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New Florida State Logo and Bad Supply Chain Communication TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Prior to their football team’s spring game, Florida State University and Nike unveiled a newly-redesigned uniform and set of logos. The changes to the team’s markings has been a source of …Continue reading →

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2014 Masters: Eisenhower Tree Removal Will Change The Game TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Imagine a manufacturing process that has operated in mostly the same way every year. The same suppliers, the same machines, the same internal process steps. Extremely consistent inputs and outputs, …Continue reading →

The NFL Pro Bowl and Focusing On Things That Matter TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | There is serious talk at the highest league levels about discontinuing the NFL Pro Bowl, and for very good reason. – The game really only serves as a vacation for …Continue reading →

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“We Don’t Have Time for Kaizen” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In a past career stop, I was in a manufacturing production meeting providing a recap of a failed Kaizen event held on the shop floor the day earlier. The event …Continue reading →

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USC Trojan’s Student Manager Fired for Deflating Footballs TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |   The Trojans of the University of Southern California have recently gotten off of NCAA probation. They are bowl eligible this year but have had scholarship reductions for the next …Continue reading →

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Politics and (the Lack of) Root Cause Analysis TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As a continuous improvement practitioner, I have a significant disdain for politics. By politics, in this case I’m referring to the democratic elections and campaigning by individuals running for public …Continue reading →

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The Hassle of Rolling Loose Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Rolling loose change is a pretty annoying practice. It’s extremely time consuming, to the point that I simply collect coins in a large tin (or large plastic Coke bottle bank) …Continue reading →

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Toyota Way Principle #13: Decide Slowly Through Consensus, Implement Rapidly TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is part of a series of posts covering the 14 principles from The Toyota Way. Today we’re examining The Toyota Way principle 13.) One of the risks of implementing changes or …Continue reading →

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What P90X and Lean Have in Common TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We’ve all seen the infomercials. (Or have you? Maybe I need to minimize my late-night television viewing.) P90X is the relatively new home workout philosophy that consists of a training regimen …Continue reading →

Continuous Improvement and Our Founding Fathers TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Independence Day 2012 everybody! In between bites of our burgers or brats and swigs of beer, let’s also take the time to thank all of those who have made …Continue reading →

Golf Lessons and Being Open to Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Just like last year, I was inspired to play golf more frequently after watching The Masters this April. While I haven’t frequently gotten to the course or the range, I …Continue reading →

The NBA, the Sports Guy, and Aversion to Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland.com and ESPN’s The Sports Guy, analyzed the 2011-2012 NBA season thus far and concluded that the league should strongly consider starting the regular season on …Continue reading →

Why Is Lean Important Today? (More Fatalistic View) TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So we’re struggling through the worst economic downturn in our lifetimes, and based on the varying opinions of all the economic experts no one knows for sure when it will …Continue reading →

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