Home Automation with Amazon Echo + HA Bridge

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Hi guys, today my sharing is how to build a HA system with Amazon Echo, Google Home, HA Bridge and Raspberry Pi 3

Brief introduction
HA Bridge emulate Phillips Hue so that Google Home and Amazon Echo can recognized any devices that is not yet supported by Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Google Home and Amazon Echo used as voice assistant to control devices created in HA Bridge and Home Assistant.

This sharing consists of 5 sections.

  1. Install HA Bridge
  2. Adding Vera/Vera Edge to HA Bridge
  3. Add customize device/scene
  4. Voice Assistant with Amazon Echo
  5. Voice Assistant with Google Home (No longer supported due to Google change the pairing method)

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Not a Team but a Self-Organising Team

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We need to realise that although many groups are called “teams”, not every work group is a team. In Titansoft, through the adoption of the Agile mindset, our people work in self-organising teams to make their own commitments, organise and assign their own work. Working together, our people craft appropriate strategies to accomplish their goals, and make decisions with (again bounded) economic and organisational impact, producing a product or service that is valuable to the organisation and to our customers. But one should know that despite being in a self-organising team, they are not out there on their own, disconnected from the organisation. Continue reading

3 Ways to Apply the ‘Winning Mindset’ at Work

“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win”

– Bobby Knight, retired Basketball Coach

Success stories are beautiful, especially when an individual begins from scratch with absolutely nothing and turns his/her fortunes around. However, what we tend not to see would be the amount of preparation required behind the scenes. And for those that do see, preparation tends to be an incredibly immense and massively gargantuan amount of work required. (Yes, I do enjoy being quite redundant). With a winning mindset however, you will be one step closer to success.

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Success is where we want to be. (Image credit: Pixabay.com)

A recent experience left quite an impact on us as an entire organization. From there, we began to dissect and analyze our actions to better prepare us for unexpected events.

From our inner reflections, we realized that we were so caught up in our learning that we have slowly forgotten about winning. We kept ourselves within a comfortable level and sat there pretty contented with the status quo. We were not winning.

So we decided to ask ourselves, “What does it take to win?”

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UX Research meets Scrum

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I am a UX Researcher. While I’m pretty new to the scene, I’ve heard of Scrum and have friends who work in companies that employ the methodology. Prior to the sharing by the Scrum Masters, my understanding of Scrum teams have been through stories shared by my friends or through observing the engineers work in my previous place of employment. Much like how “UX” is a hot term these days, “Agile” and “Scrum” have also joined in the crowd and their influence over companies’ operations cannot be ignored.

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