Bits of Reflection

“I will try ..” is a path to failure

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Bits of reflection, Featured

“I will try ..” is a path to failure

If the Pygmalion effect describes the dynamic in which an individual lives up to great expectations, the set-up-to-fail syndrome explains the opposite. It is the Golem effect. But I’d like to  see it here from an own personal perspective: an internal view. Why are we so afraid to fail? I think that a great cause of failure is one’s mindset, right from the beginning. We can sabotage ourselves before we even begin, afraid of failure or embarrassment. We are not sure of ourselves, exterior factors, the very conjuncture we can expect,...

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RIP Google Reader

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

RIP Google Reader

A moment of silence for Google Reader… RIP [View the story "RIP Google Reader" on Storify]

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Lessons Learned: Negators and Affirmators

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Bits of reflection, Experiences / Impressions

Lessons Learned: Negators and Affirmators

There are two “extremes” of people I think about today. Both types can be found all over the place, trying to do their best work, but being slightly held back by their own extra cautiousness or optimism. One is the overly pessimistic, always seeing things negatively. When you approach this kind, he always finds you a dozen of reasons why something cannot be done, all these is a flash as if just pulling them out of his sleeve right on the spot, without any effort. If you don’t watch out  you’re starting to believe...

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A Quick Peek Over a Day in Our Life

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in About Systems Engineering, Experiences / Impressions

A Quick Peek Over a Day in Our Life

To start with a statement, a clear view of: the System Engineer is the one who is leading the entire projects technical development, therefore standing side by side with the project leader, complementing him. So, the Systems Engineer becomes a point of convergence of the various expert’s opinions, recommendations and interests. All only seeing chunks of the entire problem, and trying to impose their perceived best solution. Here comes the Systems Engineer’s role in comprising the problem in it’s entire complexity as a...

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Why Am I Doing This Thinking Online

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in Bits of reflection, Experiences / Impressions, Featured

Why Am I Doing This Thinking Online

In the last couple of days I had some debate with my wife on why writing everything down. This can be an annoying habit sometimes, I admit. Though, there is a long way towards I could say I’m exaggerating  Only trying to get out the best of me, and the situation at hand. Then I took some time for really thinking about it. All my big ideas implementation followed through to completion and all accomplishments came like this. Cause what good is a god given strike of genius that only happens into your head, when it dies being forgotten the...

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What’s a System Engineer

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in About Systems Engineering, Bits of reflection, Featured

What’s a System Engineer

There is still an active discussion of what System Engineering and the system engineer is all about. I found a very interesting post on the matter here. The historical roots have created some of the differences in these definitions of “systems engineering.” For example, the INCOSE definition comes from its roots in electrical engineering and its early application in places like Bell Labs, the defense industry, and space programs.[1] All systems engineering definitions and all industrial engineering programs share a focus on a set of methods...

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What I Learned from My Masters Study

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Bits of reflection, Experiences / Impressions, Innovation

What I Learned from My Masters Study

Should I say first that I’ve enrolled for Master’s studies six years since I obtained my Bachelor diploma, and worked in the field the entire period. Then, you can ask, what’s one year compared to six to bring some more? Furthermore you will ask: then why bothering with it at all? Well, there are several reasons and even some benefits (read results) also. In the first place, I have to say that I don’t need this paper, neither am I obliged to have it. For the moment. But living these times when every block-head has a...

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Distinguishing Between Requirements and Specification

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Bits of reflection, Experiences / Impressions

Distinguishing Between Requirements and Specification

I often hear the term specification used for referring requirements… Some organizations try to produce a single specification to act as both a requirements definition and a requirements specification. When a requirements definition is combined with a specification there is often confusion between concepts and details. There’s no really clear distinction in it’s usage, though the difference is really simple. Then, what are requirements and specification? If you look on the Project Performance International site, the...

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About Requirements and Design

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Bits of reflection

About Requirements and Design

Let us be clear from the start what requirements mean. Are they the description of the system to be? At first glance yes, even though that is only half of the truth: they are the description of what the system should be doing, and what is the fashion it should behave or look like. But they are not the description of how that behavior is accomplished. If you are looking at the implementation of a required (in other words requested, desired) behavior, you are looking at design. Because that’s what requirements are all about: the what....

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Trying Out the Role of Project Leader

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Experiences / Impressions

Trying Out the Role of Project Leader

Everybody knows I’m a Systems Engineer. Everybody knows I like it, and it fits me. At least, that’s what I like to think. What seems not everybody know is that I don’t want to change. In any case, not yet. A new responsibility has been pushed in front of me: taking care of a new project’s technical leading. I see this as an opportunity: of course I accepted. As I see it, this is a great way to get more exposure to things that would be difficult to experience otherwise. In part, there are aspects encountered by a System...

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