Just a rant, part 1

I’ve given myself a couple minutes to come up with a great headline with enough punch that could give all of us a bit more amazement than 2016 has given us so far. — Not going to happen.

I consider myself as a fairly normal person (whatever that may be according to anybody else). I yell in the car whilst driving to work, although I’ve managed to tuned down the daily roadrage with a bit of meh also known as zen/mindfulness/yourbuzzwordhere. Yelling also happens on the way back home.

Inbetween the yelling I try to indulge myself with the stuff that amazing people make; such as interaction animations on dribbble or what Luke W, Sara S and plenty of others have to say on twitter. You can find great inspiration, both visually and mentally by just browsing peoples work and ideas. I like it, I really do. It is what keeps me motivated in my job, the idea of change — to something better.

Recently I changed my job, to a larger company that I’m used to. I have become a floater and I do not like it. “Change” is a commonly used word but never put to action within a month or two. It is time indefinite and a cultural thing. Fear of change has gotten itself deeply buried. Changes that have not been fully committed have set multiple scars on people over time. Hearing the word change brings out the defensive stance with all bells and whistles included.

But I’ve realised that people are not afraid of the actual change. It is the history of it they fear.

Yesterday whilst searching how geofencing worked with a smartthings hub, I noticed a comment in the smartthings forum that foretold all the issues with change.

The reality however is once you recognize that you're up against architectural limits, you're done. No amount of refactoring and optimization is going to solve it. It's almost always better to freeze the current design and start fresh, learning from your mistakes. It's painful and hard, but it's the only way. Good luck to you all, anyway.

Do we really need to wipe off all the old and replace it with the new? Smartthings is a company bought by Samsung for their smart home approach and technology. When a smaller company is consumed by a larger one, there has to be some cultural changes. Or assimilation if you prefer that word instead. A small change that could take hours or minutes by discussing with your nearby colleagues might now take months with the added friction of top level executives. The digging into creating powerpoints and excel spreadsheets starts, taking a huge chunk of your creative time. You take the role as a missionary trying to convert all non-believers to worshipers.

This is not what I signed up for.

You keep your faith close and tell yourself that change is on its way, every day. You have become a floater, searching for others like you to build a raft.

This is not what I signed up for; you whisper.

End of part 1.