Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere

Regardless of covid 19 impact to work style, my working environment was remote with other countries among Singapore, Japan and India. So remote communication is a kind of basement of work. Recently due to prevention for infection, work from home has been spreaded to many industries and to many countries. Some of major IT Company (called “GAFA”) although are planning to back to office, still not sure the concrete plan to do and remote work will be continued. Under this situation, this book seems be in best seller in Global company or IT company had already had good experience and many learning before covid19. But company in Japan faced some challenging to make sure “Work from home”. There are many fundamental issues in Japan’s company like HR system, management method and collaboration works. This book focus on “collaboration work” to delivery projects, not mentioning about HR system and management method which is most critical in Japan’s case. So I’m not sure How much effectively read and converted this knowledges to real world in Japan, but there are many good element for Remote work team if you don’t have any issue of HR system/management method in your company. If you need to make remote working environment with oversea team, this book is recommended to read.

just looking back my experiences, honestly say, first case was failure. but not caused by communication method and work style well mentioned in this book. As a part of this book, Language and culture were main issues we faced. And especially language issue is critical to make enough conversion in remote teams, unnecessary wall “us and them”. And translation cost by some alternative person is not reasonable for most of cases, so before starting remote work, I wanted to say from my experience, we should not neglect the issues. in this book, you can get good advice to solve those issues as well. That’s why I wanted to get this book at least 6 years ago.

Changing Job

In my current company, last working day was 26th Nov (Fri) 2021 and resignation day will be end of Dec 2021. It means new job will be started from Jan 2022. Let me share a bit my this story as part of daily.

I usually posted my yearly target at 1st Jan every year here. And later half of 30’s, one of the my target was managing diversified team in English (foreigner employee, out side of Japanese). Fortunately I got change to do from 2016. So somehow, getting many kindness and support from colleagues, I did the role for mostly 6 years including staying in Singapore for 5 years. But at same time, my target in recently year, I added one thing to explore what I will do in next a decade in 40’s. Surely one of the target to manage non Japanese people was achieved, also I’m getting boring to continue same biz domain “online adversing”.

Why my emotion for online ads has been happened may be consumer is not preferring to online advertising based on user’s behavioural data analysis which is core technology in recent days. Still the technology for those are not mature, history of this industry is not deep so far are one of the reason consumer is feeling uncomfortable for online ads. Sometime just showed what the person saw as retargeting, or recommendation. So there are many room to improve and grow the business by doing improvement one by one. Another reason for boring the industry is everything is happened on online and not well connected with real world, in in other words, it has not hit me yet to contribute the worlds. Of course, the industry is well monetising online page view and earning as business. But I’m wondering the meaning of industry and it has value for me to continue it.

After back to Japan from Singapore, I tried to make some vegetables on my balcony and also renting shared fields and finding good things in agriculture industry, of course it’s quite huge existing industry in the world, so hard to change it, but feeling that there are some possibility to improve and change the world by IT.  And luckily got chance to work the industry “Agtech(Agriculture tech)” from Jan 2022. I’m deeply appreciating all experiences in current company for last 12 years and decided to change job.

Although I can leverage IT experience but it’s totally beginner for agriculture. Although my age is getting over 40, it’s kind of start line as career. but I’m exciting to do and hope use those knowledges after retirement as lifetime assets. This is totally new target (ambisous?) in my new journey. 

So hoping I can write some posts which will be related with the agtech I’m learning soon here.


[Ride] Setouchi Shimanami Kaido

After 5th wave of Covid19 in Japan, Finally I visited to Setouchi Shimanani Kaido(しまなみ海道) which is located in Seto Inland Sea. Shinanami Kaido is made by 7 bridges with 6 islands and connecting between Hirosima Pref and Ehime Pref.

Why I wanted to visit to here is it’s very famous for cyclist. There are many specialised road for bicycle, and can across bridges same as cars. And view from bridges or from islands to see Seto island sea is awesome, everyone should visit the area. 

Here is entire route i rode in 2 days.

If you straightforwardly ride from Imabari to Onomichi, distance will be 60-70km. So with road bike, it may take around 3 hours. But there are many spot to stop and also there are some route to go around to see nice view, and can do short hill climb as well. So I felt at least secure 2days to enjoy this route. And in my trip, I stayed Oshima Island because wanted to see twilight view from Mt.Kiro, and as 2nd day, went throught remaining route to go to Onomichi in Hiroshima Pref.

Instead of each detail explanation, let me show nice photos in this trip.

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[Ride] 1st Challenging for Hill Climb

After faced covid19 pandemic, my work style has been shifted to “Work from home” as default. Although it may be backed to office work after ended pandemic. Recently issue for all of us might be not enough exercise in daily life. No commuting time is totally better than usual, but at same time, no reason to proactively move body in a day. 

Luckily I got used road bike from friend around July 2020. Then riding bike is getting my basic hobby now a days. Not only for good exercise, also it’s good time to take scenery photo by reaching out to place by bike.

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Yesterday, I traveled with my bike around Mt.Fuji & Lake Yamanaka, and it’s first time to try hill climb. Hill Climb requires power and stamina, needless to say, so by searching on internal, found best route for beginner. After climbed to Mikuni Pass, it’s so nice view and good weather to see Mt.Fuji with Lake Yamanaka. 

Actually I’m missing ride in Singapore, because easily go anywhere by bike and there are many nature near city. Ride in Tokyo City is a bit boring because only building or house in city, no good park and lake than Singapore. But in Japan, out side of city, I’m re-understanding that there are many place and course to go with road bike. That’s the biggest advangage to live in Japan than in Singapore. 

More recent photos with road bike were uploaded to Note.


Escaping the Build Trap

I read this book in this march although it’s famous in our web industry. Author has a variety of experience as Product manager, based no those, he explained success case/failure as organisation.

Most impressive thing in this book was difference between “output” and “outcome”. People who use English as 2nd language, sometime translation and understanding for the difference is not so big, but having good example in this book, I well reconginzed not same, it’s clear difference for business. Number of delivery as project is output, it’s apparently one of the realised thing into the world, but it’s not final goal, it’s just method to achieve the goal. Goal as business is definitely “Revenue”. Just delivered which is not related with any revenue / profit does not make sense for business. This author is saying that unfortunately of some product team has good KPI for project delivery as “output”, focus on making function first rather than to generate money. but it’s not good way to make strength Product management team, product team should focus on “outcome” like profit, revenue is main message in this book.

In fact, it’s heavy responsiblity to have outcome base target because there are many dependency with another team in company to make sure outcome. Sale and marketing team is one of the key to create great sales by making good messaging to appeal the product. But if product team ignore how they can do their work, at the end, Good result will be not happened. Sometime blaming each other is common issue in many product company, product team complains sale/marketing does not work well then sales number is not good, in opposite case, sale team criticises that product is not attractive for our customer as reason of not good sales. To solve those chicken and egg issues, product team should have wider view and mind for product’s outcome is my understanding of this book.