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An Office Life 11: Acquiring Business Intelligence


One of the first lessons I learned was you need to know where you fit in the machine or your effort may be pointless. This is aptly demonstrated by the Sandbox experiment when I went to Fielden House Productivity Centre … Continue reading

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An Office Life 6: Waste


Waste What is waste? To my teenage self it was rusty bicycle chains, damaged wheels from cars, the occasional battered pram, tangled in rotting fabric, all smeared with orange metallic spill from upstream, the River Calder. The river was a … Continue reading

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An Office Life 4: Form Design


Form Design (by hand) One of the main issues in running a manual reporting system was form design. While at school, I’d taken price in my mathematical, logical approach to… well things. The thing is, this wasn’t adequate preparation for … Continue reading

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An Office Life 3: Office Routine + Jacquard Looms


Office Routine It often seems the case that once you master a technique, you want to apply it everywhere. Harry – I started off calling him Mr. Braithwaite; even though he told me Harry was fine, I always felt more … Continue reading

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An Office Life 2: Work Study


The Work Study Office My first day at Belwoven I worked at my boss’s desk. We had one calculator between us, a monster sized Canon L121 – it took up a quarter of the desk. The first order of the … Continue reading

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An Office Life 1: Woven Labels


(13 years at) Bell Woven Labels When I first started work I had a desk, numbers to crunch and occasional to a calculator which I used on my number crunching. I calculated loom efficiencies. To those not familiar with textiles, … Continue reading

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