Stop! Look Up. Get rid of that Spreadsheet!
Here are some New Year Reflections looking forward to 2014: I was in the library, late one night or early one morning, whilst building spreadsheet pivot tables for Aerospace Manufacturing Processes, I was twitching on my 4th litre of Tesco Kick and decided to watch a @Scobleizer Video in order to zone out. He was upset that Nick D’Aloisio of Summly, didn’t turn up to his interview – So instead he published an Video Insight into a company called MindJet.
MindJet – Realtime Mobile Collaboration
So the video details projects, lists, tasks and cloud integration of processes, cross team collaboration, frictionless working, visibility on comments. The company was called Mindjet and the CEO, Scott Raskin, talked mobile, collaboration and mindmapping. After spending my time in the library focusing on how APQP & PPAP in the Automotive/Aerospace industries, really understanding the importance and how it has been implemented at companies like Toyota & Airbus – it suddenly clicked!
— Mindjet (@Mindjet) December 31, 2013
Agile Supply Chain
FMEA, SPC, DFSS, SCRUM, QMS, Kaizen, Lean Techniques, Process Improvement were becoming more important as manufacturing technology, businesses and marketing converged. I like disruption especially in a real-time, cloud based digital business environment. The course I was studying at the time was BSc in Aerospace Technology with Management and these supply chain skills would become vital for APQP & developing efficiencies in any business.
Since I had also been trying to collaborate on a startup project with a friend (living on the coast at the time) we completed HUGE spreadsheets on Zoho Docs. I was looking for realtime software / platform that enabled users to collaborate on agile dashboards across any/all industries. It seemed that I could integrate the techniques/studies that I was learning with the start up business that I was building, as well as apply these techniques to ensure the growth of the fledgling startup. I’m hopeful that this convergence of technology, business and marketing will mean huge growth and disruption in 2014.
“As agile grew to prominence in engineering and product, it made sense to call it what it actually was: Agile Marketing”.
–Jascha Kaykas-Wolff @kaykas