Journal: The Troika of Buttons

October 2, 2012

in Journal Notes

Tuesday location:  Seven     ||     7:35 am – 10:55 pm

  • Press:  Emailing with Graeme Fife today about a book project that he and Gerard Brown are doing; happily, the project may include Seven Cycles.  I haven’t worked with Graeme before and it turns out that he’s quite the character.  I can’t wait to see what they put together.
  • Production Management:   Working with Matt O. at Seven Cycles on Q4 production planning.  The old adage, you focus on what you measure holds true.  Working on some visual controls, cross-training, and people management.  We have big goals for the quarter.  And for the start of 2013.
  • Project:  Working on a new client order process and tracking system for the Ride Studio Cafe.  So many customers in process.  And a small staff at the Studio to manage it all.  Process, process, process.  I think it’s coming along.  We have a lot of great tools; the trick is employing all of them – in the right order.
  • Product Development:  D2D bike:  Working on a hard-case laptop pannier with a built in charger.  I’m not an electrical guy but I’ll figure it out.  I’m mainly working on a suspension system to isolate the laptop from road vibration and impacts.  I have a few ideas I think will work.
  • Note:  The other day at Ride Studio Cafe I was talking with a customer that just had his bike stolen.  It was a nice bike to be sure.  Bike theft happens.  My friend is a smart, sincere, and very well adjusted adult.  What struck me is that my friend came to tears as he talked about his bike.  He connected with his bike in a way I haven’t seen before.  He was devastated that he would be riding with it anymore; he’d put so many miles on the bike and had so many memories with the bike.  That bike was a catalyst for change in his life.  That bike helped him to connect with friends in a new way.  He said it was too sad to think about.  I found his attachment touching.  It could have been trite but it wasn’t.  He lost a friend.

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