Category: Project Realization


On my journey to work this morning, I have a conversation with myself.

I do not know how many people practice speeches or talk to ourselves, I LOVE to do this.
It helps to sort out my thoughts, while I practice talking to myself, I also practice to speak in different language – I choose the language for my thoughts.

Thinking in Mandarin vs thinking in English gives different feelings.


Think about a recent client I met, they clearly know their current operation, 20 years of operating model, and they know what they want to achieve in 5 years.

I speak to myself as if I am standing in a boardroom telling the client that they are going to embark on an interesting journey.

Anyone in Supply Chain Business, would feel the thrill to carry out a major investment – building a new warehouse with automation for the business – automation also meant, digitization.  In your lifetime, you may experience once, twice if you get lucky.


I am working in a company providing warehouse automation solution, over 3 years tenure, I participated in 3 projects during pre-sales, and witness the realization – I think I just strike multiple lotteries – except the point that I wasn’t building for my family.

If customer doubted my personal experience, I can fully understand – I am too young.
The collective experience our organization has as a whole, we are reliable, and hence, customer need to trust us – and perhaps giving up 50% of their current processes.


Digitization is scary because you need to let go of a lot of physical touch, the control we used to have when we carry out the tasks with our physical body.

Once you put the goods on a machine, you let go of the touch – and trust that that it will work.

Faith is not enough to justify multi-million dollar investment.


That’s why automation is a journey, it is not a vending machine.

Research, invest your time, hire consultant to examine your organization, hire the right people for this journey, go to a Live Site (and be amazed).

It is a journey, not a signature on the contract.

It requires a lot of effort, if the consultant have not tell you enough.


It Just Work! It is not effortless.

Be pro, be systematic, analyse, know what works for your business – you already know this – you won’t be where you are today, if you do not know this already!

Sort out the rules, choose to let go of the simple yet repetitive task to the robots.

Tedious work ahead, remind yourself why you are doing this.

Convey the same vision to your organization – after all – you are doing this for the benefit and future growth to your business.

Be patience to examine the minute details, make the decision.

Hardwork will be paid off – because – you are the boss.


This video from a happy, passionate customer.


Flowchart Diagram

I requested for flow chart maker – the famous Ms Visio, back in 2014/15, but my boss back then, said its an expensive tool, not everyone get the access, he said he had that license, but he seldom use it.

He top up, “if you want to use, you can use my computer to draw.”

I appreciate his kind offer, but deep inside my heart, I know this offer doesn’t work.
All of us need a computer to work.

It is 2017 now, I raised the same request to new boss.
He told me it is a good tool and many realization project will use it, he will request for the license, but he remind me, “if you introduce flow chart to your work, many will come to you and ask you to draw it – I do not want to increase your workload further.”.

I appreciate his concern, I know my workload too, and I know how others slack in this organization.  The hardworking performer get more work to do, and entrusted with valuable project.

I evaluated the advantage and disadvantage, I still choose to gain access to the flow chart maker, i.e. Ms Visio.
Why not?  I value clarity of work, division of responsibilities, we can reduce grey areas, etc. Although we need to spend more effort at the beginning – but it can reduce argument and why not do it right the first time?

I heard of Law of Attraction.

I made the decision to move forward with Visio, and before the IT department can get it done, my voices are heard.  A project team, introduces me to

I just completed my first flowchart project, and I feel happy.

A dream come true, after 2 years.
It’s a Friday, let’s celebrate!


FAT, SAT, PAC in Mandarin

Test Phases (验is a wrong word, should be 检)


FAT – Factory Acceptance Test 出厂测试

Commissioning 联调

SAT – Site Acceptance Test 现场测试

PAC – Preliminary Acceptance Certificate 初检

Trial Operation 试运行

FAC – Full Acceptance Certificate 终检