Aug 18, 2005

Its not 2 late to learn

Its not too late to learn. Jim Shore on FBI Virtual Case File (VCF) project disaster

Aug 17, 2005

Consensus or Instinct

My moment of reckoning came in vastly different circumstances as I lay prone with a Hannibal Lecter mask protecting a nose with multiple fractures in a Colombo hospital bed next to Jason Gillespie, who had a shattered leg bone and a fractured wrist. It was during a reflective look back at my captaincy up to that point that I realised if I didn't make it back to captain Australia again, I had sold myself short as I'd captained by consensus and not by my instincts. In my sorry state I vowed to always back my gut feeling and to never hesitate in the future. -- Steve Waugh

This maps directly to the book Blink I am reading. So much are we taugh to collect data, think
a lot before doing something. There will however be roles in life, times when we have to go purely by instincts. Now if you are not trained or habitual in doing that it may turn out to be so good.
Read Blink a great book to train yourself to when believe in ur snap judgements and when not.

So also for agile. If I go by consensus I am sure the answer will not be to agilers liking. But if go by my instincts I think Agile will surely make its mark in various forms. But then Blink has taught me "Blink judgements are nothing but a collated results of your experiences. At times processing is correct and at times not. The key to unlock is when it correct and when not" :-)

Data Crunching - I cant forget these lines

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Aug 16, 2005

Keep It Simple and Sloppy - KISS

My friend Vipul passed me this link.

Keep it Simple and Sloppy - Adam Bosworth

Aug 7, 2005

Every cloud has a SILVER lining

These are the bombay kids after the rains that caused havoc. Posted by Picasa

Lesson to learn: Only if each one could retain the child in him/her and the child like
enthusiasm , the WOLRD would be so much a better place :-)

A few optimistic lines of a song that I can recall for these rains:(Hindi)

Dekh Na mere sar se Aasman Ud gaya hain
Dekh Na Aasman ke sire Khul gaye Hain Zameen Se

Dekh Na kya huan hain Yeh zameen beh rahi hain
Dekh Na paaniyon mein zameen ghul rahi hain kahin se

Aasman baadlon par karvate le raha hain
Dekh Na aasman hi barasne lage na zameen pe

Yeh zameen paaniyon pe dubkiyan le rahi hain
Dekh Na Uthke pairon pe chalne lage na kahin pe

Dekh Na mere sar se Aasman Ud gaya hain
Dekh Na Aasman ke sire Khul gaye Hain Zameen Se

Dekh Na kya huan hain Yeh zameen beh rahi hain
Dekh Na paaniyon mein zameen ghul rahi hain kahin se

Aug 2, 2005

My First Tryst with Digital Asset Management

Just in the past week I have been offered an opportunity to make myself more acquainted with
Digital Asset Management. I have been working on java j2ee projects for a studio , on assignment/s for the company that I work for.

Now this was a great opportunity because it helps me go into the business side of things also
which is as important as the techie side. Why? Read "Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions by Luke Hoffman".

So the key question was how do i start? Thats the most difficult part always. Then I thought the best way to get an overview woudl be to assume that I am gonna buy a DAM Solution :-) . What would I do? Thats the best way to learn things. Try buying a camera or a laptop or a car and you learn so many things.

Then I looked up the net and found an interesting article from which I can summarize the following:

Digital Asset Managment has 3 key meanings: Something that is in electronic form is owned by me , I own lots of it and now I m trying to manage it. Go furtther you see this electronic form is nothing but media aka content. So I started to find the meaning of media and ....heres what i get ....

What is media? Media is something that holds content.It can be of different forms:
artwork, logos, audio files, video files, even PPTs , text docs, emails probably.

Any such media if converted to binary (digital) form makes it digital media. A whole
set of digital media that an organization owns becomes its asset.

Studies show that lots of productive time is spent in managing these assets. Typically
searching for it, moving it to other teams (clients/suppliers).

A DAM solution then is one which provides you better management of assets such that
the productivity loss is minimized. It can provide many benefits such as efficent look up,
availability on demand, automated workflow, better collaborative environment etc.

Based on the objective of a DAM Solution one can classify it into desktop solutions,
process oriented, merchant centric solutions etc.

Based on architecture, DAM Solutions can be classified into media catalogs and asset

You can either buy an off the shelf DAM solution, build one yourself if your business
has such unique needs or with expertise in complex system integration use best of the

Add to the above 3, the needs of your users, weed out the inefficiences in the current
workflow and then try to identify the DAM solution.

Now Look closely at your archiving needs. Analyze them in detail. This will be a key
factor which is often overlooked.

After all this,you look at your budget and you may just find the right DAM solution!