Working Like an Artist 🎨

Ever wondered how to create state of the art products and services? The key is to be obsessed with your creations. Most of the products that are surrounding us are those, which were created using the 80:20 principle. It means that creators used 20% of their effort to create 80% of the product, which normally includes basic shape, functionality and branding (name, color etc.) What if you want to win customer’s heart by crafting great products and services and by doing this to go down in history as a great creator? Then you have to treat your product as a piece of art. A great piece of art.

Do you know how much it took Leonardo da Vinci to paint Mona Lisa? Whopping 4 years! And he eventually left it unfinished. Even was quoted as “never having completed a single work”. An “80:20 painter” would need just several days to paint a similarly looking picture. But then probably the world would have never heard about that artwork or that painter.

Creating a great product requires some time and passion. Attention to the details and inspiration. The creator goes back iteratively to his/her creation to adjust it, again and again. In the retrospective, if confronted with the question “are you satisfied with your creation?” he or she would often say that it still can be slightly improved.

Can you create art within the wage slavery wage labor framework? Sure, you can. But to be honest, the majority of the work out there is quantity oriented, not quality oriented. Still, it’s up to every one of us, which pill to take, red or blue.

Which next product or service will you create? Will it be a piece of art or will it be yet another soulless creation?

Everyone can be an artist. Work like an artist!

Disclaimer: also published on LinkedIn and Medium.

That’s Why a Corporate Job Might Be Not for You

All people are different. Majority of the people would be more than happy to have a well-paid job, lick their manager’s (and manager’s manager, and manager’s manager’s manager…) butt and fake their skills and knowledge to pretend to be something more… But among humans, there are sometimes these kinds of species, who cannot conform to the current status quo. After some time they begin to ask themselves questions like “What the heck am I doing here? Why am I spending my lifetime on that crap? Was I born into this world to do that?”

Here is a test. If you answer positively to most of the questions, then you are in a wrong job.

  1. Your company’s computer is full of pre-installed crapware and spyware, which, according to the company policies, you are not allowed to get rid of. You are not allowed to choose which computer and operating system to use — it is carefully decided for you.
  2. You find yourself to work in a secretive environment, where a lot of stuff happens behind the scenes. It is an exclusive environment, not inclusive. Collaboration and brainstormings are very seldom.
  3. The top management declares very high and right values, but behind the facade, quite the opposite is happening.
  4. Individual initiative and improvement suggestions are often met with irritation and anger and will be ignored in most of the cases.
  5. There are at least 3 individuals in your team or very close to the team, which you don’t like personally and whom you would prefer not to see in your life ever again. They are often liars and upstarts with a very egoistic mindset and no sense of fair play.
  6. Managers have no idea about the domain they are working in.
  7. People with passion are a minority and also struggling like you. You understand each other very well.
  8. Employees are often referenced with the word “resources” rather than “talents”.
  9. You should fight to be allowed to attend a new training or certification.
  10. That what they ask you to do — you don’t like. That what you like and enjoy to do — you are not supposed to do.
  11. You are enforced to spend a lot of time doing useless and stupid things, like writing useless reports, taking part in pointless meetings, frequently tracking hours in a manual and painful way.
  12. Hierarchy is more important than bright ideas.
  13. You feel that you miss on life and your family by working your butt off for a paycheck.

In the end, ask yourself one simple question: “If it were not for money, would I be doing it?” If the answer is “no”, then you know that you are in a wrong place and doing the wrong thing.

Somewhere out there your dream job is waiting for you. Go and chase your dream!

AWSome Day Roadshow 2018 in Munich

Today I’m participating in Amazon’s AWSome Day in Munich. The training starts at 09:00 a.m. and includes AWS Basics like Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS, before the day ends with a session about Serverless and Software development on AWS at 05:00 p.m.

Here is the agenda:

[09:00 – 10:00] REGISTRATION & COFFEE

[10:00 – 10:15] KEYNOTE

Learn about AWS history, why and how AWS Customers adapt the cloud.

[10:15 – 12:30] AWS Basics

This session includes:

AWS Global Infrastructure
AWS Management Console (Online-Demo)
AWS Infrastructure- Part 1

This session includes:

Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) Concepts, Instance Familiies and Types, AMI´s, utilization of metadata und userdata
Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Basics, Sub nets, Security, VPN
Online Demo: Set up of a VPC and Launch of a web server
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Concepts, Buckets, objects and S3 Simple Lifecycle Management
Amazon S3 Online – Demo

[12:30 – 13:30] LUNCH BREAK

[13:30 – 15:15] AWS Infrastructure – Part 2

This session includes:
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Concepts, Volumes, Snapshots, Performance
Amazon EC2 Instance Store Concepts und differentiation to EBS
Security, Identity und Access Management

AWS Shared Responsibility Model
Security Measures by AWS
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Concepts, Users, Groups,
Amazon Dynamo DB Concepts
Online Demo: Set up of a RDS Servers and connection to a web application

[15:15 – 15:45] COFFEE BREAK

[15:45 – 16:45] AWS Elasticity & Management Tools

The session includes:

Auto Scaling Concepts, Launch Configurations, Auto Scaling Groups and Scaling Lifecycle
Elastic Load Balancing Concepts, Request Routing and Load Balancer Types
AWS Management Tools, Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Trusted Advisor
Online-Demo: Scaling and Load Balancing of a Web-Application
AWS Serverless Architectures

Amazon API-Gateway and Amazon Lambda programming
Amazon Cloud9 – Development Environment