Register of Deeds Dashboard

In a world of Big Data transitioning to electronic records, Microsoft Power BI tells the story of what would have been left untold. The Wake County Register of Deeds created a dashboard to provide a visual representation of electronic documents that steer away from accuracy. With intents to be more efficient, the online dashboard identifies where most of the inaccuracies occur and this allows Register of Deeds analysts to investigate potential solutions. Land records compose the majority of the submissions,…

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Hacking Time to learn

One of the regular pieces of feedback that I get when I discuss training with people is that there just isn’t enough time to learn everything that you want to learn.  I think this complaint often is tied to how we approach continuous learning rather than specific time limits. One of the things that I have done over the years is to carve out just fifteen minutes a day to pick up something new.  I find that by doing that,…

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Meaningful Learning

A learning mindset is one of the most crucial characteristics of an innovator.  This is an interesting take on three different approaches to learning: https://fee.org/articles/meaningful-learning-is-just-in-time-not-just-in-case/ Learning in order to avoid pain (average) Learning in order to gain credit/status/praise/recognition (elite) Learning in order to solve a problem (ascendant) Ascendant learners seek meaningful, practical and challenging learning.  This type of learning can be frustrating, exhausting, taxing….even painful.  And that’s exactly why it’s the least common.  The reward is timely solutions that directly address the…

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WRAL Stops by CREATEspace

Although we’re still working on our marketing efforts for CREATEspace and #WakeInnovates, Adam Owens from WRAL stopped by last week for a tour and a talk. The result was a great story that succinctly explains what we are doing up here on the 12th floor!

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Print your next home

While I know that 3D printing is one of the top disruptive technologies, I’ve struggled to understand its practical applications outside of huge manufacturing companies.  Until…this! 3D printing is making its mark in the housing industry. Believe it or not, there are a few companies exploring building fully autonomous smart homes in a single day using 3D printers.  These homes are modular, off grid and run completely on solar energy. https://3dprint.com/170515/passivdom-3d-printed-house/ This is a truly innovative use for 3D printing…

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Business Sabotage

While researching Agile principles, I came across an interesting historical document.  I wish that I remembered who originally shared it so that I could give them a hat tip since it is one of my favorite examples of how confused our view of work has gotten.  To understand its significance, it is important to give you a brief history lesson.  During World II, the predecessor to the CIA, the OSS, developed a manual to help Allied sympathizers in Axis countries disrupt the…

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Telling Stories with Data

Hans Rosling recently passed away. Rosling was a Swedish physician, statistician and speaker famous for his work with world health and developmental issues. He is probably best known for for a TED Talk he gave called “The best stats you’ve ever seen” In the talk we witness Rosling talking on the developing world and their health outcomes over time. At least that is topic of his talk. Arguably, the most interesting aspect of the talk is how he presents the…

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User Design in government innovation

The article below from Wired in 2014 was one of the first articles that got me interested in innovation and it is still one of my favorites.  It showed me how wholesale changes to something as seemingly mundane as parking signs can be made using design principles. Even the simplest topics benefit from getting the input of the customers! I think that there might be something for us to learn in this example when it comes to technology and government.…

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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

Came across this very interesting infographic that shows the 24 hour routines of 26 well-known creative individuals including authors, composers, artists and scholars from the past several centuries. Very interesting diversity of schedule and leisure activities. I love how small an amount of time is allocated to “day job” activities. Clearly these visionaries found a way to meld their “job” with their “creativity” for tremendously successful results. Most of us probably couldn’t get away with justifying Balzac’s mid-day napping. And I,…

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