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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 7 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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It’s often said that inspiration strikes when you least expect it, but that’s a rather inefficient way to drive innovation and creativity. Just think of a time when you, or a team you were on, needed to solve a particular problem. As soon as you begin thinking of ideas, your mind goes blank. The point of brainstorming is to produce a comprehensive list of potential ideas, solutions or plans. When done well, brainstorming should increase participation, reduce inhibition, stimulate ideas,...

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    by LSSU Admin - Friday, 4 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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    On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.


    "The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have."   — Sheryl Sandberg
    I agree. To learn is to grow, it...

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      As I blogged about back in August, the team at Value Capture released an eBook that was built around transcripts of speeches by the late Paul H. O'Neill, Sr. Today would have been Mr. O'Neill's 85th birthday, so Value Capture has chosen this as the date to release a second free eBook: Lasting Impact: Leaders […]

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        I'm excited that Episode #23 of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! You can listen to it (or watch it or read a podcast) via my MarkGraban.com website: Episode #23: Coach Jimmy Nelson, “Let's Be Bad Together” Joining me for Episode #23 is Coach Jimmy Nelson, a speaker and performance coach. I think […]

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          My guest for Episode #395 is Michael Parent. He is Managing Director of his firm Right Brain Consulting and he is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with the AAA Auto Club Group. Michael has a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from William & Mary. Michael and […]

          The post Lean Podcast #395 — Michael Parent on Lean Six Sigma in HR and Talent Acquisition appeared first on Lean Blog.

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            by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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            KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are metrics used to track the performance of a business, a department, or individuals against goals. When designed and implemented properly they can define the direction of a business, provide essential feedback and help organize individuals, teams, projects or entire businesses to optimize performance. The key is to choose the KPIs relevant to your industry and business goals — focusing on the wrong ones is costly to your company. One of the most effective...

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              by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 12:00 PM
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              The baton touch is probably the easiest way to do multi-machine handling in a line. This ease-of-use makes it a very popular approach for the assignment of the operators in a line. An operator is in charge of a fixed set of processes. The operator always repeats the same loop of processes. Multiple operators, each ... Read more

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                Last Thursday, I re-watched a classic episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Yeah, I'm old enough that this is a show I watched as a kid. I was born in Dayton and lived just north of Cincinnati until I was five and I loved the radio… so that might have been part of the appeal to […]

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                  An impressive new book by Jeremy Nicholls, entitled The Everyday Project Manager: A Primer for Learning the Principles of Successful Project Management, explores the key attributes and skills of successful project management and describes the practical skills that will enhance project delivery regardless of your level of experience. In addition, Jeremy posits that success and survival in business relies on change and the way that business implements change is through projects.

                  At the beginning of the month, I spoke to Jeremy about his book and asked him: "What are the common mistakes made when trying to implement change through projects?" Here is his full answer:

                  Understanding the Context for Change

                  In the enthusiasm to get going and DO SOMETHING, organizations frequently fail to set a project within the wider business and strategic context.  Change via projects is easiest to implement, and more effective when it aligns with the overall background of change.  By considering the broader organizational goals and – importantly – how your project aligns to those goals, you will be better able to articulate the drivers for change.  This increases buy-in and significantly improves your change implementation.  When you think about it, this applies to personal projects too – your project to decorate the bedroom might be a great idea, but if your partner’s plan is to sell the house next year, they won’t support your change.

                  Identifying Champions

                  For change to be implemented most effectively, you require support up and down the organization. It seems to be stating the obvious to say that the more people who are championing your project, the more likely it is to succeed, but it is frequently overlooked. When people deliver projects, they tend to get very caught up in the nuts and bolts of the delivery itself.  It’s a different skill set, but one that the best project managers have, to get out there and engage with stakeholders and bring people along for the journey.  Your project sponsor is the key here; if they are not excited about the project outcome then there’s no reason anyone else should be.  But the main point is don’t just be a project manager – be a project cheerleader!

                  Get the Basics Right

                  There will be certain points during a change project where things get exciting.  This can be for a good, expected reason (the much-anticipated go-live), or a not-so-good, unexpected reason (an issue that threatens to derail the project).  In either case, when the temperature of the project gets to fever pitch, the first things to get side-lined are often the good (but not quite as exciting) practices that keep a project on track.  Stay focused on the objectives; remember the reasons for doing the project in the first place.  Avoid the tendency, to throw the baby out with the bathwater when the project hits a bump.  Go back to first principles, take a breath, and keep going.

                  What are your thoughts on Jeremy's perspective? Has your company been successful implementing change through projects? What attributes do you think compose a successful project manager?

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                    by LSSU Admin - Monday, 30 November 2020, 4:00 PM
                    Retrieved from: Lean Thinking
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                    By Pascal Dennis (bio)

                    Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Livy, Machiavelli, Clausewitz - magic names.

                    These Masters of War are still read centuries & millennia later.

                    Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War was the classical text of choice during the two Iraq wars.

                    And General Colin Powell, famously, had the following quote from the master framed on his State Department desk:

                    "Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most."

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                    Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Clausewitz are no less popular.

                    Why are these authors still relevant?

                    Because they wrote beautifully - clear, simple sentences that cut to the heart of the issue.

                    Because they lived what they wrote about. (All were practitioners, with all respect to many contemporary academics.)

                    Because human nature does not change.

                    In our consulting work, I see the same chess positions over and over.

                    Different board, different style of chess piece -- but the same positions.

                    The greats understand this, which I suppose is what makes them great.

                    I have image of these old boys shooting the breeze in a bar, regaling one another with stories, the ideas, opinions and insights coming fast & furious.

                    (I'd love to be the bartender!)

                    Best,

                    Pascal




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