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  • Try this iterative drawing team activity

    Most team activities I know are either competitive, too darn didactic, or have nothing to do with work. This time I’d like to introduce you to a fun team activity that will get them out of their comfort zones, will tap on their creativity, and is bound to get some insights about the value o...

    Tags: Agile and lean principles, Employee Engagement Exercises, building team trust, employee engagement exercises, iterative drawing, team exercises, teamwork

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  • Making Best Practices ";All for One and One for All" Your best and most experienced people on the manufacturing floor make an...

    Making Best Practices ";All for One and One for All" Your best and most experienced people on the manufacturing floor make an art of their work, but are sometimes reluctant to change. Your least experienced and/or most timid people avoid asking anything twice, so they wade through documentation a...

    Tags: teamwork, Team Work, Teamwork and Collaboration

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  • Root Cause Analysis: Is There Risk Involved?

      Is There a Problem? Is there a problem with root cause analysis? Depends on how you look at it. First, let’s understand what it is. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a method of problem solving used for identifying the root causes of faults or problems. A factor is considered a r...

    Tags: RCA, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Tools, lean, problem solving, shmula.com, teamwork

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  • How to Overcome Workplace Negativity

      Workplace negativity can creep almost surreptitiously into any team and of any size. And when it does we can find ourselves having to deal with a lot of behavior that can make even the most optimistic and fun loving person wish that he or she were somewhere else. But just as workplace neg...

    Tags: Conflict Resolution, Team, teamwork

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  • The Feedback

    What is the feedback ? It is the process in which the effect or output of an action is 'returned' (fed-back) to modify the next action. In an organizational context, feedback is the information sent to an entity (individual or a group) about its prior behavior so that the entity may adjust its c...

    Tags: feedback, teamwork, leadership

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  • Respect for People: Lean’s Forgotten Third Pillar?

    We often speak about the two pillars of the Toyota or Lean system, and when doing so we think of the two well-known pillars of just-in-time (JIT) and built-in quality (jidoka). JIT thereby focuses on manufacturing only the necessary products, at the necessary time, in the necessary quantity by de...

    Tags: Autonomy, Continual Improvement, Culture, kaizen, Leadership, Lean Temple, Muda, respect, teamwork, transformation, waste

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  • Is Perseverance the Key to Leadership Success?

    We talk a lot about leadership in terms of the knowledge or skills we need to become more competent, most of which can be developed with training or coaching. However, one big part of becoming a successful leader is very difficult to develop and that’s the need for every leader to perseve...

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  • Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 3

    I started this series writing about the need for coaches in Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1. I continued in Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 2, talking about the changed role of managers in agile. In this part, let me address the role of senior manager...

    Tags: agile, MPD, coach, coaching, collaboration, project management, project team, team, teamwork, transition to agile

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  • Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 2

    In Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1, I wrote about circumstances under which a team might want a coach. It wasn’t an exhaustive list. It had several questions defining when coaches might help the team to become agile, not be cargo cult agile. One of the reasons w...

    Tags: agile, MPD, coach, coaching, collaboration, project management, project team, team, teamwork, transition to agile

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  • Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1

    There was a fascinating Twitter conversation last week when I was busy writing other things. (I also find Twitter to be a difficult-for-me arena to have a conversation. I need more than 140 characters.) The conversation started when Neil Killick tweeted this: orgs need coaches not because “...

    Tags: agile, MPD, coach, coaching, collaboration, project management, project team, team, teamwork, transition to agile

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