The importance of culture

Origin Post on LinkedIn, Published on January 6, 2020


Being abroad in Japan the last couple weeks, I’ve noticed that the high efficiency -from crossing roads to almost everything- they do (cooking/public transportation/etc) is due to the fact of using small queues for every step of the process. Reaching to a maximum throughout with small effort.

The culture of small batches/queues reminds me the core principles of #DevOps as they have identified in the book “The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement” by Eli Goldratt and of course in “Theory of Constraints”.

Imagine this culture to everything you do in your life. From work to your personal life. Reducing any unnecessary extra cost, reducing waste by performing Kata. Kata is about form, from dancing to creating your cloud infrastructure with reproducible daily work or routines that are focusing in the process for reaching your business goals.

This truly impresses me in Japanese culture among with the respect they are showing to each other. You may of course notice the young people riding their bicycles in the middle of the street, watching their smartphone instead of the road 😀but the majority of people bow their head to show respect to other people and other people’s work or service.

We, sometimes forget this simple rule in our work. Sometimes the pressure, the deadlines or the plethora of open tickets in our Jira board (or boards) makes us cranky with our colleagues. We forget to show our respect to other people work. We forget that we need each other for reaching to our business values as a team.

We forget to have fun and joy. To be productive is not about closing tickets is about using your creativity to solve problems or provide a new or improve an old feature that can make your customers happy.

Is about the feedback you will get from your customers and colleagues, is about the respect to your work. Is about being happy.

For the first time in my life, I took almost 30days out of work, to relax, to detox (not having a laptop with me) to spend some time with family and friends. To be happy. So if any colleague from work is reading this article:

  • Domo arigato

Happy new year (2020) to everybody. I wish you all good health and happiness.

PS: I am writing this article in a superexpress speed train going to Hiroshima, at 300 km/h