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Some Meandering Thoughts...

I’ve got somewhat of a meandering article today…

First of all, I recently spoke to a group, and one of the things I talked about is how people can have conflicting needs and values, and as a result, end up taking seemingly contradictory actions.

Take me, for example. Over the last six months or so, I have been doing more and more videos, both for DVDs and for posting on YouTube and on my site. I had an older computer that worked pretty well, but has some trouble keeping up with the needs of sophisticated video software.

So…

  • Need 1: Get the right tools for the job.
  • Need 2: Be cost conscious and don’t rush out to buy new equipment just for the sake of having the latest and greatest.

So, a few weeks back, I finally replaced my laptop and bought a new high-end computer. Since then, I’ve been kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I spend far less time looking at the spinning circle or waiting for programs to process the video that I did on my old system.

The lesson I take away from this is not to trip over dollars to save nickels. It won’t take long for this new computer to pay for itself in all the time it’s been saving me. In fact, right now I’m using speech recognition software that my old computer wasn’t powerful enough to run. It makes writing much easier.

When you have conflicting needs, make sure your have clear priorities and undertand the big picture.

Hopefully the benefit of my new system is transparent  to you, as I’ve been able to get new video posted much more quickly. For example, my last webinar with Tim McMahon was posted on the same day we presented it, when it had previously been taking me weeks, or, shamefully, even longer. I also recently posted on my poka-yoke term page, a brief video excerpt of my poka-yoke recorded webinar on DVD.  Again, the new system slices through long video clips like butter, significantly reducing the frustration associated with video editing.

Finally, while I am on the subject of videos, I do have a question for you, though, about a product line. Now that I’ve gotten a few recorded webinars on DVD completed, I want to know your thoughts. Creating a top-notch video is a time consuming task. Recording a webinar and turning it into a DVD is much simpler, greatly reducing the lead time, but there is a trade-off. The audio can be a little tinny and recording in one take doesn’t turn out as smooth as working off of the script.

Please take a look at this video clip, and let me know whether you think the trade-off in quality is worth the benefit of having it much sooner and with around a 30% discount off of a fully polished DVD. My thought is that having access to a recording, even at an entry-level grade, adds value to the Lean Training System. What are your thoughts?

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