InstaProcess: OpenUP. Tailoring is where you want to be

In the Insta-age of agility, OpenUP is where you want to be if you’re in the process business.

What is OpenUP?

OpenUP is a lean Unified Process that applies iterative and incremental approaches within a structured lifecycle. OpenUP embraces a pragmatic, agile philosophy that focuses on the collaborative nature of software development. It is a tools-agnostic, low-ceremony process that can be extended to address a broad variety of project types.

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OpenUP layers: micro-increments, iteration lifecycle and project lifecycle

Why?

  • Because it is the closest thing to a process that is universally available, self-sustainable, industry founded and baselined
  • Why Again?
    • Process becomes insta(inter/intra plug & play)
      • a framework that facilitates intra/inter organizational communication(s)

With the Eclipse framework and fine tutorial material you can have a tailored process up and running, PUBLISHED ON-LINE, very quickly or less that is bus-tech optimized.

That’s adoptable.  

Need more tech, just reach into Rational Unified Process and process model yourself to heaven; (or hell).  And, it’s open source.  With this framework, you plug and play into a cosmos of integration and process friendly platforms.    

Now.  Where do you go?

 

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Triangle of Love and Universal Governance

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of implementing an Enterprise Governance Framework.  It was great and it worked, and that’s exactly why my perception of Governance has evolved.  Big brother can work quite effectively.  By that I mean a quick witted project manager can learn how to sit on brother’s shoulders, and that is the Achilles heal of a Governance framework in this day age.  Governance today is visible, manipulatable, and overarching.

Agree that one size does not fit all in the real world and you’ll be hard pressed to figure out how to govern, and again that’s because most organizations today try to develop an overarching Governance framework while Corp-cultural paradigms are in the process of being redefined for agility.  You’ll figure out how to govern when you settle on what to govern, in doing so you can be one step closer to a universal governance model.

Consider governance of a process.  I call the figure below the triangle of love (long story…).

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In process design, my humble opinion is Governance and Controls should come last, so you know what you’re governing and controlling. “Governing” vs. Governance is a key consideration. “GOVERNING” means active Governance with a focus on organizational Design and Strategy to empower a culture geared towards people as the primary drivers, thus providing organizational leadership with the necessary support to realize desired outcomes by focusing on activities. By aligning Controls and Gating (Governing) to Activities as the primary driver, as a process is tailored, Governance becomes dynamic and is for lack of a better term, carried, thus supportive and universal in nature. Note how controls, gating and human factors are all underlying, or for lack of a better term, underground.

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Then, keep it simple.

Michael

Different.  Being authentic in the N(th) century

Authentic is a word that is being thrown out there, left right and centre. What does it mean? Be Authentic. Does it mean, look in a mirror and be yourself? Does it mean accept your environment as a major influencer and succumb to your existence within it? Does it mean, be joyful, happy, motivated…blah blah blah…what?  
Run a search for the definition of authentic, this is what Google renders:


Probability says you have a better chance of finding authenticity in the context of music, and you probably don’t even know it. Thus it is especially important when thinking about authenticity that we consider context so that we may reconcile against that which is “of undisputed origin, genuine”.

The moment you step into the education system these days, any sense or possibility of authenticity, scratch it out. Remember, the education system has evolved into a zero tolerance environment; the sandbox no longer exists. At least in North America this is true, unfortunately for the right reasons (violence, safety, etc.).  

Everybody is in it for themselves and that exactly means what it means, zero tolerance for anything other than your perception of what is correct. It seems like the only way for correct to be perceived these days is a cultural stale mate, of which the economic cost is that of authenticity, because if everything is the same, what else do I need?

I’ll take and settle for different, in peace and joy.

Michael

Disc Jockeys. The conductor is being redefined into a storyteller and the orchestra is eternal.

This is a first in a series that chronicles what I’m re-learning about music. Over the past two years I’ve had the pleasure of stepping into a musical journey. I’m not going to bore you with the details of my journey of late, I’d rather encourage anyone to discover their own and make it happen, whatever it takes. Here goes nothing… 

Flip over to SoundCloud and scroll your eyes up and down for a minute, chances are you’ll find a list of music including hour long entries of mixes, one after the other. Now what is the difference between an album and a mix? Listen to an album, and you are listening to one artist’s (or band’s) story, typically and thematically, one dimensional. Now listen to an hour of music pulled together by a DJ and you have:  

  • A multi-dimensional compound (mix) of stories (tracks) shaped into a journey, adjoining various artists points of view, themes and genres. The conductor is being redefined and the orchestra is eternal.

With little effort into expanding the breadth of your sight while looking around you in a public place, it’s almost a promise you’ll have a tough time finding a line of sight that does not include a pair of earphones or listening device. People are investing a significant amount of time developing auditory senses, this is already happening.  

Not in a meeting? You’re listening to music. Driving? You’re listening to music. On a midnight oil work binge? You’re listening to music. Or you have a TV in the background chuckling at Archer jokes on Netflix. People are always listening and the truth is that while silence and peace are incredibly powerful meditative tools, its inherent that the human body will feel awkward when in silence. Think of it this way, last time I checked, I hear in my sleep, dreams don’t come with captions. So it’s perfectly natural to feel awkward when there’s quiet, an entire sense is essentially asleep.

Now what happens when listening is your job, that’s a question I implore you to ask a DJ outright, it’s a great conversation starter, especially for anyone that spends a lot of time listening in order to perform their job function(s).

Take a breath and think about this age of digital music, digital wallets and listening platforms out there, including some really strong architecture and algorithms that empower the listener to essentially be their own DJ. One can readily assume that the DJ as defined today is dead. My opinion, far from it. I believe the reality is that we’re on the cusp of a musical revelation and we’ll need a new type of Storyteller and Communicator focused on sharing “cultural news”.  

I want to take an informal stab at correlating key DJ skills and capabilities (this is just a TINY sample). A DJ listens to and compounds existing material, knowing exactly what to listen for, examples include but are not limited to:  

  • Pace and R-h-y-t-h-m (write that down, I’m talking about a BEAT, you know like your HEART BEAT)
  • The ignition of organized actions and stimulus => Cues
  • Reuse => Loops and Samples
  • Harmonization to bring or come into agreement => Musical Keys
  • Change/transition from one track (of thought or theme) to the next => Mixing 
  • Knowledge of varying platforms, hardware, software and how it’s all => Integrated

Most importantly though is a DJs ability to gauge and know the audience, anything > than oneself. 

If you have someone that you relate to or come across someone in your cosmos that has exposure to this industry, find some time to talk with them. Chances are a DJ can do much more than you think, including rationalizing, integrating and orchestrating different themes and points of view into a unified solution. Just taking a look at the examples listed above screams opportunities, one just needs to see through any stigmas and stereotypes to realize a DJ is fundamentally skilled at being an incredible leader, orchestrator and communicator, in any setting. 

While you learn, my only advice for now is that you share knowledge, both what you have in your back pocket and what you’re learning in the moment, that, personally is a fundamental principle of mixing music and the moral of this article.

Take precious care,

Michael

Medicine Today: Take “note”

Discussing medical  experiences is generally not appealing, which to some extent makes sharing such information taboo, basically because the details are most likely personal.  When it comes to finding consensus with these types of discussions, we’re dreaming, and this is largely due to our individual organics, no one is the same.  When you accept that you own and are accountable for your own organics, the relationship with the medical system evolves.

There is a stigma or stereotype that a family doctor or general practitioner navigates the medical waters for you.  Nothing is further from the truth.  The moment you start describing symptoms, you’re at the helm of the ship and the direction is based on what you say.  Here are a few tips that have made my medical journey and communicating about it much more comfortable when dealing with the system and doctors in particular.  I hope they may help you today and or in the future.

Take “note” of everything, especially symptoms

  • Symptoms – described in detail and over periods/cycles of time, know exactly what is a core symptom vs peripheral
  • Lifestyle – breadth, not depth (diet, exercise, basic bio stats like weight and height)
  • Have a current list of medicine and supplements being taken, including dosages

Ask for all of your medical / doctors notes

  • If you’re not already doing this, get started
  • If you have good reason too, find and study your medical notes history, ask your GP (family doctor) for a copy of your file

Encourage and orchestrate your medical team’s communications

  • Synchronize and maintain medical contacts
  • Use email to communicate
  • Give written permission to each member of your medical team to communicate with each other
  • Set expectations that they communicate, follow up and test this
  • Keep in touch, provide updates describing symptoms, providing interim insight beyond an acute visit
  • Seek several opinions and research online, look for consistency
  • Cross check doctors notes to come to reconcile multiple observations and diagnoses

Work with your GP to shape your therapeutic journey, specialists and hospitals address and approach most issues acutely.  Symptoms,  know them, write them down (especially over a period of time if possible).  Recognize and describe both peripheral + core symptoms, the doctor observes and is dependent on you to navigate the medical system and its waters safely.  Don’t shy away from asking stupid questions, chances you’re describing something when you do.  Ultimately you are accountable for your own health and your interaction (responsibility) with the medical system.  Treat your health like you treat your job.  Watch what happens.

Michael Y.

Concept Mashup 1.0: Pulling Things Together

A list of integrated references, articles or posts that can be contextually intellectualized holistically and stylistically.

1.  Sponsornomics. 

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@mickael-yusufidis/sponsornomics-2012-evolution-check-this-out-sharp-icarusgames

2.  Remidi-(R)evolution

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@mickael-yusufidis/the-remidi-pro-is-an-important-r-evolution-freedom-of-expression-is-in-the-keyboard-is-dead

3.  Find The Time

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@michael-dowling/find-the-time

4.  [1978] The Theory of Interstellar Trade : [2012] Quantum Economics & Finance?

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@mickael-yusufidis/1978-the-theory-of-interstellar-trade-2012-quantum-economics-finance

5.  Lessons from History’s Most Persistent Loser

https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cory-galbraith/lessons-from-history-s-most-persistent-loser

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Music inspiration match:

1.  Brun Subterrenean Groove

2.  Daedalus

Atelier M: Welcome

Welcome to Atelier M.  I am Michael Yusufidis.  Free Designer.

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Explorer of the Heavens. Design Jockey & Simulation Artist. Fit for purpose. Non-traditional. It’s called legacy for a reason. Experienced in orchestrating Enterprise capabilities, creating unified and adoptable solutions.

Emotional Intelligence shapes the evolution of a unified mindset.

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