My Giza adventure: Visual Management lessons

My Giza adventure on an antsy horse: Visual Management lessons learned the hard way

The Pyramids of Giza are impressive. The way I got there? Not so much. Here’s what an antsy horse has taught me about Visual Management — all the way in Egypt, while I was trying not to swallow grains of sand.

The saddle matters most

A long time ago, I traveled to Egypt to take in the culture and learn more about the country’s rich history. Before long, I met a tour guide who offered me a horseback ride to the Pyramids of Giza. After my hesitant “All right, let’s do it” he put me on a rather restless horse. (I preferred the quiet one with amiable eyes but the tour guide had reserved that animal for himself.) As we galloped into the desert, my horse grew increasingly fidgety. At one point it reared and curved its body — which might look great when you’re watching a documentary on wildlife but is very uncomfortable when you’re riding our solid-hoofed friends.

Me? I held on tightly and then patted the horse’s back. It worked. Peace returned, and we trotted along. Everything seemed to be working out until we arrived at the pyramids. When my horse saw them, it grew excited (I think). And that was the straw that broke the camel’s — or, in this case, horse’s — back: right in front of the famous three monumental ancient structures, I fell headlong onto the sand. As I floundered in the endless ocean of grains, my tour guide inspected the situation. He concluded the saddle belt was the culprit: somewhere along the way it had broken. And the saddle is crucial, as it keeps rider and horse in place. Lesson learned (the hard way).

Riding off into the Visual Management sunset

It’s been years since my horseback riding experience in the desert. But here’s what I believe: the saddle is nothing but an API. Let’s take QuickCOM, for example. You want it to communicate with the system where relevant data resides and display the extracted information in a clear, coherent manner. So it’s paramount that you develop APIs fast and reliably (which saves downtime). And that’s exactly what we do at Texas Digital.

Recently we wrote a blog post about the magnificent seven connectors, which are basically saddles that keep rider and horse in harmony. And it doesn’t stop at these seven versions. We can build a saddle for every horse. Each is tailor-made and crafted with care to make sure it fits perfectly, so our customers can safely ride off into the Visual Management sunset!

Want to explore your information sharing strategy? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to perform a Quick Scan and discuss your Visual Management opportunities.

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