Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Acquisition and merging of companies and manager's jobs and challenges

It is a very healthy and productivity improving activities for the society and for shareholder and requires special skilled people to manage the process and make it smooth.  The goal for management is really about how to make the values from the acquired company to form the synergy, so one plus one is not just equal to two but greater than two.

This is about the value, which is a lot of times measured as Return on Investment.  From shareholder perspective, in a standard financial term, it is the EPS.  This is not about the size of the merged company.  The number of employees may increase or decrease.  The number of sites may increase or decrease.  The number of customers may increase or decrease.  The number of products may increase or decrease.  The point is the share holder's value should be increased.

Whether you within a merged and acquired company are on the increased or decreased sides, it really depends on what is the net contribution you and your organization are is on the equation.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

MVP Trap and RAT (Riskiest Assumption and Test)

Recently I had a conversation with our new product management VP.   It was a very interesting and enlightening talk.

A lot of time, the MVP is being misused or inappropriately applied.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Team Work and Lan Yu Chong Shu


Here is a Chinese Story about 濫竽充數 ( Lan Yu Chong Shu):

During the warring states period (475 – 221B.C.) in ancient China, the King of the state of Qi was very fond of listening to music played on Yu, a wind instrument made of bamboo and wood.   The King convened musicians from all the states and formed a large royal band with 300 musicians.  When he wanted to listen to
the music, he would call in the whole band to play Yu together.  The ensemble was spectacular and the sound was thunderous to ears, but the King seemed to quite enjoy the effect, so he kept this habit all the time.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Oracle Bug Status Codes and the Process

Found the bug status codes used by Oracle:

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/acquisitions/hyperion/bugstatusdescription-072226.pdf

I think that it is a sophisticated system and represents accumulated knowledge over time at Oracle.

Here are the processes I followed to use this system.