Slogan of the month: Stop starting and start finishing. (Again) What have I done: Re-created the CoT project portfolio, now in a digital version (experimenting with Excel). It is good for sharing in our digital and distributed working environment, but a bit harder to update. I attended the Bonn Agile Meetup January: “IoT und Bastelprojekte” and talked about my AirQuality Lab project I attended a lot of Kick-Off-events (unit, department, CoT-team, Service Development team). Some were useful, some had good food. I worked on our first goals for 2017. First results in February 2017. I completed a course on my Coursera data science specialization course (Reproducible research) Watched the NFL playoffs Read: Clemens Vasters definitions of elements of Internet of Things The current state of machine intelligence 3.0 7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start) IoT-Trends in 2017 Data analytics projects: From theory to practice I said it more…
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Want to learn about the Internet of Things and how to work with a sensor? I did too! I’ve been experimenting with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) since 2014 and have learned about the challenges with my sensor project: the AirQuality Lab. In the beginning, I just wanted to create something and work with the components. The scope of my side project was to read values from a sensor, transfer it to a thing-backend and then learning from the data. This post starts with the basic setup of the Thing and the following posts will cover further points.
After finishing a project in late 2014, I played around to learn a bit more about the Internet of Things (IoT) stuff for my next project. So, it was (and is) proposed, that “everything is connected in 2020” and I had to think about a product, product strategy and technical implementation in this area. Our thoughts about a domain model for IoT at this time was, to reduce everything to a source and a drain. Well, as hardware is cheap (but this is not all) I bought a Raspberry PI, a bunch of sensors and a small LCD display. Inspired by the CubeSensors, I wanted to measure air quality with the sensors and work with the derived data. This should help to understand how things process data, how to transfer it, how to analyze and derive information from it. I started the AirQuality Lab. Continue reading The AirQuality Lab: How To Work With IoT Sensors
Slogan of the month: The intellectual capital of your business has two legs and walks home every day.
What have I done:
- Had nice workshops at Fraunhofer Institute for Big Data Analytics
- Successfully finished hard work on a internal data center migration with the Cloud of Things team
- Planted the seeds for the hosting quality improvements
- Worked on the performance of my blog. Improved site performance by 40%. PHP upgrade to v7 was the most gain. Performance could be better but for my kind of hosting it’s very good.
- Designed strategy, corner milestones and goals for 2017
- Prepared my talk for Bonn Agile Meetup January: IoT und Bastelprojekte (more on this later in this blog)
- Enjoyed Christmas and New Year’s Eve vacation
As a recap of 2016, I have created a list of the 2016 books I have bought and read. At least a serious bit. Maybe you are also interested in these books. Efficient Learning Machines: Theories, Concepts, and Applications for Engineers and System Designers Mariette Awad, Rahul Khanna This book is more a reference of Machine Learning and I use it this way. The book contains much mathematical stuff to explain the algorithms. So if you like Agile IT Organization Design: For Digital Transformation and Continuous Delivery Sriram Narayan I choose this book as a resource for organizing my teams and make the organization more agile. While carefully selecting the methods to apply for me, I liked one the most: Alignment Maps. This concept helped my team to understand which business goals we have and why they have to do everything. A great way to show the team why their…
If you are like me preparing the new year between the holidays, maybe these resources help you like me.
Brian Tracy Goal Setting Guide
Brian Tracy has written down a good guide for goal setting. He hasn’t added anything which is not common sense, if you have already read the basics of this topic. You can get his article for 0$ here, you just need to subscribe to the newsletter. Of course you can use trash-mail.com or so, but he is an excellent source for information about personal development and productivity. I just learned he has an app for this process too, but I haven’t tried yet. Continue reading Goal Setting & Time Management
In the early days of the Internet of Things hype, the industry stated that computing power and accessories are cheap and ubiquitous. Read: available and ready to use. The good part of this statement is, that it is true. Partly. RaspberryPi, Arduino, Seed Studio Groove, Adafruit Feather and so on are cheap and versatile computing devices, available on many online retailers. Several toolkits and online resources help the hackers and makers to prototype and develop products. Also many online platforms are ready for the users to connect and manage the things.
Nonetheless is the Internet of Things not as ready as the industry states. You can prototype fast, but if you would like to adapt the Internet of Things for your business. If you compare the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies from 2015 and 2016 you may see, that the Internet of Things was dropped. While not sure if intentionally or not, it can’t be found on the plateau of productivity. I would place it in the trough of disillusion. For example, here are some topics, the industry is struggling with.
One day, my friend Christoph Görn told me something about risk estimation. I think he learned it at IBM or so. It is a keep it simple stupid technique for tech projects and you get a quick result. I used it in my recent years as a technical program manager to judge my projects and it never failed.
tl;dr: There are three simple criteria to assess the risk of a project in a quick & easy way.
- Does it involve technology which is new to you?
- Does the project involve a partner/supplier/team you have no experience with?
- Does the project has a volume which is relatively high for you?
Slogan of the month: What you see is not always what you get
What have I done:
- Worked on the Cloud of Things Java Rest SDK
- Been happy to be ranked as a leader in the magic quadrant in Gartner Report of “Managed M2M Services“
- Shook my head about the president election in the USA.
- Proceed in my study of Data Science
- Worked on the strategy & goals for 2017’s Cloud of Things
- Worked on NB-IoT integration
- Field report of a Docker user: Docker in Production: A History of Failure
- “Because lot of the engineers and researchers in and around “IoT”, me included, are getting quite tired of these sorts of fluff “vision” and “projecting competence” pieces that don’t contribute anything new to the conversation” → Storm the Beaches! Liberate IoT Data!?
- [GER] Eine lesenswerte Kolumne zur Digitalisierung in Deutschland auf t3n.Warum digitale Zerstörung manchmal besser ist als digitale Transformation
- Want to advance your Maker garage? → Led Tester/Current Limiter Continue reading Retrospective November 2016
Maybe you are a regular reader of my blog. By regular I mean at least once a year or so. ;-) If so, you may have noticed the last half of the year this blog was more or less abandoned. But this was not because nothing happened. It happened so much that I didn’t find the time to write. A common thing I’m sure you know about. But was going on?
I took part in two Enduro Mountain Bike races. It was such a great experience. I got much impressions, learned to handle my bike in deep mud. Okay, I don’t got it, I crashed several times. I got a glimpse of what it means to be constant during a season. Daily training eats up your time, that’s for sure. Keeping up the motivation after three months was too hard for me. Results? I don’t want to talk about ;-), but I had great fun at the races and that’s what counts for me.
I have married! As usual, I keep the private things private on this blog. I decided to take over my wife’s surname. I updated this site domain, so please update your bookmarks, RSS readers, etc. to patricksteinert.de for best reading experience.
A productivity topic I always work on, is note keeping. One of the basic questions is ubiquitous: analog or digital notes? While I like Evernote a lot (I’m using it since years), I also like taking notes in a classic notebook. Inspired by Andy Brands article I decided to use the Quo Vadis Notebooks. But I also use a Moleskine 18 month calendar to track time planned things.
Pro digital note keeping
- Ubiquitous access with any device at any time
- Is “never” full
- Is searchable
Pro analog note keeping
- Unlimited styles of notes: drawings, decoration
- Simple: Pen & Paper and here you go
So what to do? Continue reading Note keeping – a hybrid approach