Man Boobs

Daryl Morey joined the Rockets as General Manager in 2006 with the idea of launching data-driven decision-making on the team. This included the draft elections.
In 2007 they already had their first model. His first choice was a 22-year-old boy who surpassed the rest in that model.
A picture of this guy was found with a baby face and a , fluffy body … and someone from the scout team nicknamed him Man Boobs.

Man Boobs here, Man Boobs there … At the end, Morey doubted and was not brave enough to push his model in front of the traditional scouting methods, his team of scouters influenced enough.

Grizzlies choose him later in the 48th position. Man Boobs was Marc Gasol.

Morey banned the motes in the selections of players and the following year relied on his model.

Collected from the book “The Undoing Project”, by Michael Lewis.

Listen your customers

Listen your customers, they call it now Digital Transformation. The ability of an organization to discover, understand behavior patterns and then sell your products/services into that specific population is basically that.

Tonnes of PowerPoint flood the web talking about this, but it takes time that organizations rationalize all the marketing stuff and really define a plan.

Strategic plan to listen to customers reach my inbox this week, and they explained in a clear way the approach they want to take on the new way to listen to their customers, understand who individually want what and then promote their products.

Data life cycle is the key, turn data into information, and finally into knowledge is the key. The approach basically is to engage the right people to seek patterns of behavior, detect areas of population, financial situations, and once the segment of population is identified, understand their priorities.

Lingvist

I have started to use Lingvist to improve my french. I have to improve all aspects of my french and the most important one is the writing skills. The exercises proposed are fine to improve the writing skills.

The proposed platform contains elements of gamification where you can measure your results, time invested, etc. I miss that for reading and listening content the platform does not offer exercises to check your level of understanding or listening so you can also track that evolution.

Dynamics 365 for Financials

My first experience with Dynamics 365 for Financials:

Sign-up: I have had to sign in three times to be able to reach the main screen of project Madeira (sample project) in Financials space. I do not know if it was the creation of the space or the sign-in process what failed, but after that I entered into the main screen.

First navigation: It’s easy to find the resources and the sample data enables you to build an idea about how data is organized. The set-up of the environment can be done manually or in an assisted way.

After 10 minutes it has crashed, and I have started it again now not in IE navigator but using Firefox. Ironically with Firefox the navigation goes better.

BAD_POOL_HEADER

BAD_POOL_HEADER is not the title of a film, it’s not the code to enter into a system, it’s an error from Windows 10.

It comes with a beautiful blue screen, not a simple electric blue screen such on Windows 3.11. and it also adds an emoticon like this:  :(

I thought that new generations would not know the blue screen of Windows, neither the cassette or the CD, but after more than 20 years of Windows I’m starting to think that this will not be the case.

WordPress in big corporations

Listen this week that a big Spanish company has in their IT road map WordPress as a platform for content management is not a surprise to me, the surprise is that there are still few big companies that are still not doing it.

Open source adoption continues and big organizations are understanding that the long term investment deserves the risk on these type of platforms. The list continues growing,

Performance reviews

I have an easy approach: define clear goals and let them to go for it with their personalities and personal way to lead. I just work as facilitator removing hurdles and explaining the changes of the rules of the game (company priorities, procedures…).

You should easily measure the performance of the goals, they should be clearly defined and the person and you can easily measure the evolution. But that’s not all, you also need to evaluate behavior, motivation, focus on priorities, levels of exposure, etc.

How important is to take notes and examples for performance reviews. They provide you a good story-line of what has happened and how the behavior was with respect the expected performance.

In management roles, someone can try to hide a bad performance with a heavy agenda, excessive workload, poor focus and lack of control of your duties. This is not acceptable and to explain it you need to have good framework of organization, good examples about what are the basis and how to approach them.

 

Sosiego en la penunbra

Este libro de poesía, escrito por mi tía Rosa, lo estuve leyendo poco a poco durante las noches.

Muchos recuerdos y pensamientos en cada una de las líneas del libro. Libro dedicado que guardo con alegría en la estantería de casa.

El plan revolucionario

Este libro de nutrición rompe con muchos dogmas adquiridos por la sociedad occidental de nuestros tiempos. Habla sobre como mirar la alimentación como una parte más de nuestra vida, recordarnos de donde venimos y como el marketing nos ha cambiado los hábitos, revisar cada cosa buena y mala que una acción tiene sobre tu cuerpo, volver a los conceptos básicos…

No sé si el autor es consciente de conceptos de medicina china, pero hay mucho de ello en el libro. Habla de energía, de las relaciones del cerebro, las hormonas y el estómago, de estrés, de ejercicio…

El libro va de lo teórico a lo práctico, estando esto último muy bien ajustado a la vida media de un español medio. La aportación de un plan básico y otro más detallado creo que es muy acertada. Las reglas nemotécnicas que ofrece son muy acertadas y de tanto repetirlas en el libro no se te olvidan.

Coincido con la mayoría de los principios que aconseja, pero hay algunos hábitos, como la ingesta tan alta de carne con la que no estoy deacuerdo.

Comer es algo que hacemos de por vida, aprender de nutrición es siempre algo que nunca está de más. A todo el que me ha preguntado si lo recomiendo leer, le he dicho que ojee el blog, que lea sobre los aspectos básicos allí y que si le gusta que lo compre, que se lea el libro y que descubra todo lo que hay detrás (es más que un libro).

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