Hoshin Kanri

Since 2000 or so, I regularly use a Hoshin sheet to jumpstart new projects or business.

Hoshin Kanri has its roots in the 1950s when lectures by Dr. Deming and Dr. Juran in Japan taught the Deming Wheel (PDCA Cycle) and the need to focus on management processes for continuous improvement, including both Breakthrough Management and Daily Management.

Hoshin Kanri is an organising framework for strategic management. It is concerned with four primary tasks:

  • it focuses organisation attention on corporate direction by setting, annually, a vital few strategic priorities;
  • it aligns these with local plans and programmes;
  • it integrates them with daily management, and
  • it provides for a structured review of their progress.

More and more companies recognized its value over the 30 years of refinement. Today, The Toyota Way resonates very well with the practices of Agile Software Development. Joined with holacratic principles, government and practices it grows into a very effective leadership instrument.

Read more on Hoshin Kanri on AardRock’s Wiki.

Do not backup! Severe tire damage.


The complete and total loss of your web host provider (WebHostPlus in my case) does have its advantages: it gives you a clean slate, a void, from where you can start over.

So I did:

  • Set up a replica on my PowerBook G4 of everything I had running earlier so I can easily restore and sync on the DutchNet VPS when it becomes available.
  • Restored all databases (yes, I do have a daily backup ftp-ed to my local host) and cleaned them up:
    • renamed them according to a consistent naming convention;
    • UTF-8 the blogs;
    • dropped the ones I do not need.
  • Configured MediaWiki’s LocalSettings.php so that they all run from a shared directory, using different databases and settings for each separate wiki.
  • Find and restore lost images (oops, did not back them up in a single directory; images scattered over several folders on my Mac; Wiki images from others still te recover…).

All this and more took me the larger part of this week.

Welcome to DutchNet

That’s a quicky. Found DutchNet to be a friendly, professional and affordable local provider. They’re in Bilthoven, just around the corner of Utrecht, speak Dutch and Linux. Purchased their Reseller 15 product and was up & running again in a jiffy.

Ah, well, email worked and I had some basic pages on my websites. Still waiting for DutchNet to come up with a full-blown Virtuozzo VPS with ssh and root access so I have complete freedom to restore my wiki and blog databases.

Erik Venema from DutchNet expects full VPS to be operational by the end of this week (Friday, May 18). I wish him well.

Joost—free TV with a peer-to-peer community

From http://www.joost.com/about.html:

What’s Joost? It’s free TV, with the choice to watch alone or with friends. Joost is packed with internet tools such as instant messaging and channel chat, allowing people to really share the TV experience.
It’s a completely secure platform for content owners that respects their rights, while protecting and enhancing their brands. And it’s an incredibly flexible way for advertisers to reach a truly global audience, in ways that really work. Joost isn’t just video on the internet – it’s the next generation of television for viewers, content owners and advertisers everywhere.

Grown from a handful of people in a small office outside Amsterdam. Niklas Zennstrøm and Janus Friis—KaZaa, Skype. Peer-to-peer. Community. Promising. I wish them a lot of succes!

TextBender—Web 3.0 distributed Wiki-like text writing

Interesting new way of distributed collaboration…

TextBender is a system of collaborative writing based on recombinant text,
textbender has these characteristics:

  • Your text belongs to a population, one text per author.
  • Quality bits of text are swapped among authors, peer to peer.
  • Individual authorship is retained and traceable throughout.

Textbender is currently aimed at creative writing, particularly at short verse. A demonstration is being prepared.

Recombinant text is a medium of collaborative design and composition, with a basis in biological theory. In computer science, it belongs to the subfield of human-based genetic algorithms. In biological terms, it is analogous to population genetic engineering; but with populations that consist of texts.

The texts are Web documents. Intercommunication is by Web protocols, and the result is the collaborative production of Web content. Recombinant text is therefore comparable to a Wiki. But it differs in its distributed architecture and peer-to-peer communication pattern (populations), formalized data units (genes), and semantic labels (loci). These place it in the arena of Web 3.0.

Several design approaches to recombinant text have been investigated to date. The ultimate approach (below top) would rely on a mechanism of gene complexing to transfer variations of plot, character, and other patterns from text to text. This approach would have a range of groupware applications in general design, as well as literary and musical composition. It would also be difficult to realize, and remains a vision for the future.

Read more on TextBender or try the TextBender demo.

Digitale LEGO®: moeiteloos doorlopend actueel

Digitale LEGO® moeiteloos doorlopend actueel zonder handmatig onderhoud via mashups”’.

Google, eBay, Amazon, YouTube, Last.fm en Yahoo geven externe programmeurs toegang tot delen van hun kernsoftware via zogeheten APIs: technische bruggetjes.

Zo ontstaat een nieuw web van zogenaamde mashups. Kortom, API + API = mashup. Ook bekend als SAAS—Software As A Service.

Ning.com, OpenKapow.com en Yahoo Pipes vereenvoudigen verder de groei van mashups. Koppel dit aan open source tools zoals MediaWiki (wiki) en WordPress (blog) en je krijgt een uitermate rijke voedingsbodem.

Ideaal voor inititatieven zoals NNN.