We are planning to streamcast the talk using Periscope AND/OR youtube’s SIJP Channel. Please check this site or check Jame’s Twitter page just before the talk for more information. Please use #JWAtSIJP for Twitter hashtag for live questions.
If you are coming from Seattle using I520, take 148th Ave NE exit to the South, then turn right onto NE 24th St at the signal. You will see the entrance of BCA2 on your right, immediately after the gas station.
taking right turn onto NE24th St
Direction to BCA2 (if it is not full)
Direction to BCA1 (in case BCA2 is full)
Please follow the guide staff.
On the satellite image below, you can find BCA2 at North of the gas station.
SIJP Lecture Series: “PerfKit: Benchmarking the Cloud” by Anthony Voellm (Cloud Performance Manager at Google)
Abstract — This talk will cover a quick intro into Cloud and then focus on how to measure and compare cloud performance. Central to the talk will be a discussion of PerfKitBenchmarker an OpenSource Cloud benchmarking effort Google is leading. It has over 33+ companies and intuitions participating including Stanford, MIT, EPFL, Microsoft, Rackspace, Intel, and ARM. It is also the #3 most popular Google Cloud Platform OpenSource Github project. If you develop for the Cloud or plan to this talk will give you a lot to think about and employer you to make better decisions.
Bio — Anthony F. Voellm is currently leading the Google Cloud Performance Team and has a wide range of experience from kernel and database engines to graphics and automated image and map extraction from satellite images. Anthony is an avid inventor with 7 technology patents issued. In his current role at Google Anthony is focused on delivering Price Performance to existing products like Google Compute Engine and Google Cloud Storage while also innovating new offerings. Anthony holds a Master of Science from George Washington University, BA in Physics and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Vermont.
After graduating from Kyoto University (BA, Law), Akemi joined Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd. as one of first women who were on the corporate management career path for the company. She was granted MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business while she was holding senior analyst position at Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd. A couple of years after MBA, Akemi joined Microsoft to become the product manager for the first Japanese version of Microsoft Word, and then contributed the launch and releases of Microsoft products including Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. In the year 2000, she joined Open Interface North America as original founding CEO. Last year she founded Five Senses, Inc., to introduce Japan’s traditional arts and crafts to the world. Akemi is a board member of Japan-America Society of Washington State and Ikebana International Seattle Chapter.
Lessons from graduation to the first corporate life in Japan
Reasons and motivations of taking challenge to MBA at Stanford University GSB
Impressions from the days of MBA at Stanford University GSB
Things after MBA in Japanese companies
Discoveries of “true desire” from career at Microsoft and Open Interface North America, Inc.
Messages to dear young fellows… “Every encounter leads to something!”
いつもSeattle IT Japanese Professional （以下略SIJP）イベント参加ありがとうございます。SIJPではIT関係に勤める日本人を中心に広く交流を進めてまいりました。おかげさまで2014年中も地域で活躍される方々に多く参加いただき、不定期ながらもSIJPの主催する講演会には40人から100人以上の参加者（主に日本人）を常に集められる程のコミュニティに成長しています。日本人コミュニティの中には小さい子供を持つ家族も少なくないので、先週末には日本語での子供向けのプログラミング講座を午後2回に渡り開催したところ、こちらも大変好評を頂きました。来たる2015年も引き続き、日本人IT技術者を中心としたコミュニティを育ててゆく所存です。
そこでSIJPでは新年の企画第一弾として、『新年おめでとう茶ッカソン in Seattle』というイベントを１月２４日（土）に開催いたします。
One of my major goals in life is creating a community where people can express our similar visions of life. I have always thought creating my own projects and potentially turning it into a start-up would be an option, a very challenging option but worth it to show my vision to the world. In order to succeed as much as possible, I have always felt the need to constantly be learning. I like to learn to grow my projects, to become a better person and to be happy on what I value. One of my learning curves is reading. Constantly reading and learning is very important and it was mentioned in Mr. Chee Chew’s presentation. I was able to come across his presentation because I was trying to learn the principles of Google from the book “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg and Seattle IT Japanese Professional gave me the opportunity to learn directly from Mr. Chew.The major parts that I believed were important in the presentation were East Asian leaders and the culture difference from Westerns, team building, psychology and the priorities matrix.
East Asians have a very distinctive culture than American culture. I personally felt the difference growing up and working in both Japan and the United States. Sarcasm was one huge difference that Mr. Chew has pointed out. Japanese, in my experience also, do not use sarcasm as much and most do not even bother using it at all during work. It is also hard for many Japanese to stand up to their superior even if they think it is right. It comes from a great culture of respecting elders and others. It is for respecting the face of others, never to shame others or to be ashamed. Challenging authority can feel like you are being disrespectful to the Japanese. But it can be done in a very respectful way and is considered very courageous. And to climb up the corporate America ladder, sarcasm and expressing your opinion is very important. It is a key for gaining respect from others and being a leader. You cannot just be in the corner working on your task if you want to climb the corporate ladder. You have to engage with co-workers and communicate well. Know what your co-workers are working on and be able to help them when they need a hand. That is what leaders do well. Know about his or her peers very well and how to communicate with them.
Knowing what each person’s view and what motivates them is very important as a leader. Each person on your team grew up from a different background, has different views in life and has different things they get excited about. In order to maximize your team’s productivity, you must get to know each person and motivate them in different ways. Motivate them in ways that are most appropriate for each person and customize your interactions with each person. Your teammates also has to make different sacrifices in order to be a successful team. The team that knows each other the most and can find a middle-ground of sacrifices will have a better chance of succeeding. It is also better to have a good understanding of yourself to communicate well with others. A person with high EQ will have a better understanding of themselves and others.
Mr. Chew has also mentioned that EQ can be trained through the course of your life. And understanding psychology can play a major role developing ones EQ. Learning triggers through
psychology can really help ones growth. I believe that Japanese need to learn inner psychology the most because most of their action comes from external factors rather than their internal. Japanese society has a very strong way about always fitting in. Fitting in with the society is very important for the Japanese and plays a large role in the external factor. This will make it very hard for the Japanese to turn off their lizard brain and follow their gut. Most Japanese hate to embarrass themselves and hate to fail very strongly especially in public. It is very shameful to them and hard to get over. I can tell you that if there is a mixed culture at a party, the typical Japanese will never be one who starts dancing or who becomes silly and ice breaks the party. Japanese has also had the culture in the Age of Civil War when ones defeat equals ones death. It is over in one try. That is where the term “hara-kiri” comes from. That culture explains some of the reasons why Japan has one of the highest committing suicide rates. Failure is not an option to many people in Japan.
None of us like to fail and we try not to fail as much as possible. But we must be willing to risk failure to grow and learn. Learn from our failures and simply move on. We have to accept failure and keep taking risks to grow. To take risks, we have to learn to control our emotions outside our comfort-zone. When we can control our emotions outside our comfort-zone, we will have an opportunity to grow. It is hard for most people to go out of their zone and we will have to sometimes purposely push ourselves somewhere outside of that zone. Continuing to train outside of your zone and expanding your EQ will have a big impact on your success.
Setting priorities and taking action will also have a big impact on succeeding. But you will have to know which priorities to take care of first. Many leaders tend to focus on priorities that are urgent and high in importance. But the most important priorities that leaders need to focus on lies where it is not as urgent but important. Because when you focus too much on the most urgent and most important problems, you will not be able to sustain growth for your team or yourself. You will always be stuck working on the urgent and important problems. And if it is very urgent, someone in your team can take care of it. We tend to keep pushing back the less urgent but high priority problems. We know we would like to increase our communication skills, personal development issues or invest in team infrastructure but always put it back. When you keep putting off those problems that you know are important but not as urgent later on, it always snow balls and becomes a larger problem in the end.
There are many ways to view your own life or projects and there is never one answer. But to achieve your personal challenges and the higher the challenges are, the more you will need to grow and have a better team. To grow, you will need to be constantly curious, failing and learning. We will have to know well about our priorities and know which ones to work on. Knowing yourself and being able to control yourself is also one of the keys to success. Pushing yourself out of your comfort-zone and understanding about others views can help you achieve your wants in many ways. We can achieve more by constantly learning, thinking and growing with other teammates.
Here is interesting diagram that Mr. Chee mentioned during the talk