Management Improvement Blog Carnival #162

The Curious Cat management blog carnival is published 3 times a month with hand picked recent management blog posts. I also collect management improvement articles for the Curious Cat Management Articles site; an RSS feed of new article additions is available.

  • Stress Solutions, Not Blame by Kevin Meyer – “My organization often hears me say that 90% of problems are the result of poor processes, not people, and 9%… are probably due to poor leadership.”
  • The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – “Caring deeply about what customers want is much different from continually asking them what they want; it requires intuition and instinct about desires that have not yet formed.”
  • Kanban and Lean Startup: Making the Most of Both by Alexei Zheglov – “Kanban is an important process-improvement tool for technology organizations. Lean startup is a new approach to discovering new, innovative ways to do business. To get the most from both, it is important to understand how they relate to each other.”
  • Is Agile too inefficient for start-ups? by Jason Yip – “You Ain’t Gonna Need It was about creating a culture of simplicity (you must justify building more than you need to), which tends to preserve cash, versus a culture of anticipation (you must justify why you’re not building something that handles every imaginable scenario), which tends to burn cash as if it magically falls from the heavens.”
  • Standardized Work is Foundational to Continuous Improvement by Matt Wrye – “Without standardized work, continuous improvement is not possible and it can help to better engage the employees in how to improve their work. Just like when building a house start with the foundation. The same is true of continuous improvement… start with standardized work.”
  • Lessons learned on re-introducing Lean Six Sigma into a business by Rick Haynes – “Before re-introducing the LSS topics, an analysis should be performed to understand why the prior effort was not sustainable. The issues found in the prior deployment should be addressed before LSS is brought back.”
  • Selling Quality Improvement by John Hunter – “If executives are sold with the idea they can continue their way of doing things… that may get a sale but makes significant improvement very difficult. If you want significant improvement, expect the management systems to change – what the senior managers and executives do on a daily basis should change significantly.”
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