Archive: April 30, 2017

Things break ALL THE TIME. What to do about it?


One of the things I’ve becomed accustomed to after owning three Jeeps is the fact that things break. Sometimes it’s expensive and critical (like a throttle control switch) and sometimes it’s minor.

Today it was a little thing: a break-light globe.

As vehicles become more and more sophisticated and as fixing cars becomes more about software and less about hardware, it is getting harder to fix things myself. I’m just not equipped with the required gadgetry.

So today I am thankful that I could actually do something about my brake-light. All it took was a trip to the local Autobarn, a screwdriver, 5 minutes to take the light out, 3 minutes to buy the right globe and two minutes to replace the busted one and reassemble the brake-light housing. I did it all right there in the car park.

I always make a point about trying to repair things myself before I call in the experts. It makes me happy when I can do it myself and get a successful outcome.

Not always is it possible to do the repairs myself and it’s not always convenient either. However it’s worth at least having a go. It’s one of the great lessons that my father taught me at a very young age: chances are it can be done and chances are I’m more than capable of doing it even though I’ve not done it before. It just takes a bit of thought, time and patience. Don’t rush. Be deliberate. Act decisively.

As my students head towards the end of the semester, they are facing a complex task for their final piece of assessment and it is unlikely they have faced something like this before. It will require them to think carefully, work deliberately, and make a series of decisions. The secret to success will be for them to work consistently and collaboratively towards solving the challenge that they’ve been provided while relying on their skills and capabilities that they’ve been developing over the course of their degree.

I know they can do it. They just have to try.

Gobi Quick Release Clamps Installed

This weekend I finally got around to installing the Gobi Quick Release Clamps to my Gobi roof rack. This will make the job of lifting the roof rack and lowering the soft top down MUCH faster and easier. Before these little babies went in, I had to carry around a range of spanners to help partially uninstall the rack to lower the sodttop. Of course, that neant I hardly ever did it.

Now, I can Release to roofrack so it can tilt back out of the way, drop the soft top and reinstate to roofrack all in under 7 minutes. I expect to get faster the more times I do it.

Although we are heading into winter, there’s still going to be the odd day where the weather is nice. Now there’s no excuse for me not to be driving around topless.

 

#JeepLife #BuiltNotBought 

Engaging industry, students and universities: A workflow

A few years ago I shot a video that explained how we were using digital approaches to engaging industry, universities and students in order to solve ‘real world’ problems. Things have moved on since then and I’ve refined the process considerably, but the fundamentals still persist.

If, through your teaching practice, you are interested  in engaging in these kinds of approaches where multiple stakeholders work together to solve problems, this video might give you some ideas.