August 2017

    Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 1, Think in Feature Sets


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    Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 1, Think in Feature Sets
    August 31, 2017 - Many teams and organizations try to create one-quarter roadmaps. Here are the problems I see:Teams spend a ton of time estimating what they might do and then they select what will fit into a quarter. They feel or are asked to commit to all...

    Jim Womack’s hansei on where lean has failed


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    Jim Womack’s hansei on where lean has failed
    August 31, 2017 - Lean leading figure Jim Womack posted a sincere and critical reflection (hansei) on where Lean has failed and why not to give up. I was impressed when reading it and it reinforced my respect and admiration for the author.You can read the August...

    Team of Teams- A Systems View


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    August 31, 2017 - Teams are at the core of successful work in organizations. Very few things can be accomplished by individuals. There is increasing talk about teams. Inspiring work has been done in military environments, as illustrated through the book Team of Teams...

    How to Reduce Manufacturing Waste


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    How to Reduce Manufacturing Waste
    August 31, 2017 - Nowadays, everyone is environmentally conscious. Across the country, recycling programs have become quite popular. Manufacturing facilities often have the greatest recycling opportunities. Statistics have proven that the bigger the facility, the...

    The risks of manufacturing processes running on auto-pilot


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    The risks of manufacturing processes running on auto-pilot
    August 31, 2017 - Automation is a great thing but allowing manufacturing processes to run on auto-pilot, without human involvement, can be a costly mistake. Human operators enable companies to: identify early warning signs of manufacturing issues and recommend...

    The Productivity Challenge


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    The Productivity Challenge
    August 31, 2017 - The UK is falling behind in global productivityIn 2017 the UK’s productivity is falling behind the other G7 countries by a gap of around 16%.In a recent news item, the BBC reported that UK productivity had fallen to pre-financial crisis...

    How to Avoid Overfitting Your Regression Model


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    How to Avoid Overfitting Your Regression Model
    August 31, 2017 - Overfitting a model is a real problem you need to beware of when performing regression analysis. An overfit model result in misleading regression coefficients, p-values, and R-squared statistics. Nobody wants that, so let's examine what...

    Lines of Innovation – Part 1


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    Lines of Innovation – Part 1
    August 31, 2017 - First of a two-part series: "Because of the numerous examples of lines in innovation, these provide important lessons for the modern innovation practitioner."

    Standardization or Adaptation?


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    Standardization or Adaptation?
    August 31, 2017 - Standardization or adaption?  Have you ever answered this question from a personal perspective?The main challenge a business may face in internationalization is the degree of standardization or adaptation regarding its operations. Going global...

    How to Leverage Lean for Long-Term Success Under Short-Term Pressures [WEBINAR]


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    How to Leverage Lean for Long-Term Success Under Short-Term Pressures [WEBINAR]
    August 31, 2017 - With a title like How to Leverage Lean for Long-term Success (Under Short-term Pressures), it’s no surprise that our recent webinar was packed with some useful information and actionable advice for viewers. Hosted by our VP of Improvement...

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