With El Nino and La Nina, forecasting weather becomes half easier. It’s  going to be hot or very wet. How hot it is going to be or the volume of water pour is a different forecasting in itself. Not so long ago, weather forecast were published only on  the daily newspaper and on prime time television news. Nowadays there is the internet and a full-access of information that comes from the bureau (www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph) and organizations with the same interest. With the high profile case of climate changes, the P.I. is not spared (remembering Ondoy), which brings me to ask how are data gathered for analysis. If i read the daily forecast, it normally provides a temperature range for the whole day, i.e. 25 to 35 deg-C.

Practically that’s taking the probability of 25-35 applied to say 7am to 9pm of the day. Now weather may be the least of your concern from going to the office  ’till you head back home and looking for an umbrella because its raining like crazy. But the same weather can make or break your day. 25-35 will surely provide a good accuracy rate (right) but it is not as precise as we need it to be. Consider bringing umbrella or raincoat and not be able to use it is another way of looking at it.  Probe.

And lots of probes everywhere. I can remember making barometer and anemometer while in primary school as a science project, ever wondered where the gadgets ended up. Fast forward to the present and more technical schools after, we can install this project in every corner of the streets hidden on a lamp post or street signs. Powered by the sun or the harnessed wind and connected to a public wifi – the collected data by these probes can be uploaded to the bureau or a shared database. With different forecasting methods the public data can be very useful!

How about preparing the day with a very useful weather forecast. And there’s no other way to be prepared from a disaster than having a reliable historical data to analyze. Instead of simply watching video clips of the past.

I attended our highschool (HS) reunion last december, more of a christmas party. There’s a handful of batchmate (Aquinas B’89) who is also in the Information ang Technology Management industry.  Val (na walang malay) M. is into ethical hacking and is managing pinoysecurity.blogspot.com clealy was into something. We are now collaborating to form an end-to-end managed complaince company.

A year ago we posted the list of training schedule from Philrice — https://tmdefinition.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/how-to-grow-the-rice-that-we-eat-philrice-training-courses/. After inquiries and a year later where we now experience shortage in supply, i got a reply from yet another TM ‘mate Glen Ilar, who’s in charge of the training portfolio. He’s a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute or Philrice and was a classmate in KM class with ‘the father‘. Apparently with the crisis, Philrice was busy with the ‘rice-self-sufficiency’ program of the government and so trainings were streamlined.

  • Specialists Training Course on PalayCheck System for EWs of the focus provinces. we have 2 batches: 1 batch which will be conducted here at PhilRice-CES on July 21 to October 22 and 1 batch which will be held at PhilRice-Midsayap in North Cotabato from July 14 to October 15, 2008.
  • 3 batches of Training of Trainers in collaboration with IRRI. These will be held on August 11-22; Sept 1-12; and Sept 29 to October 10. Participants will be RSTC and TOT graduates.

You can reach Philrice through their site and at training[at]philrice[dot]gov[dot]ph

I’m suprised myself compared to a full blown training portfolio just over a year ago. But drastics steps needs to be done to resolve the rice supply crisis and Philrice is contributing whatever they can. We definitely can expect more when everything is settled.

And way back when we started dwinix tried his entrepreneur creativity by posting ways of selling varieties of cooked rice — https://tmdefinition.wordpress.com/2006/11/22/rice-preneurship/. You’ve got supply challenges now dwinix!

 

Danny Manayaga, president of Secura International is setting up four biodiesel plants next year and is looking for qualified Project Managers with experience in a greenfield setting up of oil extraction facility. Candidates must be able to handle foreign and local contractors and vendors. Applicants with related experience are encouraged to apply!

Danny is a pioneer in the local biotech industry, from papaya enzyme to rabies vaccine to biodiesel from coconut. Late last year  during a meet-up, he discussed about the promising source of biodiesel from malunggay which we commonly use as part ingredient for chicken tinola. But instead of the leaves, the seed will be the source of energy. We don’t eat the seeds anyway.

This is an alternative for farmers aside from the known applications of the moringa tree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moringa_oleifera, the biodiesel application is an obvious solution to the rising fuel cost. With a minimum of 1 hectare the farmers can earn P200,00.00 (net). Secura International will be buying these seeds and  process it. This is Philippines answer to jathropa initially popularized in India.

Related News:  

http://www.newsflash.org/2004/02/ht/ht008246.htm

http://www.biotechforlife.com.ph/news_lowlymalunggay.htm

Interested? contact Danny : secura[@]pacific[dot]net[dot]ph

A colleague is helping out a start-up company (PCB design business) that is looking for applicants for the following positions:

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Hardware Engineer

  • Must possess at least a Bachelor’s/College degree in Engineering (EE, ECE or CoE) or equivalent
  • Knowledge of PCB circuit layout and design (fresh graduates are welcome to apply)
  • Willing to work on shifts for a start-up company
  • Good written and spoken English communication skills
  • Part-time or Full-time positions available
  • Salary will be based on skills and experience

Shift Supervisor

  • At least four years of work experience in PCB layout and design
  • Familiarity with multi-layer PCBs is an advantage
  • Candidate shall regularly report to US office
  • Proficiency in MS Windows applications
  • Willing to work on shifts for a start-up company
  • Good written and spoken English communication skills
  • Salary will be based on skills and experience

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If you know of any one who might be interested, please ask them to send their CVs to:

cacaster21@yahoo.com or to pgalace@yahoo.com. The requirement is URGENT!!!

Please pass this info around.

The most important consideration of the world’s most innovative companies is how to develop and maintain a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.  One of the issues that should be addressed is the need to stimulate innovation.

Departments such as marketing and manufacturing are known as the money-generators, while R&D is one of the departments known to soak up funds fast, with no realized return of investment.

Due to this fact, companies need to ensure the continuous productivity of the employees. If this is not done, the very purpose of the nature of R&D is defeated. R&D is basically set up for the development and discovery of technologies useful for the company, with the ultimate goal of raising their status in the industry and eventually boost sales for the company.

Most other professionals deal with an existing knowledge base or known technology. This is not the case for scientists. They are either developing a new understanding of a natural phenomenon, developing new analytical techniques, or solving a problem for which there is no known solution.

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Trainings on Rice Science and Technology for Farmers 

A. Refresher Course on Hybrid Rice Seed Production and Certification 

Date and Venue: March 27-29, 2007 at FTIC
Rm. 4, PhilRice, Maligaya,
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija

Rationale: The launching of the Hybrid Rice Commercialization Program of the President in 2002 poses a big challenge for PhilRice to train hybrid rice seed growers. Since then, PhilRice has started training for hybrid rice seed growers in some parts of the country to help them produce enough hybrid rice seeds for interested hybrid rice growers. For the past years, PhilRice and IRRI scientists have already developed five hybrid rice varieties in addition to the four varieties developed by the private companies. Hence, there are updates on the production technologies of the new hybrids, thus, there is a need to update seed growers. 

Course Description: This is a 3-day training course designed to update the knowledge and skills of hybrid rice seed growers on the basics of hybrid rice and its latest seed production technologies and seed certification guidelines, procedures, and standards. Specifically, it aims to improve the competence of the participants on hybrid rice seed production to enable them to produce good quality hybrid rice seeds.  

Course Content and Methodologies: The training adopts a lecture-discussion on the basics of hybrid rice, principles and practices of hybrid rice seed production, harvesting and post-harvest management, policies and guidelines on hybrid rice seed production, policies on seed grower accreditation, and seed standards and certification. Field practicum and field tour will supplement the lectures especially on the important aspect of seed farm operations and seed treatment and storage of hybrid seeds. To add credibility on the technologies being presented, testimonies of progressive hybrid rice farmers and other technology adopters that were recorded on video will be shown to participants. 

Training Staff:The training will be coordinated and conducted by the Technology Management and Services Division. Resource persons are subject matter specialists from PhilRice and NSQCS. Progressive hybrid rice farmers and seed growers will also give their testimonies.  

Course Fee for Paying Participants: Php 1,000.00/day/participant inclusive of training fee, food, and lodging

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TMBlog Best of 2006

December 31, 2006

tmbloglist.jpgFour months into blogsphere the team has published into diverse categories in which Knowledge Management was the widely viewed and reviewed. Is this a trend? Are we (the enterprise, our readers) serious about KM? Interestingly blogging is a tool that falls into the same category.  Initially we wanted to share our learning’s from UP’s Technology Management Center and our professional endevours, with wordpress’ stats i believe that we have achived more than that. We also provided different channels for you to receive the posts. And for MTM aspirants a wiki for their compre review.

With 2007 just ahead of us, we aim to give you more insights and services. In behalf of TeaMBlog, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Ones you might have missed;

Obsolete Professions? Passé Practices?
If you can manage financial wealth through the internet, if you can shop cashless in the malls, if you can buy a stick of Marlboro from manang and use your cellphone to pay her through G-cash, then why fake 10-peso coins and get caught? Or why aspire to become a bank employee for life?
If ERP systems can accurately generate accounting […]

Be a good neighbour!
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) takes on several definitions but fundamentally, it refers to business decision-making that is based on ethical values, compliance with legal standards, and solicitude for human dignity, communities, the environment, and other stakeholders of business (Source: Jose Mario B Maximiano, CSR Integration into Core Business: among Selected Firms in the Philippines). CSR […]

What is Technology Management?
Well, since our blog name is TM definition, I would like to define technlogy management as I have learned it from the 1/4 of a decade I spent learning it.
Whenever a friend would ask me what is TM, I usually reply with a nonchalant answer: “similar to MBA but focusing more on how to use […]

PC for $100, Monitor Not Included! Gawang pinoy – by Raffy Mananghaya
I’m not sure if you have read about the notebook that was developed from MIT Lab for $100. It was not designed to be commercialized rather to aid the less fortunate communities in giving affordable access to technology and information. More specifically for the countries in the African continent.
Here comes a PC for $100, about […]

To go ‘open source’ or not
The filing of House Bill 5769, the Free Open Source Software (FOSS) Act of 2006, sponsored by Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casiño fueled once again the raging debate on the use of proprietary software versus open source systems. The Bill follows the experience of countries like Brazil, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia which have legislated FOSS […]

Ent-rice-preneurship
I have this wild idea of putting up a central supply of cooked rice in every major food-courts in the metro. Aside from the regular P12-per-cup-sized plain rice, here I could initially offer customers different varieties:
1. Pusô or hanging rice (cooked rice wrapped in heart-shaped coconut leaves) – Bisdaks certainly crave for this.[..]

Responsible TM
So what the heck is it? Beats me… but I guess common sense will tell you that other than focusing on management and technology per se, there is surprisingly an element of TM that relates to the environment and community.
It is actually quite sad that learnings in TM have been focused more on the […]

Developing Creativity Part 3
As mentioned in the previous posts, creativity can be developed and there is a process that governs this. Mentioned earlier, there are four phases to this – knowledge accumulation, incubation, “eureka” and the implementation/monitoring part. On a personal note, knowledge accumulation (KA) is the most important of the four, thereby, the focus of this third […]

The Internet. What’s in it for you?
Who hasn’t heard of the internet? Ask me that ten years ago and I would probably be among those who would look at you with a blank face. Its transformation from obsurity into commercial applications has drastically changed the way people communicate, and in no small measure, the way we live.
I started to use the […]

Product Testing

December 6, 2006

Product testing is quality assurance in the context of research and development.  This measure is conducted to determine the acceptability, safety and efficacy of products.  It is imperative, but unfortunately, the most tedious and expensive part of the whole research and development process.  But then again, it is important.

Then why is it very important?  To start with, product testing ensures that the product is acceptable to the one who shall use it.  It must be generally within the preferences of the target market, otherwise, the product will not sell at all.  This early, product and market developer must determine the parameters and criteria that the product must satisfy for it to pass the test.

Another consideration in product testing, especially for products which will provide certain benefits, is efficacy.  The product must be able to deliver to its promised benefits.  Otherwise, you lose consumer satisfaction, ergo, their loyalty and continued sales.  Besides, especially for branded products, a product that can live to its promises establishes strong brand equity in the market.

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Developing Creativity Part 3

November 17, 2006

As mentioned in the previous posts, creativity can be developed and there is a process that governs this.  Mentioned earlier, there are four phases to this – knowledge accumulation, incubation, “eureka” and the implementation/monitoring part.  On a personal note, knowledge accumulation (KA) is the most important of the four, thereby, the focus of this third and last part of the series will be on getting the right knowledge at the right time. KA is actually part of our academic foundation.  Therefore, factors such as school, peers, parents, and other external environment are critical in the building of the right foundation and normally depend on who you want to be in the future when you were a bit younger.  Through a solid academic foundation, different scientific and other theories are learned for proving later in the real world.  These you will have to remember in actual and real situations in the near future, when you are working.  But most of the time, kids are totally clueless of who they want to be or what they want for the future.  So I guess, true knowledge accumulation starts somewhere when you totally know what you want and enjoy doing.  And from this, you would know the type of knowledge you need to acquire. 

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