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Automate tracking of consumables that need replacement #553

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ajlennon opened this Issue Aug 5, 2017 · 15 comments

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ajlennon commented Aug 5, 2017

Please make your issue:

  • Specific

Stuff runs out and needs to be replaced (crisps, coffee, etc.)

It would be nice if people who finished the last packet of crisps or used the last scoop of coffee were able to easily flag that we had run out (or being proactive, were about to run out).

QR Codes come to our rescue here, as ever.

If we put QR Code stickers (or if I can persuade @jackie1050 perhaps sublimated acrylic cut-outs..) near consumables then people can scan those QR codes resulting in a new issue opened in a things-to-buy repo..

  • Measurable

Very

  • Achievable

I've implemented a proof of concept with details here

https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/wiki/wiki/Things-to-Buy

  • Responsible

Alex and anybody else who wants to raise a hand

  • Time-constrained

PoC done and awaiting comments

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Sounds good, check out this ticket for inspiration #327

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johnmckerrell commented Aug 5, 2017

Sounds good, check out this ticket for inspiration #327

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Excellent. Thanks! Exactly what I was wondering :))

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ajlennon commented Aug 5, 2017

Excellent. Thanks! Exactly what I was wondering :))

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Is there any way we can look at helping with the other side of this problem too?

That is, this makes it easier for people to have something done for them, but it also makes it more tempting to pass the workload of making it happen onto someone else (not necessarily consciously, but that's arguably worse :-)

It would be good if we could make the work involved in providing snacks for everyone, and ways for them to clean up after themselves, more - rather than less - visible.

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Is there any way we can look at helping with the other side of this problem too?

That is, this makes it easier for people to have something done for them, but it also makes it more tempting to pass the workload of making it happen onto someone else (not necessarily consciously, but that's arguably worse :-)

It would be good if we could make the work involved in providing snacks for everyone, and ways for them to clean up after themselves, more - rather than less - visible.

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Hmm. Thinks....

Nudge Theory here perhaps?

Maybe something along the lines of making it easier for people to offer to help?

"Push this button to offer to do the next CostCo shop"

"Push that button to offer to empty the bins"

"Post a picture to #helpingdoes social media you karma for X/Y/Z/cleaning up the workshop area"

???

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Hmm. Thinks....

Nudge Theory here perhaps?

Maybe something along the lines of making it easier for people to offer to help?

"Push this button to offer to do the next CostCo shop"

"Push that button to offer to empty the bins"

"Post a picture to #helpingdoes social media you karma for X/Y/Z/cleaning up the workshop area"

???

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In fact my daughter would really like to clean things up (dunno where she gets it from, must be her mother).

So if people want Bella to clean something just ask :)

Now as to how we make that replicable I'm not sure...

Was thinking about this the other day and one thing I think is a barrier to cleaning and tidying is that it's hard to know what should be cleaned and tidied and what should not be touched (unless you've been around for a while). I'm not sure how to make that barrier easier to overcome. Unless there was a "ten minute clean" session half way through a MakerNight or something. I dunno

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ajlennon commented Aug 8, 2017

In fact my daughter would really like to clean things up (dunno where she gets it from, must be her mother).

So if people want Bella to clean something just ask :)

Now as to how we make that replicable I'm not sure...

Was thinking about this the other day and one thing I think is a barrier to cleaning and tidying is that it's hard to know what should be cleaned and tidied and what should not be touched (unless you've been around for a while). I'm not sure how to make that barrier easier to overcome. Unless there was a "ten minute clean" session half way through a MakerNight or something. I dunno

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Taking a concrete example here... Trips to CostCo

I'm ready and willing to head over to CostCo every now and again when a job lot of stuff is needed

Why don't I?

  • there's obviously some kind of mysterious system in place I don't understand and generally it makes life easier to not get involved?

  • maybe the people who already do this (John?) love doing it and will be upset if I interfere?

  • I don't know what needs doing

  • I don't know when it needs doing

I think those issues are pretty generic barriers for people like me.

Didn't somebody make a start on a list of things that need doing regularly? Where did it go?

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ajlennon commented Aug 8, 2017

Taking a concrete example here... Trips to CostCo

I'm ready and willing to head over to CostCo every now and again when a job lot of stuff is needed

Why don't I?

  • there's obviously some kind of mysterious system in place I don't understand and generally it makes life easier to not get involved?

  • maybe the people who already do this (John?) love doing it and will be upset if I interfere?

  • I don't know what needs doing

  • I don't know when it needs doing

I think those issues are pretty generic barriers for people like me.

Didn't somebody make a start on a list of things that need doing regularly? Where did it go?

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As a relative newcomer to DoES I am keen to get involved but unsure whether it's appropriate for me to do so. So I'd respond well to some kind of task list.
Also I'm always looking for an excuse to go to Costco and I drive past it on my way from Sandbox to DoES. Just saying. :)

LittleSandbox commented Aug 12, 2017

As a relative newcomer to DoES I am keen to get involved but unsure whether it's appropriate for me to do so. So I'd respond well to some kind of task list.
Also I'm always looking for an excuse to go to Costco and I drive past it on my way from Sandbox to DoES. Just saying. :)

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So to answer Alex's question - I don't love it and am happy for someone else to do it! We established a problem that Alex doesn't have a CostCo card though, do you @LittleSandbox ? DoES doesn't have one of its own but perhaps that would be an option, they do need to have photos on (AFAIK) though so it wouldn't be possible to just have one anyone could pick up.

As for regular tasks I've copied a page from the old wiki that didn't make it over and added an issue: #556

https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/wiki/wiki/Regular-Tasks

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johnmckerrell commented Aug 12, 2017

So to answer Alex's question - I don't love it and am happy for someone else to do it! We established a problem that Alex doesn't have a CostCo card though, do you @LittleSandbox ? DoES doesn't have one of its own but perhaps that would be an option, they do need to have photos on (AFAIK) though so it wouldn't be possible to just have one anyone could pick up.

As for regular tasks I've copied a page from the old wiki that didn't make it over and added an issue: #556

https://github.com/DoESLiverpool/wiki/wiki/Regular-Tasks

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I sure do have a Costco card. I mostly use it to buy cake. 😆

LittleSandbox commented Aug 12, 2017

I sure do have a Costco card. I mostly use it to buy cake. 😆

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I'd have to renew the card.
Which would be no problem.
As long as I steel myself.
Not to get carried away
With bargains!

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ajlennon commented Aug 12, 2017

I'd have to renew the card.
Which would be no problem.
As long as I steel myself.
Not to get carried away
With bargains!

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Cake is good. @LittleSandbox you win!!!

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ajlennon commented Aug 12, 2017

Cake is good. @LittleSandbox you win!!!

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Yerse! I never win!! 😂

LittleSandbox commented Aug 12, 2017

Yerse! I never win!! 😂

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As I think the remit of the thread title has been reached, I'm going to close this issue.

However, I'll break the second part - creating a to-do list, and how we make it easier for people to know what they can and can't do - into separate issues so that they don't get forgotten.

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DoESsean commented Dec 19, 2017

As I think the remit of the thread title has been reached, I'm going to close this issue.

However, I'll break the second part - creating a to-do list, and how we make it easier for people to know what they can and can't do - into separate issues so that they don't get forgotten.

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