In that role for the last few months 25% to 40% of his time over the last few months has been focused on people, from reviews to mentoring to coaching. Of the remaining percentage, he says half of his time is spent on business-related tasks and responsibilities and the other half is technical in nature.
As far as the products they create, I was curious to know how to track a satellite. Ken says there are many ways to track a satellite. On the way to this interview he was listening to a podcast, Data Skeptic, and they were talking about a comet filter. One of their competitors at Radeus Labs uses a comet filter to track so he was looking into that as a potential option to improve their customers experience.
But in general he says it’s actually easy to track a satellite. You can predict where the motion of the moon, the sun, etc. will all be. They take those parameters and do the math. They know the sun for example was at a certain place at a certain time on a certain date. And because objects in motion tend to stay in motion they can mathematically figure out where the object will be in the future based on its past trajectory. There’s much more complexity involved in the algorithms, etc.
I was curious how many satellites get destroyed by debris. Ken says the number is significant enough that they have to be aware of it. In fact, this did happen to one of the satellites they were tracking. There was a three month period about a year or two ago they lost four satellites. There are even satellites that have been hit and no one knows what hit them!
We also talked about his managing of hybrid software/hardware teams, how data makes it to their DFRs, and his go-to tools for working with his team. He even includes the 5 S’s of Lean:
Sort: Physically sort things first
Set in place: Put things in place based on how often you use the item
Shine: clean it up, make it neat and shiny
Standardize: be sure it has been documented and processed so you are doing it the same way every time
Sustain: the hardest one to do: the audit to ensure you are doing it the same every single time.
Join us to hear how Ken uses each in his workplace and more on today’s episode of CTO Studio.