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Why is it so hard to get buy in to continuous improvement?

At the heart of continuous improvement is the matter of change.  In order to improve the process, we must change it.  However, not every change results in an improvement.  We would not bother to make a change if it didn’t result in something positive, yet many changes we make result in little real improvement.  Why is …

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Theory of Constraints Lean Six Sigma – Integrating Tools for Big Results

Here’s a short clip from my presentation last month. Many organizations struggle with their continuous improvement (CI) efforts; achieving real bottom line results, whether in cost savings or increased revenues, has proven to be difficult.  In spite of the widespread implementation of Lean and Six Sigma principles, poor results persist. The TLS process generates 15-20 times …

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8 Unconventional Things to do When Sales Goes Down

So you’ve been hit by the economic crisis, eh?  Demand has softened up a bit, sales are uncertain.  You’re wondering what you’re going to to do with all that extra capacity.  You don’t want to lay anyone off, but if sales don’t pick up, you can’t stay solvent.  Here are some things you can do to …

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Is Your Continuous Improvement Organization a Profit Center?

Continuous Improvement (CI) organizations must be profit centers, not cost centers.  Too often, these organizations are established with little thought as to how they will function with the rest of the organization.  As a result, the CI organization goes about aimlessly “improving”, with no bottom line results from their effort.  No results = no buy-in.  No …

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Experience is not the best teacher?

According to Kishore Sengupta, an associate professor at France’s Insead business school, says that project managers says with 10 or more years of experience collectively generated higher costs and more errors and missed more deadlines than less-experienced colleagues. Mr. Sengupta developed a simulation program for project management that demonstrates when project managers fall into the patterns …

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Rocks Into Gold – A Parable

A parable is a short story that conveys a profound truth.  A friend of mine, Clarke Ching, wrote this compact business book that contains a GREAT idea.  Spend 20 minutes reading it.  You’ll be glad you did. Rocks Into Gold – Helping Programmers THRIVE through the Credit Crunch – by Clarke Ching View more presentations or …

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Study Shows Good Management Practice Equals More Profit

One would think we have the idea by now…

A recent study done by the London School of Economics and Stanford University shows that a standard of management practice is linked to the favorable financial performance of the business. The way an organization is managed has a strong effect on its performance. It also states that “Management excellence is a matter of internal policy and not just the business environment”

Silk Purses from Sow’s Ears & Flying Lead Balloons

It’s that time of the year; review your past successes and update your plans for the coming year or so… I was doing some research on selling professional services, and ran accross the “best business brochure ever written”. It was a brochure written by Arthur D. Little for his fledgling consulting firm. In it, he describes …

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