The Mistakes I Make in Producing “My Favorite Mistake”

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I make a lot of mistakes. Maybe that's one reason why I started a podcast called “My Favorite Mistake。”

我尽我所能从错误中吸取教训。我想避免重复错误,但我确实找到了做出新错误的方法。

Changes (or attempts at improvements) sometimes lead to mistakes.

我们都知道:

“如果它没有破产,不要修理它。”

There is actuallyan origin story to that quote

After writing this post, my friend (and fellow#LeanCommunicatorBrian Buck给我发了一个快照凭借来自着名的Restauranteur Danny Meyer错误的想法:

是的 - 如果它没有破坏,请修复它。我想认为我的错误很好地处理......是成功之路的一部分。或许我只是邋and和错误的易怒。

Improve What's Not Broken

But to those of us who are continuous improvement practitioners, we are driven to improve things that aren't “broken.” Things can always be better — but is it worth the effort?

For a few years now, I've been using Zoom to record podcasts with guests. Using Zoom was, to me, an improvement over Skype — and this was before Zoom was ubiquitous.

I've started releasing more podcasts in video form在YouTube上。I think that's an improvement, since some prefer watching (or even just listening) via YouTube. But, some people don't think watching talking heads adds much or any value. But, it's not difficult or time consuming for me, so I release them there.

放大没有被打破,真的,但我开始释放我的播客音频质量可能更好。

Zoom works well for meetings, but there are a few issues when it comes to recording a podcast:

  • The sound gets compressed as it's streamed to my computer for recording, sometimes with bad affects (if there are internet speed issues)
  • If one of us is talking and the other laughs, sometimes one side of the sound (usually the laughter) doesn't really get picked up well in the Zoom recording (and this seemed true when recording two separate tracks)

Zoom has some background noise cancelation features that solve some problems and create others. I've seen, in the video, a guest lean back and laugh (a natural thing to do) and the sound cuts out because Zoom perceives that as background noise.

我确实尝试了一些Zoom高级音频设置,他们称为“original sound” (without the processing and noise cancelation, etc.).

但是,我开始研究其他平台re designed specifically for podcasting.

我决定用一个名为的系统做一个试点Riverside.fm。Riverside承诺更好的声音和视频质量,因为谈话的两侧都在本地记录,这意味着客人录制在客人的电脑上。这导致非常原始的记录,然后将其同步到云。

As with many changes, there are pros and cons with Riverside:

PROs CONs
基于Web的 Only works in the Chrome browser
没有软件下载 与缩放不同,不适用于iOS设备
No account required for guests Have to warn guest to not immediately close the browser when done recording.
Better sound and video quality 每个人都知道在这一点上如何使用缩放,因此新系统可能是可怕的
易于使用 必须向客人解释这个系统如何运作

Many of the cons can be addressed, such as using Zoom still for guests who can't use or don't want to use Riverside.

Changes Lead to Mistakes?

我有一个非常好的过程,用于调度和录制播客。

When I first started using Riverside, I changed some of my workflows to send out the Riverside link to guests instead of the Zoom link.

最初的几次,我错误地发送了错误的录音链接。我不太了解河边系统,因为没有更好地测试我的过程,这完全是我的错。

我的第一次客人点击了我发送的链接。但是,我已经发送了我应该使用的“主机链接”。她点击了它,并提示我登录我,这是她没有的信息,当然是k。

Thankfully, she called me and I figured out my mistake and we were able to record the episode.

我现在开始向我的客人发送正确的“旅客链接”。

这是我部分的可预防的错误,但我决定不打败自己。

People are usually pretty gracious when you admit a mistake, and that was true with my guest there.

One other mistake, that affects listeners more, is that the first two times I recorded with Riverside, I mistakenly was using myApple AirPods Pro作为麦克风when I was intended to use them just as the扬声器。The Bluetooth-based connection of the AirPods is not as good as我正常的USB有线麦克风

So, in the与Krista Hughes的集that I released last Friday, her audio quality is really good — mine, not so much.

误,课程所吸引力。我可能会再次犯错误,但这是应该添加到托管清单中的类型。

脱离蓝色的新错误

我一直using Anchor.fmto host some podcasts, including My Favorite Mistake for about two years now.

I often upload the audio a few days (or up to a week) before an episode is released.

When I do the initial upload, I often just have a placeholder title and description. Once I write the show notes, I put that into Anchor, which includes setting the real title.

My workflow includes clicking “Save as draft” or “Update saved draft.” But, that button is very close to the “Publish now” button.

我不一定是责备他们的软件设计,而是在星期五,我显然(我假设现在误认为是“现在发布”。

当我打开我的Apple Podcasts应用程序时,我没有注意到这一到30分钟即可在外出散步时收听一些东西。

I was mortified and a little panicked to see this (look for the My Favorite Mistake logo):

题为“亚当劳伦斯草案41”的一集 - 哦不!

The audio was fine… but the title was wrong and there was really no description. I don't think the episode flowed through to everybody's podcast apps. My wife subscribes and listens and she didn't get the episode, because I went back into Anchor and clicked “Revert to draft.” Thankfully, I didn't click “Update episode.”

These are minor mistakes. No harm was done. It's OK to admit making mistakes.

Here is the real, fully-released插曲with Adam (it was recorded with Zoom, by the way).

As my guest from Episode #40, Krista Hughes, said… if you don't think you make mistakes, then “oh gosh, bless. your heart.” :-)

Covid Vaccination Process Improvement

Shout out to “The Lens” (from Catalysis) by the way, and这种关于Covid疫苗接种过程改善塞勒姆健康的优秀剧集。That's the episode I listened to.

If you're doing process improvement work related to Covid vaccination, you might want to check out this免费协作平台that I've helped launch:

I'll probably write more about this tomorrow…


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新利18网址Mark 新利18网址Graban.是一个国际公认的顾问author那and专业扬声器谁曾在医疗保健,制造和初创公司工作过。他的最新书是Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More。他是Shingo屡获殊荣的书籍的作者精益医院and医疗保健Kaizen., 也The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen。He also published the anthologyPracticing Lean这有益于Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation那where Mark is a board member. Mark is also aSenior Advisor到科技公司KaiNexus

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