Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sketching Comics

Sometimes people don't realize the importance of drawings in scenario planning. Of course if it's a financial investment, there's a need to see numbers, and sometimes drawings and numbers go together, in which case we might be looking at graphs or diagrams.

In designing a new hospital, you want more than a floor plan, you want sims going through on their beds pushed by orderlies, giving you a point of view, an average time between locations. Where do the beds go when not in use? What might be the likely bottlenecks? How many orderlies do we need, or do the beds steer themselves (that sounds like science fiction I realize)?

However, with comics, enactments, simulations, cartoons, it's easier to flesh out the actual job descriptions, such as what do those three people in the cockpit do, in the old pilot, co-pilot, navigator design.

In this case, you'll see scripts, read and/or hear the things people might actually say to one another in this environment, such as "give me a vector" and "roger" and so forth. There's a shoptalk, a professional decorum, which varies with walk of life, changes with the times (like commercial television).

Likewise when one of our gym teaching gnu math teachers has students saddle up for this or that maneuver, there's maybe some apprehension, if students are unclear about the challenge and aren't sure of the teacher's qualifications. What will she expect us to do? A ropes course?

This is where web sites come in handy, as you see the white water rafting experience documented. Then you'd like word of mouth, someone else who's done it before you.

Some of the pilot studies we need to try might involve clarifying job descriptions in a somewhat ad hoc manner, but going over it enough times, with rotation, such that we get a pretty clear "comic book" as a result, or maybe short videos. The trainees have matured in their roles and now have the ability to pass the torch as it were.
The reason we're unclear and needing to proceed by trial and error is many of the technologies are very new and it's unclear what the optimum skills mix will be. HTML and CSS go together, but what about GPS skills, do they go with SQL? For some certainly.

What were the ramifications of geochaching, as a sport?