Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-13

Have been working on #software development for #iOS for several weeks now. Had a long #refactoring day today. Long but successful!! #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-01-23

Was on stage tonight with my son for a #magic show (HE was performing in front of over 110). Went pretty well again. Am a proud dad! #

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Improving the Production Chain: Building Respect

In order for a project to be successful, one may think that a good technology and a well chosen process will be enough to guarantee success. How many of these projects have we been in and still deliver late and well beyond budget? If good technology and process aren’t enough then, what is missing?

In a project, the most important element is the human part. People are forming the third side of the project triangle. To manipulate the chosen technology and to respect the selected process, you need human team members. If they don’t work well together, if they do not respect each other or if they do not target the same objective, the project is doomed.

Respecting and trusting co-workers is essential. In case of stress, instead of blaming the others for the troubles we face, we tend to collaborate and cooperate. How do we create such positive context? The answer is in knowing the others and one-self better.

In my previous articles, I have introduced the importance of cross-cultural communication (see Develop magazine #114) and the benefit of understanding what makes the others different and how to leverage on that difference. Somehow we can approach the variety of functions within the team with the same spirit. Indeed, we do not count anymore the number of times we have heard things such as: “The XXX workers know nothing about a project, look at the rubbish they produce!” Replace XXX by “Testers”, “Managers”, “Developers”, “Designers”, etc. Whoever is not in your seat are mostly incompetent and almost a nuisance. In a way, it is a miracle that the project is happening and “you” are at the centre of that success.

Of course, the reality of a project is [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-10-31

About to finish writing my next lecture for Kingston University: "How Great People Can Kill Your Project" #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-10-03

1 anthropologist on radio about EU issues: "there is as much cultural difference between France and Germany than between France and Japan" #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-04

CCP Hilmar's talk #ghconf about EVE's players behaviour comforted me in my Human Dynamics approach of projects. #
@websterian Thank you for your appreciation. actually no I have not read that one. I'll see if I can find it. #
End of #ghconf Was very friendly with interesting talks. Enjoyable! #
I did not mean that you only celebrate failures in England. I meant that Scott's failure did not stop him from being a hero in England. #
Just revisited my slides for tomorrow at #ghconf Am never satisfied!… Could rework them forever. Gonna stop and sleep early instead! #
@herbkim I loved hilmar's questions about the purpose of some of our actions in life. The "silly golf clothes" example was great. #
Actually, even the choice of drinks in here #ghconf is out of the ordinary. The organisers of this conf have been the extra mile all the way #
Beer & Wine time here at #ghconf Very friendly atmosphere. Our chocolate bars #Liemur stand are very successful. #
Hilmar from CCP made a real great talk at #ghconf He was as interesting as funny. Parts of EVE history is scary though. #
I did loose my challenge and bought myself a book: "Designing for the iPad". Looks good. I hope it is! #
Getting ready for my magic trick during my talk at #ghconf tomorrow. It always takes the audience by surprise! ;-) #
I was challenged by friend to visit bookstore at #ghconf and NOT buy a book. I am afraid I lost! Can't resist books!! #
The organisation of the #ghconf so far is flawless from a Speaker point of view! Impressive! [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-06

@joannabinford a dog with taste, indeed! #
Had a great intellectually challenging conversation yesterday at Kingston University evening. It was most refreshing! #
#Team paradox: a group of people willing to do good does not necessary achieves a good result. Intention is not enough! #
It is under stress that the well integrated foreigner behaves "strange" again. Difficult to ignore your original #culture under stress. #
I have played #game #Bulletstorm. Violence can be funny if pushed to caricature with great characters. Can't take it seriously! #
Have just tried #game #Portal2 Only tried for 15mn. Loved the intro. But why are you left with no instruction? Why am I supposed to know? #
Travelling in such heat is not very pleasant. Great weather for the beach. Not so great in a suit. Should I combine?… #
On my way to Games industry diner organised by Kingston University. Have been nicely invited. Looking forward to it. #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-05-30

#blogpost – New #book review: The Universal History of Numbers. Http:// #
#Blogpost review of the #book The Story of Writing by A. Robinson. Http:// #
#Blogpost review of the #book A Theory of Fun by Raph Koster. Http:// #
I have now submitted my next article to #develop magazine. Waiting for feedback. #

The Universal History of Numbers – Book review

There are things around us that we take for granted and don’t give much thought about. Numbers and counting is definitely one of them. We all learn how to count from very early age. We manipulate numbers very easily and beyond numbers, mathematics has given the power to change the world. But if you ask abruptly to anyone: where does it come from? Very few can answer that. I could not, until my parents, in 1995, give me this book as a present. This book has had a huge impact on me and this is why I will tell you more about it. But before starting the review, I’ll have to say that the version I have read is rather old and it seems to me much bigger than the versions available these days. In its French version (see picture with white cover available in Amazon in second hand), it was made of two books of about 1000 pages each. The editions you can now find are about half the size. Has it been shorten or is it just the editing that makes a difference? I could not tell you. But obviously the check I’ve made on the recent editions seems to show that you might have less but you’d still get plenty.

First impression
What strikes the reader when you get that book is the huge amount of information, the incredible number of topics covered in this book. The more you go through the chapters titles, the more you understand you knew nothing about numbers. There is much more to numbers than the 10 digits we daily use in occident. Humans have been extremely creative as the need to be able to count was [...]

The Story of Writing – Book review

I love the British Museum! When I go to the British Museum I always visit the book store. The book store used to be a mine of great books. It is now much smaller and quite disappointing to say the truth. Nevertheless, I bought this book at the British Museum. The title “The Story of Writing” was appealing to me as I am very interested in language and how humans have created the possibility to communicate while not in a face to face situation. When we are on a project, we often rely almost exclusively on writing for communicating. I have covered this question several times and my position is that it is totally foolish as writing was never intended to communicate so precisely in the first place. Anyway, I will stick to my topic today: reviewing “The Story of Writing” by Andrew Robinson.

First impression
When you take this book in hand you notice the weight immediately. It is made in very thick high quality paper due to the numerous photos and illustrations. When you scan it, the impression is excellent and you want to stop at every page to have a better look.
In details
The whole book is organised around sections of 2 pages: left and right. So, in a way, wherever you open the book, you are in front of an end to end story. This construction is clever as it gives to the reader a nicely manageable pace for the reading. Each topic is generously illustrated with photos, diagrams, tables and all things necessary to make the point. The range of topics covered is simply amazing. I’ll give you a few: origins of writing; sign language; pictography; cuneiform; Mayan alphabet; [...]