will work for Adphoto. First, I need to hack scheduling.
In the process, I’ll probably also tweak office communication. When
I’m not scheduling things or improving the scheduling infrastructure,
I can work on making the website more informative.

Sounds like a good plan.

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Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

“Big, Hairy Audacious Goals” is a catchy and inspiring way to think
about things. If you don’t have this book yet, you might want to look
for it next time you’re in a well-stocked bookstore:

Built to Last – Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Jerry Porras and James C. Collins, 1994.

Here are some links for more information:

http://www.inspired.co.nz/Reading%20Room/Built_To_Last.htm

Book review / executive summary

Big Hairy and Audacious Goals for Business! (interview)

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/stories/s218498.htm

“We found that visionary companies often set these incredibly challenging goals.”

Goal Setting with Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs)

http://www.cool2serve.org/tools/pdf/BHAGs.pdf

A workshop outline—great idea for training

My BHAGs are:

  • Revolutionize computer science education by making it highly
    individualized and experiential.
  • Become a world-famous expert on creating systems for planning one’s
    life. Instead of pushing a particular methodology, I’d like to work
    with people’s current ways of planning, suggesting improvements and
    software/hardware to support their life.

What are yours?

昨日は、私のコンピューターが故障していたのです。 My computer was down yesterday.

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Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

My Big, Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) are:

  • Revolutionize computer science education by making it highly individualized and experiential.
  • Become a world-famous expert on creating systems for planning one’s life. Instead of pushing a particular methodology, I’d like to work with people’s current ways of planning, suggesting improvements and software/hardware to support their life.

I’m at the 1st Philippine Blogging Summit right now with my BHAGs firmly in mind. It’s _amazing._

The first person I talked to was J. Angelo Racoma, an old friend from my BBSing days. After chatting about blogging, talk turned to what we’re both up to. He told me about his work at http://i.ph . I told him about my BHAGs.

It turned out that his wife is into tutoring, and one of the things they’re planning to do in the future is set up a tutoring portal to help students, parents and tutors find each other. Neato. That looks like a great fit for what I want to do. =)

As I explained my BHAG for teaching and training to him, I realized that one of the things I really, really, really care about is quality assurance for teachers and tutors. I firmly believe that it’s not just about technical knowledge, but it’s also about teaching and communication skills. I don’t think we’re paying enough attention to that, and I think that’s a compelling sales point.

I also got to meet Gabriel Narciso. He started by asking me if I was still into open source. Of course! He then asked me if there was a native version of OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X. I remember OpenOffice.org used to support the Mac, so I should be able to find one. =) Good deed! I told _him_ about my BHAGs too. It turned out that he used to work at Franklin-Covey (as in, _the_ Franklin Covey franchise in the Philippines!), and is now into executive coaching.

Wow!

Let’s say that again. Wow!

_That’s_ why you should practice talking about your BHAGs until you can squeeze it into a small-talk conversation. Joey Gurango told us how wannabe entrepreneurs would give him two-inch-thick business proposals and expect him to have the time or interest in reading them. He said that’s entirely the wrong way to do that. You start with your 90-second elevator pitch. You get people interested. Then you go for your executive summary—the shorter, the better. You get people hooked. When you get them hooked, _then_ you hit them with the business proposal.

BHAGs work the same way. Refine them until you get a sound bite. Say it with confidence and passion. Get them hooked. Explain the rest over lunch another day!

May 8, 2012
It’s interesting to see how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. I’m no longer focusing on computer science education, although I’m delighted to see that self-teaching resources are becoming more popular. I’m still interested in productivity tools and systems. I care a lot about teaching and tutoring, and the need is even more concrete for me now because we’re seeing what J- and her friends struggle with. I have new goals around writing, drawing, and tracking. I still have to practise explaining them, though!

Productivity

(Yes, yes, I promised another article about an Emacs-based PIM, but I
wanted to write about this instead. I’ll write about PIMs eventually.)

What does it mean to be more productive? I love reading about
productivity tools and tips. I could spend hours just going through
the discussions at http://www.43folders.com . However, all of this has
to translate into concrete benefits. How can I improve my productivity?
Improvements include:

  • Keeping better track of tasks
  • Keeping my goals firmly in mind
  • Making it easier for me to work on something than to procrastinate
  • Finding ways to see the big picture

Why do I want to be more productive? Well, I’ve got my Big, Hairy,
Audacious Goals:

  • Get people hooked on computing by offering highly individualized,
    experiential learning characterized not only by strong technical
    content but also excellent delivery.
  • Help people totally rock through personal information management. I
    want to listen to people describe how they plan and how they want to
    plan, and I want to help them figure out how to support those
    methods through software or whatever.

With my BHAGs firmly in mind and a critical approach to trying out new
tools, I’ve found that I can successfully resist the urge to migrate
everything to the whizzy new PIM app of the day. This is important;
otherwise I’d spend forever playing around with this stuff. I still
love finding out how other people are doing things, though! =)

今日この番組でハッカーの問題をクローズアップするんだって。 This
program is going to focus on computer hacking issues today.

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Information Design

While reading about presentation skills, I stumbled across a page entitled “So where are all the Information Designers?”. I found a name for what I’m interested in! Information design is what I do with wikis. I should learn more about this.

UPDATE: Clair wrote:

I have seen some courses aside from the one you showed me. :) It looks very interesting. Very similar to what librarians do! *laugh* I really must take a break and re-assess my life.

冗談を言うほど賢いコンピューターがありえるだろうか。 Can there be a computer intelligent enough to tell a joke?

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Forms

My mom’s amazing. Her interest in organizing information helped
professionalize the advertising photography industry here in the
Philippines. She told me how they exchanged forms with other
photographers, sharing with them the format for the cost estimates so
that clients would be able to find information easily.

Many of the forms we use haven’t been shared with other people in the
industry. I wonder when they’re going to do another forms exchange to
help other photographers learn how to manage their work? I really
admire the way my mom keeps looking for ways to improve the workflow.
Now we’re getting client call reports from the account executives. Way
cool!

I want to get into that sort of stuff. I want to learn how to identify
the kind of information we need to capture and design the forms to
make it easier for people to write things down. My mom’s still working
on finding a balance between asking for too little and too much
information. People skip fields if the form asks for too much
information. Hmm…

US laws say that blank forms aren’t protected by copyright because the
forms do not contain information in themselves. I wonder what our laws
say? Anyway, this is cool stuff. I want to do things like the D.I.Y. Hipster PDA templates

何社製のコンピューターをお使いですか。 What make of computer do you use?

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