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20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for
manufacturing and making?
Matthew Skelton, Conflux | 16 April 2018, Leeds Digital Festival
Unambiguous
specification and
execution instructions
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Optimise for engaged,
empowered people
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About me
Matthew Skelton, Conflux
@matthewpskelton
matthewskelton.net
Leeds, UK
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About me
Matthew Skelton, Conflux
@matthewpskelton
matthewskelton.net
Leeds, UK
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assemblyconf.com
What we’ll learn
● Global systems - huge scale
● Agile ways of working
● The power of open collaboration
on code
● The value of empowered people
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Global Scale
20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
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Global Scale
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● The system will be wrong
● Design for upgrade
● Design for auto-scaling
● Design to handle failures
Design for change &
failure: resilience,
scaling, deduplication,
fault-tolerance, etc.
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Agile Ways of Working
20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
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Agile Ways of Working
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● Iterative delivery
● Something working every day
● Design and execute for rapid
customer collaboration
● Discover the solution over time
Iterative delivery works:
show working
improvements each day
(not incremental)
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The Power of Open
Collaboration on Code
20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
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Open Collaboration on Code
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● Version control
● Fully-trackable change history
● Transparency drives innovation
● Powerful reasoning ability
● Trigger automation on changes
Design for version
control: specifications,
instructions,
documentation
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The Value of
Empowered People
20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
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Empowered People
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● Engineers co-creating with Biz
● Live telemetry to development
● Conway’s Law: system design
constrained by communication
The system is
socio-technical:
people and machines
working together
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Making + Manufacturing + Software
20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
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Summary
20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
30@ConfluxHQ
Design for change & failure
Iterative delivery works
Design for version control
The system is socio-technical
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20 years of digital:
what lessons can we learn for manufacturing and making?
Questions?
matthew@confluxdigital.net
@matthewpskelton
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