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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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Should The NFL Be Worried About The Increase In Player Arrests? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Earlier this month I gave two presentations – one was an overview of Lean to a group of call center managers, and the other a deep dive into identifying proper …Continue reading →

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What Your #Mother Can Teach You About #Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out in the world – if it wasn’t for your mother, you wouldn’t be here to read this. It’s an understatement that my …Continue reading →

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Why Overpurchasing Is Wasteful TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s very easy to get caught up in volume discounts – buy more at one time or buy earlier, and we’ll give you a price break on each piece. It …Continue reading →

Daytona International Speedway and “Our Safety Protocols Worked” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Yesterday’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway was marred by a final lap pileup of cars sprinting to the finish line. One of those cars, driven by #34 Kyle …Continue reading →

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FMEA and College Basketball on Aircraft Carriers TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A really novel concept – a regular season college basketball game played between high-profile teams outdoors on an aircraft carrier – was introduced last season. It really couldn’t have gone …Continue reading →

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Lean Tools: Standardized Work and Best Practices TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s been a long time since I’ve jumped into describing the Lean tools – I broke away to focus on the 14 principles of The Toyota Way, because they were …Continue reading →

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Lean is Safety TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | First, let’s understand the concept of safety. Safety is defined as “relative freedom from danger, risk, or threat of harm, injury, or loss to personnel and/or property, whether caused deliberately or by accident” as per BusinessDictionary.com. So being in a safe situation …Continue reading →

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Football Fans Falling from Stadium Upper Decks TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The 2012 football season was barely a week old when two fatal falls from stadium upper decks took place. First, a fan fell from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium …Continue reading →

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College Football Rule Changes and PDSA TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Recently I wrote about the lack of PDCA – the continuous improvement framework of Plan-Do-Check-Act – and how it affects college football teams because they don’t have the luxury of …Continue reading →

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The Melky Cabrera Suspension and Why Continuous Improvement Principles Matter TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | When I first started to write about lean and continuous improvement applications in sports, I was more focused on the business operations – ticket sales, concessions, stadium upkeep, equipment manufacturers, …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 →

Troy Polamalu, NFL, Concussions, and Cheating the System TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The NFL is currently in the midst of a large lawsuit on behalf of retired players who are suing the league for health-related issues caused by on-field concussions during their …Continue reading →

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