The tag line "Isn't it nice - when things just work?" contracts nicely with the incredible complexity of the video.
As a project manager, I avoid complexity and look for simple systems that work. A recent move to a new office complex and the resulting new support staff has me thinking about the importance of simple systems. Sheila is the person who handles everything at the new place, and she is a master of simple systems.
More after the break (This is my first try adding a break :)). . .
Sheila takes this same philosophy to the supply room with great effect. Instead of twenty boxes of ball-point pens, some blue, some black, some full, some empty), Sheila's supply room has two coffee cans of pens (one for blue and one for black). No one cares if the pen is new or reused - we can't even tell the difference. There are always pens because Sheila's simple system allows her to take an instant visual inventory. She uses the same technique with those little black binder clips I always run out of.
With the new focus on simple systems, I'm starting to see them everywhere. This morning I noticed that Tim Horton's labels coffee carafs with the time the coffee was brewed. Simple - systematic, and the payoff in coffee quality is apparent.
I really appreciate the thought that Sheila puts into these transactions and the way it makes my life easier. Now the question becomes - how can Project Managers match her by providing simple systems to our project teams and stakeholders?