The Times They Are A Changin'
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Our work here is really starting to take shape as a consolidated set of recommendations for the city of Da Nang. And none too soon, it appears. On our way home from meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today, we had the mis-fortune to be on the road right around 1700 (5:00 PM). The rumors of Da Nang being free of traffic jams are not quite true. As you can see from the picture, this roundabout (there are many in Da Nang) gets congested just like other cities across Asia.
Good thing the traffic team is looking into ways to help the city address the expected rise in population and automobile usage. The city has targets for 2015 and 2020 for levels of public transportation rider-ship. This should help with the traffic increases at least.
What we are learning here is that the challenges that teams face in implementing new projects are just about universal – worries about funding, skills, and staffing seem to be a language spoken around the world and under every type of government system. Because of this, our recommendations need to be especially sensitive to the funding and skills requirements which they will bring along.
For the food safety team, we have built a value vs. effort bubble chart, using cost for the size of the bubbles, in order to these characteristics of our recommendations relative to one another. The characteristics we are using were suggested by the transportation sub-team. This is just one example of how the teams are working independently in each area while also collaborating and building on one another in putting together a combined set of recommendations for the city.