Just had a great conversation that prompted me to have a go at drawing a diagram to visually explain my point, and illustrate some of the implied benefits….
For a friend.
Interesting video this on learning from artists about career progress:
The Art of Career Development http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2012/09/the-art-of-career-development.html
Part 1 of a series from the excellent (IMO) Steve Denning- read them all – about how agility is important, and what is needed to make it work
More online free education from leading institutions, very much worth reviewing
You are reading Seth Godin regularly, right!? 😀 Take this one as an example, then apply the ideas to our convo yesterday……
I like what Julien Smith has to say, and the way he says it. Though it might not be everyones taste….
Thinking visually about CV’s….
Hoping that gets juices flowing!
Only yesterday I was discussing with friends and colleagues potential impacts of 3D printing, how a number of trends and technologyÂ advances are combining to put us as the consumer at the centre of product experiences, providing us with unprecedented choice and the ability to co-create as active participants in the design, configuration and even the manufacturing of our purchases.
A coincidence then that up pops an article on RWW about how Ford is looking at cars becoming “open-source crowd-enabled modular products”.
â€œLetâ€™s say you donâ€™t like these steering wheel buttons. Maybe you could slap in a capacitive touch controller,â€ he said. â€œUsing this platform, people would, by themselves, be able to design things.â€
Nice idea I thought, but haven’t we been “tuning” cars forever? How does this differ? I’d like to be clear on what I mean by “tuning”, and once again Wikipedia’s definition serves our purpose:
“Car tuning is a generalized term referring to the act of improving the performance or appearance of a vehicle….. Most vehicles leave the factory set up for an average driver’s expectations and conditions, tuning on the other hand, has become a way to personalize the characteristics of a vehicle to the owner’s preference”
Sounds pretty similar, so what are Ford up to? Reading on I learn that Fordâ€™s research lab aims to:
enable innovators – even those with limited resources and technical chops – to see the automobile as a platform for creativity.
That certainly made me sit up. This sounds more significant than a nice gesture to the minority of car owners adding a bit of chrome and a body kit – with respect to all the creative and talented folks customising their wheels! – Â and is talk much more in line with some of the trends thinking I mentioned earlier.
In the next few months, Ford expects to release the beta version of its car app developer kit. There are already more than 1,000 developers waiting to be notified when itâ€™s ready. At that point, this labâ€™s work will shift to supporting and growing a community of car hackers. â€œWeâ€™re interested in spurring the creation of an ecosystem,â€
There we go, a “community”, an “ecosystem”, I had a feeling these two might get a mention, we can’t be going anywhere these days without them! Seriously!
But again, we might argue this is nothing new in the world of car-modding. Even as someone who has never even replaced the pommel on a gear stick, I know that there are magazines to buy, meetups to go to, engine tuning services, and a myriad of shiny but loud exhaust pipes, carbon fibre trim, LED lights, the list goes on….
The difference as I see it – and it’s an important distinction – is in the use of the word “developer”.
Fordâ€™s OpenXC API runs on a combination of Arduino and Android platforms – technology chosen to make modding your car as easy as programming a smartphone. The system can potentially access the 1,000 or more data points, generated by sensors on Ford vehicles and served up via the 16-pin onboard diagnostics port (a standard feature of all cars since 1996). The Ford toolkit encourages development of software as well as add-on hardware.
This is taking car tuning into the social, networked era. You may think it rings of putting domotica on four wheels. Indeed, it may start with a lot of that. Yet the number of sensors churning out data will continue to grow, thoseÂ 1,000+ data points exponentially. TheÂ possibilitiesÂ for innovative new features begin to rack up.
Why not imagine a heads-up display incorporating real-time GPS-located braking distances based uponÂ crowd-sourced braking distances and speeds from other motorists driving the same road?
Whilst I just came up with the idea to illustrate a point, I’d wager on it not being particularly original.Â T.J. Giuli – who runs the Ford lab – we can assume has many of his own. Yet even he recognises this is already something with significant momentum behind it, likely driven in a large part by the passionate car tuning community.
â€œTons of people are already making car apps that work with OBD2 readers, or replacing the center stack with their own car computer.Â Thatâ€™s happening today, and thereâ€™s nothing that anybody can do to stop it. So, itâ€™s a good idea for OEMs like Ford to make this really easy. Hopefully, we can benefit customers with a lot of awesome new features.â€
Don’t believe him? Take a quick look at DashCommand on Apple’s app store….
Whilst taking our car purchasing choices and configurations well beyond the current website-based, more marketing focused attempts can only be a good thing, what I find interesting here is the extent to which approaches like this have to potential to bring significant additional value over time.
There are the obvious categories such as efficiency, safety, but what about some that are potentially more challenging? it remains a reality thatÂ a car purchase is an irregular event for many of us,Â particularlyÂ in today’s economic climate – again, something we could argue is a good thing. Yet our transport needs change over time, whether it be lifestyle, location, children….
I’m optimistic that initiatives like this from Ford can gain the legs necessary to see innovative strides forward. Wouldn’t it be good if where we are able to re-configure aspects of our cars to help cope with those changing needs rather than simply have to go out and buy a new one….
As it turns out, that is not a new idea either! Whilst browsing for images to illustrate this post, I turned up one of Dave Gray‘s wonderful drawings, with the following details:
A US-based company named Wikispeed has adopted a modular approach with the design of the SGT01, a car designed as a modular platform which will empower suppliers to innovate freely. Each part of the car is a component that fits into a standard interface.
It will be interesting to watch this evolve.
We cannot avoid it. Yet we seem to invest more efforts into attempting to shake it off, than we do embracing it. We dress it up in alternative guises, “trends”, “cycles”, “disruption”.
A new perspective is changing how we think about society, politics, interpersonal relationships, science, government and business. New approaches are emerging. Learning and self-expression are exploding. Values are changing. Leadership is changing. The economy is changing. Change itself is changing — it is accelerating and becoming the norm.
Following my last entry Balancing the use of our time, and Henry‘s thoughts building this out Share more, learn more, the following quote provides a timely reminder on the importance of writing for work:
As soon as you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the written or spoken word. And the further away your job is from manual work, the larger the organization of which you are an employee, the more important it will be that you know how to convey your thoughts in writing or speaking. In the very large organization, whether it is the government, the large business corporation, or the Army, this ability to express oneself is perhaps the most important of all the skills a man or woman can possess.
This isnâ€™t from a modern communications expert or blogger. Itâ€™s from Peter Drucker. And itâ€™s from 1952.
Drucker saw that organizational effectiveness increasingly depends on finding, sharing, and building on the best ideas. And for that to happen, those ideas have to be discoverable â€“ that is, written down. Now, more than in Druckerâ€™s day, itâ€™s easier to publish your work and make an audience aware of it.
And while writing helps your firm, it also helps you. By publishing your ideas and opinions, you shape your reputation â€“ who you are, what you do, and how well you do it. And that greater visibility helps unlock opportunities that would never be open to you otherwise.
Time to dust off the quill and ink then!
I’d recommend taking a moment to read John’s post, and his tip to writing more. Be warned, I’m going to try to apply it!
the way your time should be spent is largely like a pyramid, with a wide base of learning, with a smaller level of acting on top of it, which is directed by the learning, and then on top of that, an even smaller level of writing about it. If you begin to live your life differently than the pyramid should be built, it becomes unbalanced and topples over.
This made a lot of sense to me, and after sharing the thoughts with a colleague, was prompted to put it into a visual.
I’ve interpreted the words “acting” and “writing” as “doing” and “sharing” in an attempt at clarity in case it is taken out of context with Julien’s original explanation
This unstable economy and society has shown us that comfort and stability are dead. We need to make our lives worth living. We need to be who we always dreamt of being.
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