Friday, December 28, 2007

Merci pour le feedback...

Aujourd'hui je lis mon email, j'ai un nouveau commentaire sur mon site. Chouette !
He ben non. C'est une insulte et ca me fait de la peine... (voir plus loin)

Peut-être que avec mon site web je ressemble à une Castafiore mais c'est un hobby, cela m'amuse et je n'oblige personne à le lire...

Joyeux Noel et Bonne année quand même à celui qui m'a envoyé ce commentaire:

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Quel connard ce type. IBM emploie vraiment des Castafiore

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmass and a Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year!
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin;
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Some good words of this week

"Il n'y a pas de vent favorable pour celui qui ne sait ou il va" - heard on Europe1 a long time ago but I still think about it

(There is no favorable wind for the one who doesn't know where he goes)

"Si c'est défendu, c'est que c'est possible" - IBM Sales Motto

(If it's forbidden, it's possible)

"May the best of your past be the worst of your future" - Peter Raferty (Vlerick Mgt School) to Roland Van Dierdonck departing Dean of the school

When the wind blows in your direction

Yesterday I attended the Vlerick Winter Reunion and we had an excellent presentation by Bertrand Piccard. Bertrand Piccard is one of the two pilots of the first ever non-stop balloon flight around the world.

It's difficult to summarize all the concepts that were explained yesterday. Here are the topics I have written down. In fact I agree with most of the ideas of Bertrand Piccard and I believe I have already applied them more than once.

Don't fight against the winds, just choose the most favorable one
Bertrand Piccard explained that during this air balloon experience, he learned that trying to control everything (an air balloon, your life, your career...) does not automatically lead to success. You also need to stop and feel the possible winds, change your plans and follow the most favorable winds.

To be able to adapt to most favorable winds, there is a necessary mind shift which doesn't match our education. We have been trained to eliminate the unknown in order to come back in speed, control and power and work as a bulldozer to reach our goal. We have been trained to react and not to pro-act.

Decision taking when facing the unknown is a difficult task. If you take decisions alone, you face the risk of having too little objectivity. In the balloon decision taking was than the result of a discussion between the two pilots. The problem is that two people sharing ideas are not productive : or they have the same ideas and 1+1=1 or they disagree and 1+1=0. The trick is to avoid expressing ideas but rather sharing experiences. Those experiences being the necessary information for a common decision taking. It's a positive common bottom-up argumentation rather that a destructive top-down opposition of ideas.

In summary
"I wish I have the strength to change what I can change,

that I have the courage to accept what I can't change,

and that I have the wisdom to be able to make the difference between what I can change and what I can't change

Also have a look at Bertrand Piccard's website here :

2 New books

Last week, I received two books :
  • Herman Van den Broeck - Le coaching, ça marque (Lannoo Campus)
  • Ben Margolis - SOA for the Business Developer (MC Press)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

New website feature : show or hide news with Javascript

You can now better control what you see on my home page.

Look at the right under my picture.
  • You can decide how much news you want to see : 10, 30, 50, All (Default is 30)
  • You can decide when a news should be displayed. When it is too long instead of having the contents, you will have a button to show/hide the news content. The default is 512 characters.

Many combinations are than possible (default is 30 news and 512 characters):

Those who think I'm just playing around with JavaScript are right.

In fact I'm very close to use Ajax but I have a lack of time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What are your projects ?

Yesterday I heard someone on TV saying :

"A lot of problems in our society come from the absence of projects".

It's true. Nothing is more depressing than not having projects. When you don't have a perspective you don't think about your future, you only think about the past and how it was the good times. Instead, you should always look forward and catch the opportunities that the future brings. Working on projects allow you to have recognition from your peers and/or auto-satisfaction.

This statement nevertheless is maybe a bit too simple :
  • What happens when you have tried many times to contribute to a project and you have failed multiple times ?
  • Why should we always move forward ? Some people need to have projects, maybe other prefer not to have projects ? Where is the freedom ? (See the joke on the Harvard MBA)
  • How can we find projects where everybody gets the "what's in it for me ?" question answered ? What if everybody wants to be the project manager ?
But in general, I agree with the statement. When I list my personal goals in life, I can identify the projects that I need to undertake to reach my goals. (By the way, my goals should be SMART, otherwise I'll never be happy).

So if the statement is true.: as human beings, we need projects.

The next questions are than:
  • what are my personal projects which will make me happy ?
  • what are my family projects ?
  • what are my community/village/team/work projects
  • what are my country's projects ?
  • what the world's project ?
and for all those projects, why do we want to have those projects ? Are they for a good cause ? How do they interact with each other ?

It's up to us all to select the projects which add value, respect the people and the nature. Many projects don't help us and nevertheless we contribute to them... Let's try to step out of these.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oui mais...

Entendu hier soir sur France4 dans "Oui mais..." avec Gérard Jugnot et Emilie Dequenne.

"C'est pas parcequ'il fait nuit qu'il n'y aura plus jamais de soleil"

En fait ce film raconte comment on peut rééquilibrer sa relation à l'autre, aimer quelqu'un sans jouer dans ses petits jeux de chantages affectifs et autre gentillesses inconscientes.

JavaPolis 2007 - a good start

Yesterday I attended some sessions at Javapolis 2007.

The session Introduction to JRuby really gave me a good feeling.

Eventually an IT session - in addition to IBM's Proof Of Technology - where people are not afraid of showing the bits and bytes of IT. They are even proud of it.

For many years now, I have been told to "Talk Business", ROI, "Business Value", "Business Drivers", "talk the language of the business"... IT Bullshit level > 50%.

If the business wants to do IT without bits/bytes, I wish them good luck.

Yesterday I was very happy to see 400 people listening carefully to a Netbeans/Ruby/Rails demo! I was fascinating for me to see someone doing something real. THE REAL STUFF...

IT Bullshit level = 0%.

And once again I'll refer to this article : Why Decision Makers Need to Understand the Technology.

Yes, there is a T in IT ! Na !

Sunday, December 9, 2007

IBM Lotus vend des stoemps d'affaires !!

Je lis sur le site une explication sur les bootlegs.

"Aujourd'hui des centaines de bootlegs sortent chaque semaine sur internet (ils sont parfois appellés Mashup: synonyme de notre stoemp national, mais le mot Bootleg est de plus en plus généralisé)"
Mais oui, mais alors... en IT... les "Business Mashups 2.0" ce sont des stoemps d'affaire !! Mais bien sûr !

Mes collèques de IBM Lotus donc sont des vendeurs de stoemp :-D

Question subsidiaire : A quand les SOA Bootlegs ? Ca seraient des processus d'entreprise superposés ou quelquechose dans le style...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Yesterday I finished reading the last Harry Potter. This last book was really great ! It was really in line with the other books. It's a masterpiece !

New in my mind blog

A new blog to have more content on start.php...
Test with an image here ...

See you soon....