XM Explainer Video Script

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Abstract: The Extreme Manufacturing (XM) Project Page is OSE's main organizing platform for developing Global Village Construction Set tools. 50 such pages will be created - one for each project. Several related Project Pages will be Grouped by topic, such as Tractor Group with Microtractor, Tractor, Bulldozer, and Backhoe. Each Group will have a dedicated Scrum Master - or Project Manager - who manages the whole development team, secures resources, and ensures that all work is documented on the Project Page. A Product Owner - or an individual with a clear vision of the desired end-state for a product - will be dedicated to assist the Scrum Master - one Product Owner per several groups.

The role of the Scrum Master is to unblock blocks - and to follow up on results constantly and make sure that these results are documented - while the Product Owner keeps the entire group on track by providing strategy, clear direction, and by approving Budgets. The Scrum Master follows the Product Owner's direction, and the Product Owner reports to the Stakeholder. The Stakeholder - or initiator of the Projects - recruits both the Scrum Master and Product Owner, and then the Scrum Master recruits the team for executing all the steps.

The XM Project Page platform is used to display and index relevant project information. We start with a Project Overview - a Systems Engineering Breakdown Diagram which breaks a technology down into all components - and a Team Map. Window 4 shows a daily video log of progress + and the Status Window shows a daily Status Brief and a Log of tasks accomplished. The most important window in this interface is the Control Panel - which contains a Master List of Steps. There is a total of 72 steps for each product - from basics such as design, CAD, prototyping, and testing - to many supporting steps such as design review, safety, and failure mode analysis. The Control Panel also includes the Definition of Ready - or the prerequisites for starting a step - and the Definition of Done which defines the standards for completion. The Control Panel also links to the Work Product - or documentation of whatever results are obtained - plus an Assessment and Acceptance by the Product Owner.

The Task Board is located below the control panel. This is where all tasks are posted - it is open access. If you want to join the team - the prerequisite is that you take a task from the backlog and complete it. Then you can start contributing further to the Control Panel and the Status window.

The magic of this method lies in synergistic, lively, distributed, parallel development - occurring both at Factor e Farm and via global collaboration. This platform will combine parallel remote prototyping, Desisgn and CAD Flash Mobs, feedback from advisers, constant vlogging of results, Daily Standups, and Product Demos. The most remarkable feature of Scrum is that ALL STEPS MAY HAPPEN AT THE SAME TIME AND MAY OCCUR IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. The key to this is modular design - where as long as the interface between components is clearly defined - all components may be developed simultaneously. Moreover, if the effort involves breakdown into very small steps, then any single step is likely to be sufficiently low-cost that performing that step becomes feasible. Massive parallel development also means that any result provides useful feedback to inform other steps. On the Scrum Floor - or the FeF workshop - people are aware of each others' work, they can pair up to learn, and they can swarm on a problem if needed.

If you would like to become a Scrum Master - meaning - full time, on site at Factor e Farm - we are offering accommodations and a $2k/month stipend at Factor e Farm. If you would like to apply, please review the Control Panel and other steps, and set up an appointment by emailing recruiting at opensourceecology dot org, and your interview will consist of a discussion about tactical aspects of the platform and how you would go about implementing in for read development. We are looking to recruit a total of 10 Scrum Masters by July 1, 2012. We are also looking for 2 Product Owners by the same time, with terms to be negotiated.


Each Scrum Master will be responsible for a Product Grouping:

  1. Tractor/Microtractor/Bulldozer/Loader/Universal Rotor/Backhoe
  2. Power Cube/Modern Steam Engine/Gasifier Burner/Heat Exchanger
  3. Induction Furnace/Metal Rolling/Wire and Rod Mill
  4. Open Source Automobile/Truck
  5. CNC Circuit Mill/3D Printer/CNC Torch Table
  6. CEB Press/Dimensional Sawmill
  7. Hammermill/Pelletizer/Cement Mixer/Trencher/Spader
  8. Well Drilling Rig
  9. Bioplastic Extruder
  10. Aluminum Extractor
  11. Hay Cutter/Hay Rake/Microcombine/Universal Seeder
  12. CNC Multimachine/Hydraulic Motor
  13. 3D Scanner/Laser Cutter
  14. 50 kW Wind Turbine
  15. Dairy Milker/Bread Oven
  16. Solar Concentrator
  17. Ironworker Machine/Press Forge
  18. Universal Power Supply/Open Source Welder/Plasma Cutter
  19. Industrial Robot
  20. Nickel-Iron Batteries/Electric Motor/Generator

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