# Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Over the weekend I had the privilege of being a judge for the Startup Weekend Hong Kong. We had eight very impressive teams ranging from consumer apps to enterprise software. After the “speed dating” five minute presentations with only three minutes of questions, myself and the other judges went to deliberate. We could not agree on a winner at first and debated and took two votes where nobody had the same identical #1 and #2.  The fact that it took a few rounds of votes by the five judges to come up with a winner shows just how much quality there was in the startup teams. The winner, Awesome-Ship, was a team that wants to revolutionize shipping and be a platform for companies that ship products.

On Wednesday I will be speaking at the Hong Kong International Computer Conference event and my session, “The Use of Knowledge in Today’s Society” is about information overload, knowledge management, and entrepreneurship opportunity in Hong Kong. I make the case that with the super fast broadband, great business environment (ranked #1 by the World Competitive Index), access to the Asian markets, and a Facebook/iPhone obsessed society, Hong Kong is a great place to start a business.

I hope to see you at the Hong Kong Convention Center, but if not, my slides are posted below.

posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 5:23:53 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Today I will be speaking at the 1st World CIO Forum held in booming city of Shenzhen, China sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing.

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My talk today is on Lean Manufacturing's influence on Agile methodologies: The Past, the Present, and the Future. I talk about how XP was a reaction to Waterfall’s “batch” mentality and heavily influenced by Lean’s notion of units of work v batch and reducing lead time (which heavily influenced iterations.) Then I talk about how Scrum and Kanban come directly from Lean, but with modifications for software development. I stress how lean is about eliminating waste by reducing the quantity of what is produced at one time (translations: very small iterations, if at all) and building a culture of continuous improvement. Sessions are only given 25 minutes, so I had to to this at a high level. I’ll work on a longer more in depth one for TechEd and the speaker circuit in 2012.

posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 10:52:19 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback