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Joining Canonical

Filed under: Canonical,News,personal,ubuntu — Tags: — Antti Kaijanmäki @ 12:02

As of today I’m Software Engineer at Canonical.

wheeee… 8)


Leaving Nomovok

Filed under: News,Nomovok,personal — Antti Kaijanmäki @ 21:18

As some of you might already know, I’m leaving the company this Friday. It has been a wonderful ride for me and I owe you all a big thank you.

I sure will miss you all. Good speed and good luck with your the future endeavours!

Even though there has been some really rough times for me and my family, I’ve always received the support of my dear colleagues. I would like to especially thank Pasi Nieminen, Rauli Priha and Anu Elomaa for their humane and kind words along the way.

I would also like to thank the whole team of OpenN, absent or not, who really impacted my life and made the work feel like something out of the ordinary for over two years. You guys rock!


Phone Booth Consulting

Filed under: News,personal — Tags: — Antti Kaijanmäki @ 16:42

I’m now a sole proprietorship: www.phoneboothconsulting.com

As you can see from my LinkedIn profile, there’s something going on under my table ;-)

Also notice that I’m applying language based customization to my offerings.


Book: Peopleware

Filed under: Books — Tags: , — Antti Kaijanmäki @ 00:46
Title: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition)
Authors: Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister
ISBN: 9780932633439

What can I say.. Many people recommended this book for me, but unfortunately it’s hard to get in reasonable price. If anyone wants to get a copy, and you should, I recommend you order from Borders.

The book, although the main content has been written over 20 years ago, gives a humane point of view in the area of project management and organizations. It was almost shocking to me to discover that the same problems that DeMarco and Lister pointed out in our way of industry is are still completely valid today; the lack of humane aspect in organizations.

The main message which I received from the book was that it’s crucial for companies to invest in “human capital”; the well-being and comfort of the people who work for them. Human capital is something that does not have any direct measurable value in money, but the value comes from greater productivity and results; happy people get more done in less time.

It was striking that as a team manager I have sometimes questioned my decisions whether or not I should do “as it’s always done” or should I try to find out some other solution which is more pleasant for the subordinates the decision affects. This book clearly clears all the questions from my head; do a decision that show you care for your people and invest on human capital and in the end you always end up with better results.

After reading the book I feel I’ve matured as a manager as I now clearly have a clear approved guidance to concentrate on the most important asset of any organization: the human capital.


Delicious News!

Filed under: personal — Antti Kaijanmäki @ 17:21

This wonderful news came in this morning from Yahoo! to all existing del.icio.us users:

Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.

Cheers to AVOS!

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