2018-04-30 2 min read


Planning & Strategy.

  • The company behind C.H.I.P., a linux based computer that crowdfunded for $9, appears to be insolvent.
  • Lessons from the former head of data at Pebble: "The top-down approach to centralizing data — the data science VP working with the marketing VP and the sales VP and the operations VP and the CEO — is too gargantuan. But doing it piecemeal — having one motivated data-worker find a collaborator in another department and moving forward on centralizing whatever little bit of data they can — might be successful."
  • "In game theory, a focal point (also called Schelling point) is a solution that people will tend to use in the absence of communication, because it seems natural, special, or relevant to them."

Making & Manufacturing.

Maintenance, Repair & Operations.

  • One big risk to bus systems going fully electric is that the batteries will eventually need to be serviced, and cities are often unprepared to take on that kind of work. At 16,359 buses, Shenzhen has the largest electric fleet in the world; they were able to mitigate the risk of battery failure by negotiating with bus suppliers to provide lifetime warranties on the batteries.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection, Testing & Analysis.


Simulations of Mars' moons being created by a giant impact.

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Love, Spencer.

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Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright
Spencer Wright is the (mostly accidental) founder of Scope of Work, which he started writing (as The Prepared) in 2013. Today he serves as its editor-in-chief and chief dilettante.
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