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Don’t Go to University, Go to a Trade School! Learn a Skill

A lot of young people are wasting time at University. Not only are they wasting time, they are wasting money will no clear return on investment. They come out of University, more or less the same way they went in, just a little bit older in body but not in thoughts. Then they hit the

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Entrepreneurship is Like Sex; You Learn By Doing

A young man approached Warren Buffet asking for a job at Berkshire Hathaway. The young man told the investment guru that getting a job was one way he would gain experience to help him in running his own business in future. Buffet denied the young man the job opportunity. In his words to the young

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One Year as An Engineer; Lessons Learned So Far

July 1st, fresh out of University, just graduated as an Engineer, I joined a top brewery in the country. I was scared about the world of Engineering. Nonetheless, I said; “come what may, I must practice for some good time. Long enough to get the Engineering body to allow me to use the title before

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Your Ideas Are Shit!!!

Facebook is not the greatest idea. Youtube is not the greatest idea. BigEye.ug is not the greatest idea. Whatsapp, Instagram are not the greatest ideas. Tesla, Google are not the greatest ideas. Alibaba is not the greatest idea. I can go on and on. But one thing is clear, we shall never know about the

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The Next Einstein: How We Are Making STEM Cool In a Ugandan Secondary School?

It all started with an email to my former English and Literature teacher, Brother Augustine Mugabo. He’s now the Head Teacher of St. Henry’s College Kitovu (SHACK), a place I call home in all aspects. It is here that I spent four years of my ordinary level education. It’s also here that I carried out

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So Why Didn’t You Mistake Proof It?

I am honored to be part of Uganda’s most successful management consultancy firm “Next Lean” that utilizes the principles of Lean and Six Sigma. One of the things we always teach our clients is the concept of mistake-proofing aka Poka-Yoke. I remember when I used to intern at Mukwano Industries. I would meet these people

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Innovation and Engineering Starts With WHY

Why is the sky blue? Why is it not red? Why are car tyres black? Why don’t cars run on water? I have spent almost all my life asking why. I am lucky to have grown up under the watch of very liberal parents who encouraged me to question things. If there is one word

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Engineering Starts And Dies With Planning

My Engineering coach recently sent me to act as the Plant Maintenance Planner and Scheduler. This implied that I was responsible for what was to be done, how it would be done, when, where, why, who to do it and many of these. I have now come to appreciate that the difference between good and

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The Power Black Out In Ntinda and Kisasi

Yesterday as I did some shopping in Ntinda before heading to Kisasi, electricity decided to play hide and seek on us all. In fact it was not even shopping, I was getting my copy of Boss Baby. And then it all went off in the middle of the copying. I had prepared an awesome night

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How I Plan To Survive When My ‘Un-Registered’ SIM CARD Is Switched Off?

I registered for my National ID with two other relatives. They got their IDs, mine, never came to be. In a surprising twist of events, when we went for elections, my name was on the Voters’ register, their names were missing. I seemed to have the last laugh. Here we are again, I still don’t

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