Posts tagged ‘Collaboration’

University Of The People – Tuition Free Online University – Zap Your Career

Quoting from the site

“University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first tuition-free online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality low-cost global educational model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and dropping technology costs to bring university-level studies within reach of millions of people across the world. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the UoPeople student body represents a new wave in global education.”

This will be the trend in the future of education


Making Others Dreams Happen – Taking That Gleam In A Visionary’s Eye To Reality

Making dreams happen is a two-fold process

  • The visionaries who dream great ideas and takes the concept to a prototype
  • The pragmatists who take it to market
It always surprises me to see my peers proclaim that a project or an idea is not viable mainly because they don’t understand it
What does it take for a project to succeed?
  • The right resources
  • Reasonable capital
  • A Team who believes that it can be done
  • The right seeds planted and watered
  • Empowerment
  • Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • A willingness to shoot from the hip when required
  • Lending a friendly ear to the soldiers
  • Not shrinking from going back to the drawing board
Creativity is the key
Great solutions come when your back is against the wall
Research and present your strategy for meeting Goals
Get buy in from the Team
Go for it and do not look back

Kaizen is a Gentlemen’s Sport – Time Studies Hit Below The Belt

Time studies are inhuman

Why do a Time Study when you can Kaizen with the Team

I don’t think any one likes to be timed or watched.

I wonder whether real Black Belts ever ask for time studies

Then how do you do the measure in DMAIC?

I call it self measurement

Without trust there can be no progress

Value Stream Mapping Is A Contact Sport – All You Need Is Post It Notes, Observe & Ask Questions

Value Stream Mapping can be used in any industry and in any situation.

There are innumerable resources on the web to teach your self

Just Google it and find out

All that you need is Post It Notes, walk to the scene, observe and ask questions

Soon you will be going Lean

Sure using Visio makes it even better

It is so easy you may wonder why you never tried it before

Who needs training courses?

Revisiting Harnessing Energy Expended by People

Here are some links to earlier blogs on harnessing energy expended by people.

I have seen quite a number of interesting ways people around the world have found to harness this wasted energy. There have been a plethora of new products which convert the motion generated by people into usable energy.

What I have not seen are kits which can retrofit existing products or structures to convert the lost motion.

For example how about a kit which you can install on a revolving or sliding door with a docking station to charge you iPhone or iPod

This is a fertile area where once could suggest ideas and even submit to the various contests with free 3D CAD software.

Ready for some dreaming?

Smart Meters, Smart Appliances & nodes monitored by Google Power Meter

What says Wikipedia

smart meter is an advanced meter (usually an electrical meter) that identifies consumption in more detail than a conventional meter; and optionally, but generally, communicates that information via some network back to the localutility for monitoring and billing purposes (telemetering). This could work for air and water as well in industrial plants. The ultimate idea is to balance the power from utility companies with a Smart Grid

Do a Google Smart Meter and you will find quite a number of utilities setting up their customers with Smart meters. Now this is the hardware.

Check out GE’s Smart Meter here

Next check out Google’s software called Google Power Meter

Mix a Smart Meter and a Google Power Meter

Well, now you have a Smart Building

This is one of IBM’s 5 areas for Smarting by 2010 to 2015

However you could Smart your appliances as well.

Running a home could be like running a production facility. You could balance your usage intelligently, save $$$ in the process, help the economic gain for the community and country and who knows come up with innovative solutions for the future. You could start generating solar, wind and geo-thermal power at home and be an entrepreneur.

Well, all this is an opportunity for the citizens of the world.

The next level of course is the networking of just about everything in your home. in essence you can query any item. Maybe even your husband and children if you so desire. Life could get pretty exiting. For example you could sense that coffee and milk will run out next Tuesday and have your grocery list generated and a road map plotted for your journey to the pharmacy, grocery store, gas station and post office by the most economical route on a pemmPOD (Google pemmPOD :-))

One last thing. Go for a spin in the evening, don’t mind the expense and check out a Robot. And when you get one see that is better than the iJones’s

Innovation, Entrepreneurship & the Evolution of Cities

Excellent article by

Irving Wladawsky-Berger on why is it that only a few cities and regions around the world have become successful innovation hubs, even though many have tried?