How Next Generation Collaboration Tools Saved the Jedi

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Jedi AcademyWithin the halls of the illustrious Jedi Academy, the apprenticeship of a Padawan (Force-sensitive adolescent) traditionally began with a disciplined one-on-one instruction with an assigned Jedi Knight or Master.

Unfortunately, this one-to-one transfer of knowledge between student and teacher had dangerous pitfalls. A Jedi’s untimely death at the hands of an evil Sith could sever the line of wisdom passed from one generation to the next. And no one can deny that if Yoda and Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi had not escaped the clutches of The Empire and hidden in Tatooine and Dagobah, millenniums of Jedi Teachings would have been completely lost.

Despite avoiding capture, the Jedi realized that memory — even that of a wise Jedi — is prone to failure due to the outrageous slings and arrows of old age.

Star Wars historians originally believed Obi-Wan was protecting Luke Skywalker’s feelings by not revealing that his father, Anakin Skywalker, was Darth Vader. But the truth is Obi-Wan — in the twilight of his years — simply forgot this important bit of information.

“A young Jedi named Darth Vader... [long pause to remember what he was saying]... um, hmmm, betrayed and murdered your father…I think,” fumbled Obi-Wan, while drinking prune juice. This wasn’t the only time the ancient Jedi’s absent-mindedness had nearly doomed the rebel alliance.

“Despite reminding him a dozen times, Ben Kenobi completely forgot to take R2-D2 and the coveted "How to Destroy a Death Star for Dummies” guide to Alderaan like I asked,” huffed Luke Skywalker, who began disdainfully referring to the senile old Jedi as “Bengay Kenobi.”

Seeing the potentially catastrophic amount of historical data and Jedi teachings nearly lost during the Great Jedi Purge, the Jedi quickly realized the importance of sharing and permanently recording important product information in a more formalized manner. Because of this, the Jedi soon employed a collaboration system that facilitated teamwork to avoid risking the loss of critical product information, wisdom and important documents, such as the Death Star SOP.

The next generation collaboration solution the Jedi Academy chose to support their Force, engineering and manufacturing teachings was Arena Scribe. “Scribe provides the entire product supply chain a digital slate to socialize, record and share all tribal knowledge,” said Skywalker. “Stakeholders can get up to speed quickly and make informed decisions.”

Because the Jedi were already using Arena PLM BOMControl to manage their product data and engineering and manufacturing needs for the design of lightsabers, X-Wings, droids and Jedi Jamborees (the galaxy’s most popular wearable fitness consumer products), adopting Arena Scribe was a no-brainer. With all the product documentation already in BOMControl, Scribe made it much easier to facilitate collaboration. So amazingly intuitive in fact, there’s actually no training manual.

Luke had long recognized that the Jedi’s one-on-one teaching heritage and heavy reliance on email fell short of the knowledge-sharing potential that only a next generation collaboration solution could unlock. “There is only so much you can gain by giving Yoda piggy back rides and slurping raw space bat eggs straight from the shell after a tough training session,” said Skywalker wiping the grimy green slime from his face with his sleeve. “Although Obi-Wan forgot my dad was Darth Vader, I was able to go back to Scribe and discover a Jedi thread that accurately recorded that Darth Vader was not only my father…but he was also my uncle! Whoa! This disturbing finding made me really uncomfortable about my family’s unhealthily ‘close’ relationships.” 

With Scribe, the Rebel Alliance cataloged all the wise sayings of Yoda and other great Jedi, such as Mace Windu, whose wisdom and power were considered legendary — as were the weight of his words. Windu, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, was often quoted at cocktail parties. Here are some of Windu’s best-known bon mots.

  • “In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor.”
  • “Enough is enough! I have had it with these snakes on this plane!”
  • “Mmm. Jimmie. This is some serious gourmet coffee. Usually, me and Vince would be happy with some freeze-dried Taster's Choice, right? And he springs this serious gourmet coffee on us. What flavor is this?”

Enterprise social collaboration is not just a platform — it’s a means of transforming business processes. The solution releases the power of your human capital and captures it in a single knowledge-base repository. “By collaborating, you’ll bring the ease of consumer-like social experiences to the supply chain,” said Luke. “Everyone within a manufacturing organization — engineers, operation managers, executives, even suppliers — can share their domain knowledge broadly within their groups or narrowly across discrete functions.” 

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John Papageorge
John Papageorge has worked at some of the biggest names in the high tech industry, launching products and programs for companies, such as Oracle, HP, Cisco, and Microsoft. John's passion ... Read More 

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