Creating Clarity of "The Change"
Change Creates Contusion, Clarity requires a
clear definition of today's and tomorrow's changes including the
education of stakeholders.
Founder, Owner, Publisher AutomatedBuildings.com
Our AutomatedBuildings.com November theme is "Creating Clarity” Our success depends on bringing Clarity to the Complex
It turns out that is easier to say than to do. To create clarity we need to understand,
document, discuss the reason for the need for clarity while Creating
Clarity of "The Change"
We had a Great Monday Live! Zoom discussion
in Scottsdale Arizona addressing the Need for Clarity
To bring clarity to all we do is hard because there's such a
change that is part of everything we do. Not just little shifts
doing just slightly different but the ways we do things digitally and
with today's thoughts are just so completely different. We all are
struggling with adapting
to online life, the folks that were born online know no other way, so
we got all
of that change going on. Suddenly we're in a conversation talking about
how we are going to do something and find ourselves not understanding
things have changed and how things will be done now. We are trying to
bring clarity to something we do
not well understand. We need to go back to basics. So what is it you
think we are doing? Today's rapid change has us doing something
completely different that we
have not even imagined. Our definition and framing of the change that
are now living in is definitely a big part of creating clarity.
Everything we touch is changing. Are the people coming
back to the buildings? Will the building be more of a hotel than
an office? What format and where will the data be? Data gathered by
systems or robots? Will the energy for the building be
carbon-free? Will electrical
energy be stored on-site? It's very difficult to
comprehend all the changes upon us. We need to spend more time defining
what it is we're trying to do and how change has modified that before
we even attempt to try to clarify.
The globalization of everything is occurring as one of those changes
that affect us. So when you're talking to people, when you're trying
define the thing you're trying to clarify is their commonality we agree
on? It's going to be a hybrid model, but whether that's a European
hybrid model or American, or whether it's owner-driven, or whether it's
a lease and just this whole new definition of a model we have not
Does it use cyber currency? Are the actual devices going to start doing
the negotiations? Just everything that we can imagine is in
change? It's really difficult to frame a conversation. We need to keep
going right back to basic because you
have no idea what the other person knows or what they're assuming as
their parameters. A better understanding of what has changed is the
roots of all clarity.
It is impossible to create an environment of clarity and alignment when
transparency is missing from its leadership. ... This is why leaders
must have clarity in purpose and focus and an alignment of strategic
philosophy and resolution goals for their change management objectives.
The process making of something that's ultimately easy to use can actually be very complex.
Our generation created everything we
have from small pieces which we well understood. The connected
generation inherited complex working technologies with clarity at the
of a screen icon. They have very little idea how that all comes
together and the complexity and change that was required to achieve.
They are better prepared to move quickly in this
space. Bringing clarity for all will be a challenge. The
open discussions, a meeting of the minds are of great help, we all
learn from them.
In one of our Zoom meetings, the need for Clarity of all we do was being discussed. It was quipped that Ken Sinclair needs to morph to be Sinclarity.
agree we all need to add clarification to all we do but clarification
depends greatly on the framing and the definition of our clarification
with mutual agreement on purpose and reason for being. As our
definition often involves multi solutions to the same problem.
Wayfinding is part of the required Clarification.
refers to information systems that guide us through an environment and
enhance our understanding and experience. Wayfinding is particularly
important in complex environments.
am finding that is easier to say "Clarification" than to provide it, as everything we based clarity
on is changing.....rapidly. To achieve Clarity we must understand
and define change.
the 18 months of Monday Live! conversations, the group felt that some
framework is necessary to organize all of the components, technologies,
products, and companies that now proliferate the industry. The Smarter
Stack is that tool. Clarifying
the reach/purpose of our products and services by using this
open source stack tool the complex can be simplified and clarified for
Notice that the first line of the Tool is Purpose - Why is this being
done? The outcomes desired by owners, managers and occupants.
This is the place to define what has changed.
this interview, Anto and I introduce and discuss using the open-source
free smarter stack tool to create a library that would assist us
to better understand the complexity of existing and new products and
services by presenting them on a common functional frame presentation
A Smarter Stack for Smarter Buildings Contributing editor Anto Budiardjo "Facility IT Evangelist" & Ken Sinclairity
As we all start to use the tool its value greatly increases as the library shows how each user evolves the tool.
the positioning of our products and services are defined by use case
and client purpose so the stack changes and answer becomes "it depends"
requiring further clarification as to our approach for each project. As
our collaborators change for each project to match purpose using the
open-source stack tool as a wayfinding tool become of great importance.
Our industry needs clarification and definition of our change
to attract new talent, good discussions in these insightful articles
Fill Vacant Positions Using A New Apprenticeship Model Author: Melissa Boutwell Chairman, Emerging Technology Apprenticeship Program
COVID, 86% of CEOs stated that skilled labor shortages were a C-Suite
concern. Then, COVID changed everything and added more heat to our
industry in the form of increased demand simultaneously to increased
competition for people. Over 12 articles have been published
recently in the Wall Street journal alone that detail how serious this
problem is today and that it is forecasted to get worse before it gets
better. If you are ready to eliminate the painful opportunity costs of
labor shortages experienced in your business, read on.
BAS Zombie Apocalypse Scott Cochrane, President & CEO, Cochrane Supply & Engineering ZOMBIES! They
are invading our lives and taking away our workforce I feel like I
am on the run these days... and all around me... ZOMBIES! Running to find the
uninfected, people who want to work and earn a living, I keep running,
if you stop running, they might bite you too and ‘so long’ productivity
and success, just a slow business death from there....
I admit that might be a tad
theatrical, but there is no question we are in a BAS staffing
emergency. Not just for the current workload, but for the future of
smart buildings and obtaining the mindshare from the next generation of
talent entering the workforce, being rocketed into real jobs deciding
the course of their future careers.
AutomatedBuildings.com Contributing editor Scott Cochrane at Realcomm
Wallace - BIG- Building Intelligence Group (BIG)
is a nationally incorporated non-profit association dedicated to
promoting intelligent buildings' advancement. BIG is a
cross-disciplinary networking and educational support organization
dedicated to delivering high-tech intelligent commercial building
solutions that maximize value for everyone who interacts with the built
note, 45% of frontline manufacturing workers surveyed across five
countries say that the opportunity to work in a more modern, digital
environment would be part of their decision to leave their current
employer. This includes providing mobile technologies, such as a
smartphone or tablet, to help them do their jobs better. Currently,
less than half (41%) of respondents say their companies have provided
such digital tools; 81% rely on paper-based processes to follow
instructions and/or keep track of their work.
pleased with the industry's collaboration to put together our education
sessions for AHRExpo 2020 Vegas. We have 12 free education sessions
proposed. Our theme is navigating the adoption of smarter buildings
with sustainable BAS.
2022 Las Vegas AHR Expo Educational Sessions our 22nd year presenting at AHRExpo.com
AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating
Exposition) will return to Las Vegas Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2022, after a
forced cancellation in 2021 planned for Chicago. The highly anticipated
2022 Show will be the industry’s first major in-person gathering
following pandemic shutdowns. Registration is free and attendees are
encouraged to register early on ahrexpo.com. Show management is elated to sound the horn, “We’re back!”
AutomatedBuildings.com is extremely pleased to provide free education sessions at the Vegas show.
More on change from our contributing editor Marc Petock 2021 Lifetime Achievement DigieAward winners
The built environment continues to be transformed
by the adoption of modern operating platforms for smart building
management. Exciting advancements in connectivity technologies,
advancing protocols, and the proliferation of data, help provide
tangible outcomes to building owners and operators. But it is IP
devices, distributed architectures, integration, and interoperability
that are the real transformers and are becoming the backbones for
building operating and management platforms.
The number of connected devices in operation in the commercial smart
building will grow from 1.7 billion in 2020 to just under 3 billion by
2025 representing a CAGR of 10.8% (Memoori, August 2021).
Our efforts to Create Clarity are embodied in THE COALITION FOR SMARTER BUILDINGS
envision a world where people live, learn, work, and play in healthy,
comfortable, and productive built-spaces, enabled by smart digital
technologies that ensure sustainable and economically responsible
development and operation.
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