Management Improvement Blog Carnival #179

The Curious Cat Management Blog Carnival has been published since 2006. The carnival links to great management blog posts; it is published twice a month. I hope you find these post interesting and find some new blogs to start reading. Follow me online: Google+, Twitter and elsewhere.

  • Lean Versus Historical TPS by Art Smalley – “identify what are your impediments to improvement and work on those. In particular as what are barriers to higher equipment uptime, higher process capability, safer equipment, higher capital and labor productivity without adding cost, more highly trained personnel, and you will be on the right track. I call this building better process stability and it is an essential yet often ignored element of the historical Toyota Production System.”
  • 5 Critical Control Chart Characteristics You May Not Be Aware Of by Ron Pereira – “No matter if you call yourself a ‘lean practitioner’ or ‘six sigma practitioner’ or some combination of the two… one ‘tool’ you should have a deep understanding of is the control chart.”
  • photo of Mount Merapi in Indonesia

    Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia by John Hunter.

  • Adaptability vs Evolutionary Change by David J. Anderson – “Organizations with evolutionary capability have resilience – they remain relevant despite changing circumstances and maintain high levels of effectiveness as the environment around them changes. Kanban is a means to install evolutionary capability and deliver on higher level agility. Evolutionary capability defines second generation Agile methods.”
  • Completion: Limiting WIP Post II by Jim Benson – “When we limit work-in-progress, we not only limit the number of projects we are working on, but also the number of tasks. This helps us complete tasks efficiently and effectively. When we are done, we understand what we did. While we are doing the tasks we are fully aware of how long they are taking.”
  • Social Pressure Is a Better Motivator Than Money by Scott Keller – “In the workplace there are many ways to invoke social versus market norms in order to more deeply connect to employees’ sense of meaning.”
  • Results… Not Personality by Kevin Meyer – “How many of us have a “Dr. Hodad” in our organization? A supposed leader that talks a good talk, is loved by many, but is simply ineffective? Why? Why does he still have a seat on the bus? How do we make it obvious that he should get off the bus?”
  • Visualizing the Benefit of Small Improvement Steps by Jon Miller – “Often large, complex problems are simply agglomerations of many small problems, or entwined problems with common root causes. Approaching them fearlessly trough small practical improvements can not only show us a path forward, it can give us courage to continue.”
  • Build Faster Systems – Don’t Just Try and Run Faster by John Hunter – “Any attempt to be faster internally or respond to a faster marketplace should first put the principle of sustainable workload as a requirement. And next build the capability of the enterprise to respond quickly and keep increasing how quickly it can respond effectively.”
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