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(…and a look inside how my scattered brain works) “I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.”  -HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey So, there I was, checking my Twitter feed, and this link pops up from Technology Review: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602048/tesla-might-replace-autopilots-eyes-with-something-far-more-advanced/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post Ho hum…Elon Musk…ho hum…self-driving cars…ho hum…deep learning… I got so excited, I had to tweet about it myself, and it went viral.  Well, it went viral for me (aka: 2 likes and 1 re-tweet).  Here it is in case you missed it. https://twitter.com/jimmymaltese/status/761342452062117889 It got me thinking...
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If you have the privilege of working in an intergenerational office, you probably have a well-balanced view of the industry.  There are those who remember the birth of the industry, and have been doing things a certain way for decades.  Then there are those who are just learning to spell A-V, and question why they do something that particular way.  The result is typically slow, but low-risk, progress.  The young-guns come up with a new way to do something, and the silver-backs some up with reasons why it won’t work.  Sometimes the new way wins out (or a piece of it),...
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I was at my favorite liquor store the other day. It was Liquor Store Thursday, after all. I went up to the cashier to pay for my selections and noticed something funny. Behind the cashiers is a ledge about four-feet above the floor and about two-feet wide. Then there were windows from the ledge to the ceiling. Standing on the ledge was a security guard. I thought it was a great place for a security guard to stand. He was up high, so he could see the whole store from a bird’s-eye view. However, wouldn’t it be a little dangerous...
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Intro:  In the AV industry, the end-users are typically represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the designers, who specify the systems; and the integrators who install them.  My company acts as a third party to commission these systems.  These are our stories. Checklist Items Under Test:  The whole shebang!  The entire AV9000 standard. The Story I’ve heard several people say that the Quality in AV movement will not catch on until clients are willing to pay more for systems installed using a quality management system (like AV9000 or ISO 9000) as compared to systems put in without one.  While...
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It’s about the journey, not the destination.

AV 9000 Standard Checklist Item Under Test:  

Prepare document report, certifying that the product, performance, and practices are in compliance, and noting any exceptions below. Distribute accordingly.

Testing Reasoning: 

Whether you are commissioning a system as a third party, or as part of the quality assurance team in your company to make sure your client has everything they paid for, the integration process can be more important that the testing itself.  It certainly is where profits are made.  If the way the systems are being installed are not in harmony with the commissioning (the end game), finishing projects is going to be painful.  If, however, the way the systems are being installed is done with the end in mind, the checklists are an afterthought.  They just confirm that your great work is…great.  Systems integration should be performed while focusing on the client instead of rushing through the process and relying on a series of tests to catch the issues.

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