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Around The Bases: NFL Draft Jerseys Edition TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The NFL Draft and Nike came up with a neat concept in 2012 – a way to present each first round draft pick at the Draft in New York with …Continue reading →

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Agile Development and MLB Instant Replay TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Earlier this season Major League Baseball announced a planned expansion of instant replay use, similar to concepts applied in college football and the NFL, with the intent of improving the …Continue reading →

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What Professional Wrestling Can Teach Us About Performance Optimization TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Recently I attended a professional wrestling event for the first time ever – WWE Smackdown at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina. I am not a wrestling fan by …Continue reading →

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San Francisco Giants Bobbleheads and Benefits of Supply Meeting Demand TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | CSN Bay Area columnist Andrew Baggarly reports some pretty good news for fans of bobbleheads, the San Francisco Giants, and both bobbleheads and the San Francisco Giants: the team is …Continue reading →

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The Chicken Wing Shortage and Super Bowl Week TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | There is a rumor, as seems to be every year for Super Bowl week, that we are suffering from a shortage of chicken wings. While it’s apparently true that the …Continue reading →

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The Toyota Way Principles and Small Business TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We’ve finally gotten through all 14 Toyota Way principles¬†and what each of them can mean for business operations. But putting them all together can be a challenge, but certainly one …Continue reading →

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Long Lead Times on Johnny Football Texas A&M Jerseys TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Texas A&M’s redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has certainly earned his nickname “Johnny Football” for both his passing and running abilities in leading his school to a solid season of …Continue reading →

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Panera Bread Coffee, Visual Management, and Reduced Motion TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Here’s an opportunity for Panera Bread to implement a slight change to their “equipment” in order to better serve the customers and the operators. The typical Panera Bread coffee customization …Continue reading →

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Future State? Blow Up the Current State. TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Sometimes when we look to create an ideal future state of a process or situation, we are so heavily anchored in the non-ideal current state that our biases and familiarity …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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Lean Oops! Random Stuff on the Internet TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So from time to time I check out reddit.com, the “Front Page of the Internet.” A community of readers and commenters post interesting (and mostly funny) things they find around …Continue reading →

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Stuff I’m Reading – August 8, 2012 TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | There are ample opportunities for performance improvement in sports business and small business operations that I simply can’t get to it all as issues occur day after day. In addition, …Continue reading →

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ESPN Outside the Lines: “What’s Lurking In Your Stadium Food?” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A couple years back ESPN’s Paula Lavigne came out with a startling report about some of the health department findings in various concession stands at major ballparks and stadiums across …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 →

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