The Y2038 Problem

The Y2038 problem is similar to the Y2K problem. We’re exactly in between both about now. Both are 18 years away, in either direction. While Y2K is over and was obvious to everyone, Y2038 is not.

The issue here relates to a representation of date and time in Unix systems, and is therefore sometimes referred to as Unix Y2K. The root is the convention to store date and time information as 32bit unsigned integer in such systems. This means, possible values are limited. Time-differences in seconds, starting from 01.Jan 1970 cannot span beyond 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038.

The Y2038 Problem
Calendar

The Y2038 problem will make all calculations beyond this date impossible, until migrated to another representation. At the time being, this seems far away. However, the problem casts its shadows already. Industries, in particular financial markets, often rely on long term forecasts.

Governance issued treasury bonds come with with the longest maturity. Often twenty years, sometimes thirty years. Calculations for complex, long running financing models easily try to estimate returns 20 years and beyond into the future. This is already beyond the problematic date that Y2038 brings. The code to run these calculations is typically complex and stable. Sometimes, it is as old as from 1970. Back then, this date-representation Unix engineers introduced this approach. 32bit covered a long period. John Femellia has a thread, over at Twitter, telling a story about the upcoming issues today.

Team Product Ownership

Team Product Ownership is a desirable property for any scrum team. Age of Product shares a few thoughts on how to encourage teams to think about customers and the product more.

Learn how to encourage product ownership with an initial day-long product mindset workshop for your Scrum team — Age-of-Product.com. #Mindset #Productdesign #Productdiscovery

Source: Age of Product

Product Owner vs. Product Manager

Product Owner vs. Product Manager: Product Management is a challenging role and requires diverse skills. Large organisation often introduce a split between two similar, close roles – Product Ownership and Product Management. Both requires a large set of skills.

Jordan Bergtraum, The Product Mentor, a mentor at The Product Guy, leads a conversation on this split.

Source: The Product Guy.

Microsofts Patch Tuesday

Y’all install Microsoft Patch Tuesday patches within 24h, right? This time Krebs On Security has some rumours that make you want to really install these patches in time.

Update: Washington Post reports, the NSA warned Microsoft about it.

The North Star Playbook

The North Star

As a concept, the North Star principle gained a lot of attention in Product Management recently. Amplitude, a vendor of analytics tools, has a guideline to this concept. Their playbook walks product managers, those that want to enter the domain or even those just curious about methods and principles through the ideas. But also sets the scenes for potential applications by walking through exemplary goals to achieve with this approach.

Stapler - The North Star
Stapler (by James Bowe)
Picture unrelated.

The playbook comes in 7 chapters, starting by describing the ideas to apply with the North Star concept. Only after the introduction the playbook enters the practical application of the concept, and with a chapter on product metric checklist checklists, it emphasises the importance of metrics. With this it also stresses the importance of selecting the right metric and not to lose a product in vain. E.g. active users would be the wrong metric, given the goal that shall be achieved.

More practical guidelines come with the chapter on running workshops in part 3, and the chapter on defining the right guiding metrics. In between, the document also gives success stories: there are sections that talk through a successful implementation of North Star at Netflix. But also Amplitude is leveraging the methodology and shares their experience in a section.

The closing chapters dedicate to debugging the processes attached, implementing them and over time changing directions.

Takeaway

In all the recent hype around the method, the key take away is to simplify ideas for your organisation. The approach is supposed to make it easy for your teams to understand the direction the product is taking. And even more following this direction. For a product management, communicating ideas should be a core skill. This approach gives great tools in doing so.

The guide to discovering your product’s North Star to improve the way you manage and build products.

from the Amplitude Playbook

Source: AmplitudeThe North Star Playbook

Arduino launches IoT platform

Arduino launches IoT platform: With the Portenta H7 Arduino announces a Platform targeted at small and medium businesses. It comes with all the connectivity necessary to enable devices classified as Internet of Things: WiFi, BLE, with physical connectivity to USB and SD-Cards, plus the well known Camera or UART connectivity. TechRadar also mentions LTE. Here is the article from TechCrunch:

Arduino launches IoT Platform
Adruino for IoT

Arduino, the open-source hardware platform, today announced the launch of a new low-code platform and modular hardware system for IoT development. The idea here is to give small and medium businesses the tools to develop IoT solutions without having to invest in specialized engineering resources. The new hardware, dubbed the Arduino Portenta H7, features everything […]

Source: Arduino launches a new modular platform for IoT development | TechCrunch

Employee motivation

This is how it most often works:

Constellation’s 2019 Enterprise Awards

Constellation Research published and awarded their Enterprise Awards to companies in 2019. R “Ray” Wang mentioned in a brief tweet:

By The Constellation Research Team Awards Showcase What Was Top Of Mind In Enterprise Technology At The End of The Decade This year the Constellation Research team attended over 270 events, engaged

Zoho: Winner of the 2019 ConstellationR Enterprise Software Award
Zoho: Winner of the 2019 ConstellationR Enterprise Software Award

The awards come in 9 distinct categories, that each comes with a elaborate description why the respective winner deserves the award.

  • BEST ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE STARTUP
  • BEST ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE VENDOR
  • BEST ENTERPRISE SERVICES VENDOR
  • BEST TECH ACQUISITION
  • BEST PARTNERSHIP
  • BEST CEO
  • BEST NEW ENTERPRISE CATEGORY
  • BEST NEW ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE MARKETING OF THE YEAR
  • BIGGEST TECH FLOP OF THE YEAR

Congrats to all the winners and nominees!

Source: Inside Constellation’s 2019 Enterprise Awards

Work more focused

The year is coming to an end and it’s time to start collecting ideas for new years resolutions. Most often, distraction keeps you from being productive. Nir & Far recaps a few ideas that help you resist distractions and work more focused.

Nir & Far

11 Last-Minute-Geschenke

Für alle, für die Weihnachten wieder einmal überraschend kam, die ein Leben on the Edge führen wollen, oder einfach von der Innenstadt in dem Zustand überfordert sind, hat der Postillon eine praktische Hilfestellung: 11 Geschenkideen für den Vormittag des 24. Dezember.

Weihnachts-Geschenke

Man kennt das ja. Da glaubt man, man hätte alle Weihnachtsgeschenke beisammen, da fällt einem im letzten Moment auf, dass man Tante Hildegard, Cousin Kevin oder den Ehepartner völlig vergessen hat. Doch verzagen Sie nicht! Der Postillon hat 11 Geschenkideen gesammelt, die Ihnen den Arsch retten, sofern Ihnen nicht 12 Geschenke fehlen:

Der Postillion

Source: Der Postillon: 11 Last-Minute-Geschenke, die Sie jetzt noch schnell improvisieren können