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Why a Language of Production

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 3 months ago

From 30,000 feet

Why a language of production?

Without a common language, it is hard to collaborate. The Tower of Babel problem is always looming on the horizon.


Wikipedia says that

A language is a system, used for communication, comprising a set of arbitrary symbols and a set of rules (or grammar) by which the manipulation of these symbols is governed. These symbols can be combined productively to convey new information, distinguishing languages from other forms of communication.


Design and production is a mission driven human collaborative activity. Success or failure can be measured. Degrees of success are informed by feedback. The problem is that people who need to collaborate to produce often use different languages and dialects.


It's about teams

Trust based collaborative teams can thrive when there is a clear, common understanding of the goal, an articulation of everyone's responsibity and authority, and the transparent feedback that measures team members' performance in fufilling their responsibilities.


Many people think production can be defined in a textbook or manual, guided by spreadsheets and lists. While those can be important, real life collaborative production is often more a collection of conversations that are woven into a story. The stories are often replete with interesting characters, stressful drama, and quick plot twists.


The "language of production" helps organize the conversations of a goal driven team. A good language has commonly agreed upon vocabulary and a reality based set of rules that can move information, quickly and efficiently. A rich "language of production" can lead to more effective design and the most resource efficient production.


How does it work on the ground?

In a High School


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