My team have rolled out our Android application (more about this in future post) for the drivers to do the electronic POD (Proof of Delivery). It’s been two weeks of smooth sailing with minor issues, until today. Today we received complain from one of the Traffic Controller (the guy who assigns jobs to the driver) saying that the map showing the address incorrectly. The address, 11 Paya Lebar Road is shown in the middle of PIE.

In comparison, we tried to search on streetDirectory.com and WeGo.here.com

StreetDirectory.com: The “Right Here” vs the G (Google’s result)


wego.here.com: The checkered circle vs Google’s Result

Well this is unexpected. I would expect that a tech giant like Google would point a location in Singapore correctly. After all, Singapore is the most connected country in the world. But in this case Google actually missed by … Hold on.. let me Google that for you …

It missed by 900 meters. I do hope Google will quickly look into this. We don’t want to rewrite our mobile apps using other mapping API. 🙁

PS: If you are in Singapore, you will find this mistake on Uber or Grab (they are using Google Maps in their mobile Apps) by entering 11 Paya Lebar Road as your destination.


The Definition of Business

I’m just starting my journey to gain “MBA” knowledge through the cheapest route. So instead of burning time and tens thousands of dollars, I’ll just read the book below:

As I progressed through the pages, I’ll write down findings that I found really interesting. The first thing that I found was the definition of business. Business is a repeatable process that:

  1. creates and delivers something of value …
  2. that other people want or need …
  3. at a price they’re willing to pay …
  4. in a way that satisfies the customer’s needs and expectations …
  5. so that the business brings in enough profit to make it worthwhile for the owners to continue operations

I like this definition. I found it concise, easy to remember, and become a very good topic for discussion after lunch! 😀 Lately my lunches hasn’t been boring whenever I brought up this topic.

More to come!


Feynman Technique

Feynman technique is a method to help you to learn basically anything, faster. The technique is named after Richard Feynman, a Noble Prize winner physicist. The technique consists of 4 steps:

  1. Title
    Write the name of the concept at the top of a blank paper (or make it a blog title)
  2. Simple Explanation
    Explain and elaborate the concept using simple terms (non-technical), perhaps analogy, as if you explain the concept to a child (person who is totally clueless about the concept)
  3. Find What You Don’t Know
    While doing step 2, you might find things that you can’t explain.So write the name of these difficult concept as the sub-title, read books/materials to understand the concept, then repeat step 2.
  4. Review
    Check to ensure that all explanations are using simple terms. If you find any explanation that is simply para-phrasing the source material, simplify it. Add analogy or maybe simple visual aid.

PS: I was feynmanning this from http://mattyford.com/blog/2014/1/23/the-feynman-technique-model

Let’s start learning again 🙂