December 4, 2015

Last night I had the opportunity to attend TEDxDayton's post-event celebration at the NCR Country Club in Kettering. With over 50 people in the room, several people who have helped make TEDxDayton possible over the last 3 years were in attendance. Nothing short of expected, the organizers arranged a wonderful event. 


It was great to see speakers' videos from the event for the first time, and I was also pleased (and not surprised) to hear that they are already ramping up for a TEDxDayton 2016. 


Click on the image to see videos from this year's event (which should be up for viewing within the next few days).




November 20, 2015

Gary, Joey, and myself returned home yesterday from two days of meetings with the Center for Operator Performance (COP) in Houston, TX. Several participating agencies were in attendance, including Beville Engineering, Chevron, Chevron Phillips, Flint Hills Resources, and many others. Our team's first presentation on the ShadowBox approach, Phase I and II updates, and a software demo were met by the group with great questions, comments, and support. ShadowBox also led off the second day with updates from our ongoing project with Chevron Phillips, and ideas for a Phase III proposal. 


We would like to thank COP and all in...

October 2, 2015

Gary, Joseph, and I made a trip to the Chevron Phillips Chemical Pasadena, Texas plant this week to learn more about what it really takes to be an expert in the petrochemical domain. During the trip, our team conducted several Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) interviews to uncover the cognitive challenges of a board operator. We also had the great opportunity to take a tour of the plant - which brought everything that we'd been hearing about to life.


Not surprisingly, there is a lot involved in managing such a complex process and keeping everyone at the plant safe. We plan to use what we gathered over the past four days to inf...

August 27, 2015

Today I had the unique opportunity to participate in a Build Right Makers Series, put on and hosted by SparkBox - a web design and development company based in downtown Dayton. During this workshop series, world-renowned content strategist, Karen McGrane, gave an excellent presentation and led a fun team exercise to teach attendees about web content strategy for mobile devices. 


I'm certainly not a web developer - but luckily, that didn't matter. I walked away this evening with a much better understanding of how to develop an effective and meaningful website - not to mention, I met some pretty cool people and even won a swe...

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