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Streaming Dinosaur Dust

We need to learn how to stream dinosaur dust in the new social self learning online environments. The industry's info dumping "the dinosaur dump" is not working for teaching those new generations that will become the new us.


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We need to learn to stream dinosaur dust in the new social self-learning online environments.  The industry's info dumping of large pieces which I call "the dinosaur dump" is not working for teaching those generations that will become the new us.  We need to break the important parts of our history "the dinosaur dust" into mini moments that are of use to the new workforce. Industry can you help me figure out how best to do this? Help me connect our reality to their virtuality.

An image of us old folks handing the new generations, a VHS tape, a CD disk, or a book, or a printed chart, or graph that had been very useful to us in our vast realm of experience popped into my head.  They look at us puzzled while they are multi tasking at their job while streaming music from their phone.

What is the URL of this? How can I search this to find it when I need it? and Why are you tell me this now? I will learn this when I need to know. Only give me this information when I need it.

They live in a world where their contextualized data is streamed on their demand.  We have information we believe will be of use to them, but it is formatted and contexted in a dinosaur dump that we wish to burden them with.

We need to enter their world of Slack, self-learning Wikipedia, web searches, machine learning, and other productivity tools. We need to sprinkle our Dinosaur Dust while contextualizing it into our mutually created self-learning environment.

It is likely as we go on this journey of contextualizing our dust, some of our extremely valuable information may not be still relevant in a changing virtual world. BTW that new virtual big data world is not just their world it is now ours as well. We need to work as a team to make our gems of information relevant, digestible and most of all useful.

Thinking like the new generation and learning how to stream relative information into your online self-learning agile corporate data stream may be our greatest education yet.

We do have information to share with the new workforce , but we all need to learn how to do it best.

AutomatedBuildings.com has 19 years  of industry articles, interviews, columns, and news a great collection of dinosaur dust, all dated and having its own URL. As you search and find useful information anywhere, not just our website, that is a piece of the puzzle, please post a link to each static URL, and share your find with your self-learning media networks. Of course, if you are ever to find this gem of information again it needs to be contextualized and made part of your online self-learning agile corporate data stream. If we as an industry start sharing the "ah ha" moments with our self-teaching environments, we can start the process of streaming dinosaur dust.

This is another great resource for teaching videos; http://controltrends.org/category/training-2/

We need to change our present approach of information dumping.

As I watched and listened to this session below at Realcomm event in San Diego, the comment was made that if we wanted to attract the younger workforce, we needed to get into their space and understand how they learn and what is important to them.

TRACK: The Changing Workforce

Integrating MILLENNIALS in the Workplace – Technology, Work Style, and Communications

Reliable ControlsTalent attraction and retention has always been important; today that endeavor includes a lot of conversations about millennials in the workplace. Current information illustrates the generational difference between Baby Boomers, Gen-X, and Millennials. This young generation uses technology differently; they have different work styles and ways of communicating. Some organizations have resolved ways to integrate the traits of the different generations, while others still struggle. In just a few short years, millennials will be the majority in the workforce, and it is imperative that we transition the skills and experience to them in the most efficient and effective way. This valuable session included speakers from various generations, and the discussion focused on the successes and challenges involved in the multi-generational workplace.

In this article, the moderator Brad talks about the change in how we work.

Cope with the IOT Revolution by Staying Agile  As the smart building industry rapidly evolves, management strategies pioneered by software developers can help us successfully adapt. - Brad White, P.Eng, MASc, Principal & Christopher Naismith, BASc, EIT, LEED GA Energy Efficiency Engineer, SES Consulting Inc.

Comes these words,

Recently having completed our first development sprint, initial feedback from this process has been very positive.  Stakeholders feel that their specific needs are being heard, the development team is excited to be working collaboratively on challenging problems, and leaders have higher confidence in the valuable throughput.  Monthly check-ins on the process allow for continuous improvement based on user feedback, ensuring that any pains are worked out along the way. Crucially, from a business perspective, we’re not allocating any more resources or funds than we were previously using on improving tools and processes. But with clear priorities, dedicated team members, and a well-defined approach we intend this to be a much more effective use of these resources.

In the IOT era, we are all developers now to some extent or another; it’s time to start acting like it.

This is the video we made at the Realcomm IBcon event in San Deigo where I call for industry change in how we view our industry.

More reading on the subject  http://www.contractormag.com/iot/bridging-skill-gap-autodidactic-open-education

Jump in at 31:40 for how Streaming Dust came to be, Episode 230: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending July 2, 2017 features interviews with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of automatedbuildings.com, and best-selling author, Mark Jewell who is offering the ControlTrends Community a reduced rate for his July 24-27, 2017 virtual live internet training course. Video interview coverage of 2017 RealComm|IBcon continues with IOT’s Brian Turner, Hepta Systems’ Jason Houck, and Bedrock’s John Guardiola. EasyIO introduces industry leading FS-32 Server Class Controller, and take advantage of Lynxspring’s Early Bird registration for their October E2E Conference, in Scottsdale, AZ.

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