Of Speedy Innovation, Quality Service Delivery and Project Managers


Abayomi G. Omotayo
In Nigeria, and all over the world (because Nigeria is a microcosm of an increasingly borderless global village) there is a seeming imbalance between speedy innovation and service delivery. Can Project Managers help? 

Innovation is a major organizational driver and a key determinant of a guaranteed future existence or extinction. This is rightly so because it confers (sustainable)competitive advantage on an organization. This is usually for a while because there are no laws against smart copycat as long as there are no infringements on copyrights and intellectual property. Also, the world is not short of innovative thinkers who can be contracted at the speed of light, thanks to cross border collaboration and connection that continuously engenders the fluidity and exchange of ideas. This means that an idea that conferred sustainable advantage on an organization yesterday is considered obsolete today. 

The challenge this presents is that organizations must therefore constantly innovate. This is why companies especially in the tech space have dedicated innovation unit/department. Innovation is powered by Information Technology, the process of turning ideas to innovative products or services is usually managed as a project. Here comes the fusion of Project Managers and Information Technology. 

Under pressure to the keep the customers happy, increase the bottom line, be the first to market and retain customer base, I have noticed that gradually, there is a depreciation in the quality of service or product offered. This submission is from my personal experience. For example, I pay handsomely for my CableTV, yet the USSD code to for self-service hardly works, I still have to call a customer care agent to solve my issues. Even though there is a toll free line, it hardly connects and I have to resort to using the non-toll free line thus bearing unnecessary cost on a service I am not even happy with.

Of all my ATM cards. I now use just one for POS transactions; I have since stopped using one because it never services me well. Shall I talk about my countless frustrating attempts to consummate online transactions or going to the bank to pay government charges and levies and they tell you ‘the link is down’ or ‘portal is not loading’? Away from Nigeria, in the last decades, major auto giants like Toyota, Mercedes and BMW have had to recall cars due to defects. How come faulty parts are emanating from a process they (should)have mastered over the years. Could this be as a result of pressure to innovate, show off at auto shows and get to the market first with new designs and models? 

Most recently, Samsung was bedevilled by Galaxy Note 7’s battery literally catching fire. Could this be a result of too much pressure on the team and the project managers in a bid to get to the market first before Apple’s IPhone 7? In the end, speedy innovation turned to bad product and customers did not get quality service and product. It’s time project managers added some chill to the speedy but increasingly faulty innovative process that unfairly deprive customers of quality service. I do agree though that this will take a lot of professional courage and tact in handling pressure cascading down from top management. 


Abayomi G. Omotayo is a tech enthusiast, a project manager for a Tier-1 bank in Nigeria and blogs at www.musingsamplified.com

The Word 12/04/2018 - Over analyzing and under believing, a bane to seeing the miraculous

Abayomi G. Omotayo


2Kings7:1-19

1. Elisha replied, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.
2."The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?" "You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat any of it!"...
19. Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of the finest flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley sold for a shekel, as the LORD had said.

God, the Almighty, All-powerful, All-knowing God can do anything, even beyond our imagination (Ephesians 3:20). As a matter of fact He is not a man that lies nor the son of man that changes his mind. He does what he says and fulfills his promises. Always. (Numbers 23:19)

The Problem
Our seemingly enlightened but definitely limited minds over analyze His promises (which are Yea and Amen, meaning 'a done deal') thereby destroying our faith which consequently limits God because without faith it is impossible to please Him. 

In the text above, the officer couldn't fathom how a nation facing chronic food shortage would have abundance just within twenty four hours. How???. Ask God. He did as He said, didn't HE?

The Solution 
1. Be like little children. They have an unlimited capacity to believe that their parents tell them. 
Matthew 18:2-3 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

2 .Take strength and build from Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

 Do have a God-full day.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Blasphemy or ignorance? -Turn me into a money swallowing snake! Lady cries out in prayer.


Switzerland, Cayman Islands and other 'money haven' should be on red alert right now, else she might just swallow all the money!


Blasphemy or heartfelt but nonetheless ridiculous prayer? This is the aftermath of the scandal currently rocking JAMB (Nigeria's official body that conduct entrance exams into tertiary institutions). A clerk in one of their offices alleged that a money eating snake broke into the safe in her office an swallowed N36m ($99,772 approx)

This lady now wants her god to transform her to a snake with money swallowing skills.


The Word 10/02/2018 - With God, there is no diminishing returns. It thus makes sense, much sense to partner with HIM.

Abayomi G. Omotayo


You can experience ever increasing dimensions of greatness, strength and glory. See for yourself...↓↓↓

There are two realms, The World realm and The WORD realm. Where you are determines what you experience. 

In the world, the trajectory of life is a zig zag graph with incessant rise and fall as a common pattern. In fact you hear words like 'what goes up must surely come down', an African proverb says 'life is like a whip, it moves back and forth' meaning it is normal to rise and fall. In the Word realm, this is not normal!

In the WORD, the trajectory of life is a positive graph with a continuous upward movement. Isn't that great?  'the path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day' Proverbs 4:18 (NIV). Here are a few biblical examples to validate this truth;

GREATNESS
1. Abraham was great: Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? Gen 18:18 (KJV)

2. Isaac was very great: And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great. Gen 26:13 (KJV)

3. Jacob was exceedingly great: And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses. Gen 30:43 (KJV)


STRENGTH
They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God (Psalm 84:7)


GLORY
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Psalms 84:7

You may wonder why those in Christ then experience challenges and crises. Ultimately, these takes them to the next level of their lives unlike those in the world where challenges overwhelm and overcome them. Abraham waited a long time for a child, Isaac the child of promise came. Job lost all but eventually recovered and had double. The devil thought he had Christ when he died on the cross but through that same death experience he completely destroyed the devil! (Hebrews 2:14) 

It's time you quit the realm of the world and move over to this very exciting and profitable realm of the word. The first step to doing that is accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Please click here to do so

The Word 14/02/2018 - This is how you experience the fullness of joy

Abayomi G. Omotayo


Ask, keep asking. This is not vain repetition, it is importunity in prayer (Luke 18:1-8)

John 16:24 (KJV) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Heartfelt prayers preceded by intense thanksgiving takes you into the very presence of God.

Psalms 16:11 (KJV) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Do not be tired of praying till you see what you desire because the Lord is never tired of answering.

Psalms 138:8 (KJV) The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Keep asking, keep experiencing change till you are perfected and your joy is full. The scripture below validates this.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.

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Melaye to Federal Government of Nigeria: "...I will fight you all with the last drop of blood in my body...I ready for una..." We ask ; "What will 10 (at most 11) pints of blood do?'


The same police who paraded the assassination suspects, their weapons, the car they used, have confessional statements of the suspects, asked me who were my suspects, are now colluding with the Minister of Justice to arraign me for misinformation over a case that is in court, where the court has accepted the statements of the suspects as exhibits.

“I, a victim of an assassination attempt, is now to face trial. I will fight you all with the last drop of blood in my body. I will never be cowed or made to be silent over perfidy, corruption, injustice and maladministration, either in Kogi or the Presidency.

“In an unjust society, silence is a crime. I will not stop speaking the truth to power at all levels. You will continue to hear from me at all times. If I die in the process, so be it. I ready for una. Please, Nigerians should watch this video and judge.” - Senator Dino Melaye


Background

  • Dino Melaye was accused of falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Edward David, in the case of  attempted assassination against his life.
  • Dino Melaye, was arraigned by the Federal Government on March 1 before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja for misinformation 
  •  He now alleges that there is a gang up against him by the Kogi State Government, the Presidency, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the police.
Our take on the matter 
  • But what will 10 (say 11) pints of blood at most do against the machinery of the state? Mr. Dino, you need more that your blood, you need grit and proofs to floor the FG on this matter. We are sure your lawyers already have their sleeves rolled up.
Conclusion
  • A musician once said that Nigeria is 'jagajaga' we hope this case is not going the way of 'jagajaga'

Snake swallowed N36m (not a joke please!) and this cartoon aptly captures the oddity called Nigeria!


Credit: @UGOJESSE

Background
  • Name: Philomina Chieshe
  • Employer: JAMB (Makurdi office)
  • Offence: she alleged that a mysterious snake sneaked into JAMB's office to steal the N36m  in her possession being proceeds from the sale of scratch cards.
Our take on the matter
  • We stumbled on the cartoon by @ugojesse online and he has captured it all. No more comments from us
Conclusion
  • Before you blame the 'man  45' who allegedly called Africa a shithole or the now-at-large-emancipator who said Nigeria is a zoo or the Senator and Madam Aisha who referred to Nigera as an animal kingdom, think twice. 
  • They may not be far from the truth. 

The Word 10/02/2018 - Miracles happen when spiritual reality is imposed on natural realities

Abayomi G. Omotayo



John 3:31 (KJV) He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Taking the verse above and connecting it with John 17:16 (NIV) They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

But where are you from if Jesus says you are not of the world? You are from above!

Ephesians 1:20-22 (Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church) together with Ephesians 2:6 (And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus) confirms this.

The import of this is that you determine the course of events here on earth not the other way round. For example, Jesus referred to Lazarus who was dead for four days and the Jairus daughter as being asleep (imposition of heavenly authority) when infact they were dead (earthly reality). Eventually, when Jesus got there, having spoken the word ahead, he raised them both as if they were just sleeping.

He called forth Lazarus with a loud voice (no one attempts to call a dead man, only a sleeping man or a man far away would one attempt his attention with a loud voice).

He held the little girl's hand and simply told her to rise up, just like anyone would raise a sleeping child.

Jesus walked and acted in the reality of his declarations. If you care to do the same you would get the same results. Why?  because 'Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world' (1John 4:17).   

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Is the biggest music single of the year from the Nigerian Senate in the offing?

Senators Ademola Adeleke (L) and Dino Melaye (R)

These two Nigerian Senators Ademola Adeleke and Dino Melaye are the most artistically talented senators in the eight National Assembly.

In doubt? Check out Dino's performances here and here, while Senator Adeleke's performance can be found here.

When they were pictured together, our musings instinct told us perhaps we are in for a chart toping music collaboration from them. 
  • Senator Dino - lead singer
  • Senator Adeleke - lead choreographer
  • Senate President Bukola Saraki - Executive Producer
  • Record Label - Nigerian Senate Music Inc.
  • We nominate @donjazzy and @cobhamsasuquo as joint producers. 
We bet 'Alaba boys' (another word for the HQ of piracy in Nigeria and unfortunately the government is clueless in tackling this menace killing our creative industry) wouldn't dare pirate this.

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Is Aso Rock smelly or someone IMPORTANT farted?

President Buhari (L), Oba Ewuare II of Benin kingdom (M) and his subject (R)

Background
  • On Thursday 23 November, 2017 the Oba of Benin visited President Buhari in Aso Rock.
  • This is not the subject of our musing but the look on the face of the king's subject. 
Our take on the matter
  • Pictures say a thousand words...then the distraught face of the subject could mean a thousand things but two things come to mind, either;
  1. That particular spot where the picture was taken is smelly perhaps from rats' poo and urine. This is not impossible considering the news of rat infestation following the President's last medical vacation or;
  2. Someone farted! Now you decide who that someone could be.
Conclusion
  • The smell must have been out of this world for the subject to betray his emotions openly like that. He 'spoil face finish'. Chai! *in a certain Mrs. Goodluck's voice*

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Bowen University Alumni Ibadan chapter End of the Year Reunion



It's that time of the year where you need to relax, hook up with old friends, make new friends and above all, PARTY HARD!!! 

Bowen University Alumni (Ibadan Chapter) presents the hottest End of the Year Jam of 2017.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Venue: Spoons n Swallows Restaurant, Dept of Aquaculture & Fisheries Mgt, University of Ibadan.  

Time: 3pm.  

ADMISSION: N2,000 

There will also be a grand reception for Bowen corps members posted to Oyo state. 

For ticket booking, sponsorship and information, please call- 08034632064 or 07062398323 

Please note if you are outside Ibadan city and you still want to join the Ibadan chapter for the reunion party, you are most welcome! 

DON'T YOU DARE MISS IT. Let's *Reconnect, Network and Bond* for a better tomorrow...



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