Why I Still Carry a Notebook & Pen

Staying prepared for any idea that comes up with my trusty EDC notebook & pen.

I get questioned why I carry a notebook and pen when I can use my phone. My answer will always be, “it’s convenient”. I don’t have to wait for an app to type something in with my fat fingers. I can quickly jot down a note and review it later during some down time.

Not only is it convenient, but it keeps me focused and gives me the pace I need to think things through. Otherwise, I’d get distracted by social media or checking my emails and I’ll forget the idea or task I needed to do. When I wake up and have an idea, it doesn’t take long to grab my pen and notebook that’s next to me.

One of the things that I’d like to start pushing for is an understanding that paper and pen are still part of an Information System. Some IT people may disregard the concept and point out an information system only has something to do with technology. And when they talk about technology, they’re referring to computers and other smart devices. I challenge that traditional thought.

I can just as well write instructions on a piece of paper using a pen and it can be considered a program. Being very proficient at identifying processes, it doesn’t matter if a piece of technology or a person is doing the work. I’m a big proponent of understanding the process. Once the process is understood then a decision maker can be responsible for choosing who or what will get the process done.

Others may use a fancy, free app on their phones to jot down notes but I prefer my pocket notebook and a pen. What do you prefer? Let’s talk story, holler @ me.

Project Management & Graffiti

If you haven’t noticed by now, I appreciate art. Any kind of art that catches my attention. When I’m traveling, sometimes I wonder how did graffiti get on certain places. How did that artist get that done? Especially because of the location and accessibility of the canvas.

Growing up there was graffiti everywhere. Overpasses, trains, mailboxes, the bus, windows, walls, bathrooms, etc. Some are bad and some are good. And good can mean anything. I’d like to get you to think about the artistically good ones. The ones that uses so many coordinated colors and shapes. How did an artist do those murals on the side of a subway train?

My conclusion: Graffiti artists are really good at project management. They target a goal (whatever canvas they’re going to tag on), collect their supplies, execute it in his/her head when and where they’re going to get the job done, and are fully aware of scope creep (by way of monitoring security, cops, and witnesses). He/she has a very defined deliverable.

Something light after a missile scare in Hawaii. Watch out for my perspective of “pressing the wrong button” in the next couple of weeks. I really want to hash out the process behind the interface and people responsible for scaring around 1.5 million of my neighbors.

Until next time, thoughts or comments are always welcome. Let’s talk story, holler @ me.