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The Ideas from the “Lookout” role to spot obstacles ahead

On April 10,1912, the steam-powered Titanic ship with 2,240 passengers and crew members begain its journey from its port at Southampton, England, bound for New York City, USA. The 882-foot (269-meter) vessel stretched a length of two-and-a-half football fields.

A crow’s nest in the context of a ship is a structure in the upper part of the main mast of a ship or a structure that is used as a lookout point.
The crow’s nest sits high above the deck and provides the best view for a LOOKOUT(a role uniquely assigned to a person or persons) to spot approaching hazards, other ships or land. On the evening of April 14 the Titanic began to approach an area known to have icebergs. Frederick Fleet, was on lookout role duty on the night of April 14, 1912.

David Blair, from Dundee, Scotland, served as the Titanic’s original second officer, but was replaced at the last minute and left the ship in Southampton, saving his life. In his haste to disembark, however, he FORGOT to leave a KEY which was needed in the crow’s nest to access the BINOCULARS or a telescope. The task of spotting ICEBERGS by naked eye, was made difficult by the fact that the ocean was unusually calm that night. Also, because there would be little water breaking at its base, an iceberg would be more difficult to spot. Unfortunately, the lookout Fleet did not sense a desperate urgency to break the lock and access any optical devices.

Lookout Frederick Fleet survived the Titanic disaster and later testified that the disaster could have been averted if only he had the binoculars to spot the danger.
Read more at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10194393/Medals-won-seaman-pocketed-key-Titanics-binoculars-set-fetch-15-000.html 

The Ideas from the “Wireless Radio Operator” role to receive and send messages

Throughout much of the voyage, the WIRELESS RADIO operators on the Titanic, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, had been receiving ICEBERG WARNINGS, most of which were passed along to the BRIDGE(Steering and Command Room). The two men worked for the Marconi Company, and much of their job was relaying passengers’ messages.

At approximately 9:40 PM the Mesaba(a nearby ship) sent a WARNING of an ice field. The message was never relayed to the Titanic’s bridge.
At 10:55 PM the nearby Leyland liner Californian(another ship) sent word that it had stopped after becoming surrounded by ice. Phillips, who was handling passenger messages, interpreted it as non-urgent and scolded the Californian for interrupting him.

At approximately 11:40 PM, about 400 nautical miles (740 km) south of Newfoundland, Canada, an iceberg was sighted, and the bridge was notified but it was too close to avoid a collision. The ship’s starboard side scraped along the iceberg. At least five of its supposedly watertight compartments toward the bow were ruptured. The rest of the disastrous events triggered investigations, a box office movie and many preventive actions.

Since then, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the International Ice Patrol Ice Patrol keeps a close watch over Iceberg Alley. They warn shipping traffic away from the “limit of all known ice” the area where the patrol believes ice presents a serious danger.
Now, the European Space Agency(ESA) satellites provide Iceberg drift forecasts that predict the path of Icebergs within the overall 1 300 000 sq km service area. Radar satellites are extremely good at detecting sea ice and ICEBERGS, even in clouds or darkness.
Watch more of a iceberg hunting video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwfYRI1txx8 

Recognizing the misses and hits above, use the below Key Question to Turn Ideas in your domain into Action :
Q1. How should your teams” SCAN-DECIDE near risks-workarounds on the near horizon and SORT-COMMUNICATE warning messages, trends?

Today, to prevent HARMFUL and DANGEROUS outcomes, it is best for Enterprise teams to immediately apply some or all of the below actions,
1. scan the recurring experience of travelling daily in their, their customers, users domain “oceans and clouds“.
2. collect reliable industry terrain reports of the partly visible realities, sort the clutter of mostly-hidden risks like “icebergs“.
3. form, shape and turn ideas for cross enterprise teams like the “International Ice Patrol” to specific anticipatory actions.

Source Links: www.dailymail.co.uk , www.history.howstuffworks.com , www.britannica.com  www.esa.int 

Promantia Global Consulting LLP advises, guides and supports enterprise teams using the below strategies to Turn Ideas into Action
1. shaping ideas by mining, refining, framing, repurposing, combining.
2. validating ideas through specific probes and expert responses in your domain.
3. implementing ideas using cross-industry business solution patterns.