Baseball Opening Day 2013! What Are Our Business Processes? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Baseball Opening Day has arrived! Tonight the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will throw out the first pitch of the 2013 MLB season. Banners will be unfurled, famous dignitaries will …Continue reading →

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Costly Ice System Problems Could Mean Augusta Riverhawks Hockey Team Flies Away TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The Augusta Riverhawks, an independent minor league hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, were forced to vacate its final home games of the season because of a breakdown of …Continue reading →

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The Filth and Disgusting Health Behaviors at Wrigley Field TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I came across this little op-ed piece on ESPN.com’s Playbook about Wrigley Field being the grossest sports stadium in the four major North American sports leagues, sharing a little bit …Continue reading →

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A Case for Kanban and Materials Management TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A prominent sports organization in the area (that shall remain nameless) normally uses an outside materials supplier to stock about 200 individual consumable items (paper products, food and drink items, …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 →

Using Toyota Way Principle #8 on Everyday Technology TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is a continuation of a series of posts reviewing the principles of The Toyota Way.) As previously mentioned, the eighth principle from The Toyota Way states: “Use only reliable, …Continue reading →

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The Masters: Mowing the Fairways TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | When the patrons begin leaving Augusta National Golf Club during the week of the Masters and when the final groups of golfers finish up their rounds or work at the …Continue reading →

LinkedIn’s Version of the Fail Whale TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | You know about the Fail Whale on Twitter, right? If you don’t know, when Twitter gets overloaded with data transmission requests (lots of people using/checking/updating Twitter at one time) the …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: 5S, Sort, and Make the Clutter Stop! TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So we covered Sort in yesterday’s post but because it’s the first step in 5S we need to make sure we do it right and leave no stone unturned. We must …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: 5S and How Sort is Half the Battle TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Remember those G.I. Joe cartoons from the 80’s where at the end of each episode one of the Joes would teach us a life lesson (about nutrition, honesty, school, etc.)? …Continue reading →

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Lean and the Profit Equation TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | To examine the impact lean implementation can have on a business, let’s look at the high-level super-simplified equation for profit. PROFIT = REVENUES – EXPENSES Components of the revenue term …Continue reading →

Lean is NOT Just About Cutting Costs TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | One of the important elements of lean and continuous improvement that it isn’t only about cutting expenses through waste reduction and elimination. Yes, lower costs is certainly a by-product of …Continue reading →

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Example #2: Save Teams Over $1M in 2012 TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the second in a series about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and the benefits they provide.) So this S.M.A.R.T. goal is less an example and more about the actual mission …Continue reading →

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