sábado, 12 de noviembre de 2016

Me he mudado a mi página web http://antoniofontanini.com




Querid@s amig@s,

he creado la página web http://antoniofontanini.com donde seguiré compartiendo reflexiones y aprendizajes en el blog http://antoniofontanini.com/blog-antonio-fontanini/

L@s que estáis interesad@s en seguir compartiendo esta actividad, os ruego os inscribéis en el nuevo espacio, pidiendoos perdón por las molestias que os pueda generar.

Gracias por seguirme hasta aquí, por el cariño y la generosidad demonstrada.

Abrazos,
Antonio Fontanini

La carta de Tim Cook a los empleados de Apple




Donald Trump será el nuevo presidente de EEUU a partir del 10 de Enero de 2017: la mitad de los votantes Americanos lo han elegido y los que creemos en la democracia y en lo que representa,  tenemos que respetarlo, por mucho que nos duela o nos preocupe.

Estoy seguro que muchas de las promesas disparatadas hechas por Trump en su campaña no se cumplirán, bien porqué al borde de la constitucionalidad/legalidad, bien porqué inviables, bien porqué tendrá que contar con el respaldo de su partido, bien porqué ni él se las cree de verdad.

Si demuestra ser un loco enfermo, hay mecanismos de impeachment previstos al respeto y el aparato funcionarial de EEUU ha demonstrado en el pasado ser capaz de permitir que otros personajes en principio no actos para un cargo de Presidente, acabaran su mandato "sanza infamia y sanza lode", pero sin provocar gerras nucleares o el desplome de la economia mundial.

La mejor respuesta a este reto me parece la actitud positiva demonstrada por el CEO de Apple, Tim Cook, en su carta enviada a sus empleados el miercoles, que reproduzco a continuación. Me parece una lección de dignidad y respeto digna de ser reproducida aquí.

El futuro es mejor de lo que creemos (por muchos Trumps que se crucen en nuestro camino) y nuestra vida es HOY: celebrad este día, con agradecimeinto y aplauso.

No tenemos tiempo para rencores, envidias o lamentaciones: solo tenemos tiempo para amar.

"Team,
I’ve heard from many of you today about the presidential election. In a political contest where the candidates were so different and each received a similar number of popular votes, it’s inevitable that the aftermath leaves many of you with strong feelings.

We have a very diverse team of employees, including supporters of each of the candidates. Regardless of which candidate each of us supported as individuals, the only way to move forward is to move forward together. I recall something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said 50 years ago: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” This advice is timeless, and a reminder that we only do great work and improve the world by moving forward.

While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed. Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.

I’ve always looked at Apple as one big family and I encourage you to reach out to your co-workers if they are feeling anxious.

Let’s move forward — together!

Best,
Tim."

domingo, 24 de julio de 2016

La conectividad es el nuevo destino de las naciones



En esta charla en Ted.com Parag Khanna comparte su visión sobre el futuro de las megaciudades, efecto de la Urbanización en acto en todo el planeta, una de las 4 macro tendencias que están cambiando el mundo (junto con la aceleración tecnológica, la conexión global y el envejecimiento).

En el futuro será la conectividad la que defina el destino de una región y de la mega ciudad asociada, no su geografía (es decir no tener acceso al mar, estar amenazada por vecinos "gorilas" etc.): conectividad entendida como suma de infraestructuras compartodas: carreteras, ferrocarriles, rutas aereas, gaseoductos, oleoductos, fibra óptica, redes de agua y electricidad, ..

Estoy de acuerdo con Parag que lo que necesita Middle East son más conexiones de todo tipo entre Israel y sus países vecinos, no armas: Iran, Iraq, Siria, ... necesitan infraestructuras comunes para crecer y prosperar, que unan en lugar de dividir. En Japón existe el mayor polo de población conectado del planeta, con China muy cerca: Johannesburgo y Lagos representan el prototipo de las megaciudades que suman entre un tercio y la mitad de la economía de sus regiones, como Lima, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo en Latam, o San Francisco y Los Angeles, New York/Boston/Washington en las costas oeste y este de USA etc.

Un mundo donde la conectividad haga la verdadera diferencia.

La conectividad es el nuevo destino de las naciones



En esta charla en Ted.com Parag Khanna comparte su visión sobre el futuro de las megaciudades, efecto de la Urbanización en acto en todo el planeta, una de las 4 macro tendencias que están cambiando el mundo (junto con la aceleración tecnológica, la conexión global y el envejecimiento).

En el futuro será la conectividad la que defina el destino de una región y de la mega ciudad asociada, no su geografía (es decir no tener acceso al mar, estar amenazada por vecinos "gorilas" etc.): conectividad entendida como suma de infraestructuras compartodas: carreteras, ferrocarriles, rutas aereas, gaseoductos, oleoductos, fibra óptica, redes de agua y electricidad, ..

Estoy de acuerdo con Parag que lo que necesita Middle East son más conexiones de todo tipo entre Israel y sus países vecinos, no armas: Iran, Iraq, Siria, ... necesitan infraestructuras comunes para crecer y prosperar, que unan en lugar de dividir. En Japón existe el mayor polo de población conectado del planeta, con China muy cerca: Johannesburgo y Lagos representan el prototipo de las megaciudades que suman entre un tercio y la mitad de la economía de sus regiones, como Lima, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo en Latam, o San Francisco y Los Angeles, New York/Boston/Washington en las costas oeste y este de USA etc.

Un mundo donde la conectividad haga la verdadera diferencia.

La conectividad es el nuevo destino de las naciones



En esta charla en Ted.com Parag Khanna comparte su visión sobre el futuro de las megaciudades, efecto de la Urbanización en acto en todo el planeta, una de las 4 macro tendencias que están cambiando el mundo (junto con la aceleración tecnológica, la conexión global y el envejecimiento).

En el futuro será la conectividad la que defina el destino de una región y de la mega ciudad asociada, no su geografía (es decir no tener acceso al mar, estar amenazada por vecinos "gorilas" etc.): conectividad entendida como suma de infraestructuras compartodas: carreteras, ferrocarriles, rutas aereas, gaseoductos, oleoductos, fibra óptica, redes de agua y electricidad, ..

Estoy de acuerdo con Parag que lo que necesita Middle East son más conexiones de todo tipo entre Israel y sus países vecinos, no armas: Iran, Iraq, Siria, ... necesitan infraestructuras comunes para crecer y prosperar, que unan en lugar de dividir. En Japón existe el mayor polo de población conectado del planeta, con China muy cerca: Johannesburgo y Lagos representan el prototipo de las megaciudades que suman entre un tercio y la mitad de la economía de sus regiones, como Lima, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo en Latam, o San Francisco y Los Angeles, New York/Boston/Washington en las costas oeste y este de USA etc.

Un mundo donde la conectividad haga la verdadera diferencia.

domingo, 12 de junio de 2016

Digitalización y metodologías ágiles


El mundo de los media está teniendo la misma disrupción exponencial que el transporte o la hostelería y los players tienen nombres "nuevos".
 
En EEUU, Google y Facebook facturan en un mes más por publicidad que todos los periódicos juntos.

El valor de The Washington post adquirido por Jeff Bezos en 2013 fue de 36,8 MUS, (menos que su avión privado usado Falcon900). 

Cualquier persona con un dispositivo de acceso a la red es hoy en teoría un periodista/brand manager/comunicador/evangelista/promotor/detractor/blogger/community manager/Chief Engagement Officer/ .....

La digitalización es la gran apuesta de las empresas y en las compañias donde invierto solemos utilizar metodologías ágiles (tipo Scrum) y ser muy digitales, sobre todo para manejar grupos de trabajo remotos y always on las 24 horas. 

Cuando trabajas con nómadas digitales, la cosa se pone más interesante y exótica todavía :) y sitos como Roam https://www.roam.co o SURF OFFICE http://www.thesurfoffice.com empiezan a estar en tu vida. 

Lo bueno es que luego te acostumbras a utilizar las mismas metodología para temas de management puro y esto afecta a las reuniones (pocas, cortas y de pié), las herramientas de gestión (One Page Plan, un plan estratñegico en una hoja), la comunicación interna, a trabajar en red (¿porqué abrir dos documentos si podemos trabajar todos en el mismo?), ...

Dejadme compartir una sugerencia de una herrramienta de "digitalización"  que utilizamos https://slack.com  y un artículo ( en https://medium.com)  de un colega que lo explica mejor que yo (es en Inglés pero confío no sea un problema).
Shut down your office 

Actualmente en otra empresa estamos probando con Jira

https://es.atlassian.com/software/jira y aquí otro artículo que cuenta la experiencia
So you want to manage a product

El modo más innovador que conozco para eliminar papeles es inclinar de 15º las mesas de l@s sospechos@s :) (sobre todo de sus asistentes).

Go Digital (Be digital).

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

Commencement day talk de Steve Blank en NYU

Reporto aquí el discurso integral de Steve Blank en la graduación de 2016 de la NYU.
Cualquier comentario que no sea disfrutar del texto, sobra.
Thank you for the opportunity to address you on your graduation from this esteemed engineering school. I’m honored to help you celebrate this important milestone.

NYU commencement speech
Your life is already full of milestones: Your first steps, your first kiss, passing a driving test, this graduation. And there are more to come: your first job, getting married, buying a house, having a child, becoming a manager, starting a company, retirement – and eventually commencement speaker :-)
In 33% of the commencement speeches this year, 2.8 million graduates are going to hear advice about “follow your own path.” Or “Learn from others”. Or the perennial favorite, “you can make a difference.”
All of this is great advice. In fact, I’m going to give you exactly the same advice. But in very few of these speeches does anyone let you in on why we’re telling you this with such passion and urgency.
So today as we celebrate your graduation I’m going to tell you why.
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When I was young, I learned a quote in Sunday school, that has stayed with me throughout my life. It said, "teach us to number our days that we gain a heart of wisdom ". Since then I’ve had a series of interesting careers: technician in the Air Force, tech writer, marketer, entrepreneur, CEO and now educator and mentor.
But this idea has never been far from my mind: That most of us will wake up 28,762 days- and then one day - we won't.
That means you have about 21,000 days left -  and about 14,000 of them for your career.  So herein lies the urgency.
In every startup I did, every new course I created, and everything I've taught, the phrase "make every day count" took on new meaning when I knew how many were left.
So how do you live a life making the most of each day?
That’s the challenge we all face - and we all make different choices on how we do it. But this morning I’d like to share three short stories – about how I made my days count and gained some wisdom from others.
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So my first story is about Taking Risks and Pushing Boundaries
As you enter the working world, you’ll hear things like, “That’s not how we do things here.”  “It’s never been done that way before.”  and “The rules say you can’t do this.”
Some of these rules will keep you from killing yourself on the job. Some are required for you to gain the skills to perform your job. But most everything else people will tell you about rules is wrong.  Not kind of wrong, but spectacularly wrong. It’s ironic because ignoring the rules is what drives innovation and invention. While most visionaries turn out to be hallucinating, the few who are right push the human race further along.
Let me give you an example.
When I retired after 21 years working in 8 startups, I was invited to be a guest lecturer at the business school at the University of California Berkeley. They thought I could tell good stories about what it was like to start a company. Soon I began to pester the head of the department about this new idea I had… that startups are not smaller versions of large companies.
Actually they’re entirely different.
Established businesses execute business models while startups search for them.
Yet everyone – investors, entrepreneurs, academics -- expected new startups to follow the same practices that worked for large companies - write a business plan, forecast 5-year sales projections and build the product without ever talking to customers.

I was a lone voice inside one of the country’s leading business schools challenging the conventional wisdom of the last 40 years, proposing that everything we were teaching about starting companies was wrong.

I can’t tell you the number of very smart professors and venture capitalists who laughed in my face. But I didn’t give up.  Because I knew the clock was running and I was determined to make every day count.
I saw something that they didn’t and to their credit…Berkeley’s Business School and then Stanford’s Engineering School let me write and teach a new course based on my ideas.
Five years later the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted this class, now called the Innovation Corps, as the basis of commercializing science in the Unites States. This unorthodox idea has become a movement …called The Lean Startup -  and has led to entirely new ways to start companies, commercialize science, and think about innovation.
How did this happen?  Innovation comes from those who see things that others don’t. It comes from people who not only question the status quo -  But keep persisting in the face of all the naysayers. 
Because your time here is limited.
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My second story is about Mentors and gaining the heart of the wisdom
Questioning dogma doesn’t mean rejecting all advice and guidance from others who’ve come before you.
In fact, your career and life can take on a very different trajectory if you find mentors and use that time to learn from their experience.
As an entrepreneur in my 20’s and 30’s, I was lucky to have two extraordinary mentors, each brilliant in his own field. One, Ben Wegbreit taught me how to think – Ben reviewed my first datasheet and returned it with entire paragraphs circled in red labeled “CFP” – I finally got enough nerve to ask him what CFP meant and he said, “Content Free Paragraph”. While Ben taught me how to think, Gordon Bell taught me what to think about. Gordon had the uncanny ability to see the future trajectory of computer and chip technology way before I even understood the problem.
I had no idea I was being mentored and never asked for it. But I sought out these really smart people, because I wanted to know what they knew.
In hindsight I realize that what made these brilliant engineers put up with me was that I was giving as good as I was getting. While I was learning from them – and their years of experience and expertise – what I was giving back was equally important. I brought fresh insights and new perspectives to their thinking.
In hindsight I realize now that mentorship is a two-way street.
Finding a mentor can change your life – this is where you can gain a heart of wisdom.
So if someone takes an interest in your work and career, be open to their advice.  And think about what you can bring to the relationship.
Teach us to number our days that we gain a heart of wisdom.
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My last story is about serendipity and making the days count
Some of you may think you have a clear sense of where your career is headed.  Others of you may still have no idea. But either way, while the days count down, none of you should be worrying about what you will be doing 10 or 20 years from now. Because none of it will happen as you expect.
While your education has prepared you to master the facts, the other half of your brain needs to learn to trust in serendipity. By the way, the engineering definition of serendipity is, that life is too unpredictable to pre-compute. Serendipity is when it all comes together and you put all the days of your life into what becomes that of heart of wisdom.
Here’s the latest way Serendipity changed my life.
Over the last decade I’ve watched the Lean Startup approach to entrepreneurship take off. The National Science Foundation adopted it.  The Lean LaunchPad class is now taught around the world - and VC’s expect entrepreneurs to talk about not just their technology but their customer development findings.
It was amazing to see the movement I started grow and thrive.
Just recently serendipity sent me down a new road that connected dots from 40 years ago to today.
When I was 18 I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
After hanging up my uniform I had little interaction with the military until four decades later, when a group in the Department of Defense invited me to give a talk about Lean methods. Shortly after that, I met Pete Newell, the retired head of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force – one of the best Lean and agile organizations in the military – and I met Joe Felter an ex Special Forces Colonel. As I spent time with Pete, Joe and the Department of Defense, two things struck me –
  • The U.S. government is still operating like a 20th century organization while our adversaries are operating at 21st century speed. And
  • Solving this problem requires new ways to think about how to organize, build, and deploy national security solutions.
Serendipity had just brought together my military experience of 40 years ago and the tools and techniques I spent the last decade building for Lean Startups.
I asked: What if we could teach students how use Lean methods to solve the most challenging national security problems? A new class - Hacking for Defense - was born.
Together with Pete and Joe and support from many others, we just taught this class for the first time - and hopefully will soon teach it here.
We plan to scale the class across the country and create a new opportunity for students to engage in national service—solving problems to keep Americans safe at home and abroad.
How did this happen?  Showing up a lot, and being open to new seemingly unconnected experiences, helped me create something that never existed before.
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For me, knowing I was counting the days made me choose to work on things that pushed boundaries and made us collectively smarter.
So what do these stories mean for you?
  1. Take risks and push boundaries
  2. Learn from wise people who may know more than you do
  3. And let serendipity happen.
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Of course only you can decide what you will do with the 14,000 days in your career.
But as engineers trained here at NYU you have a distinct advantage. As graduates you’ve been given the tools to design and build things to help people live better lives. You can solve major challenges the world faces.  You can create something that never existed.
Congratulations class of 2016.
My challenge to you - make every day ahead mean something.
Teach us to number our days that we gain a heart of wisdom
Make all the days of your life matter.