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Yammer removes the friction in company-wide collaboration.

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Add a project blog for more team collaboration.

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Project performance reviews are dead; long live performance reviews. A standard practice on projects is to conduct a lessons learned (post mortem) at the end of a project. In my opinion it doesn’t produce much value. The [...]

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Matthew May has another hit book. In Pursuit of Elegance, Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing challenges conventional wisdom of good design.

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Project Kaizen Reading

by Hal on April 30, 2009

in agile, books, innovation, kaizen, lean

Adopt the “no satisfaction” approach that has made Toyota far more successful that others. Read about kaizen.

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Have Project? Get Yammer

by Hal on April 20, 2009

in collaboration, innovation

Every once in awhile technology helps, really helps. Yammer helps people doing projects.

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Every now and then along comes a surprise, something you wouldn’t say, but now that someone has said it, makes all the sense in the world. The Think Big Manifesto is one of those surprises. It’s a small book. Quick read. While it’s a timely message for today’s economic and political [...]

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Make innovation an everyday event

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Sustainable design of the built environment depends on adjusting — maybe overhauling — our design practices. Target-Value Design might just be that approach.

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It’s time manufacturers acquired their facilities on a lean basis. They now can with lean design and construction.

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I’ve been a long-time reader of Business 2.0. Good writing, timely articles, and clever presentation made this magazine great. Unfortunately, my view has been in the minority. Circulation has fallen steadily along with ad pages. A magazine can’t keep publishing with that trend even when it is owned by Time, Inc.

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Use a visual approach for conveying project plans. Try mind mapping.

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QnEK, It’s a Community

by Hal on July 31, 2007

in innovation, kaizen, lean

The Quick-n-Easy-Kaizen community is spinning. See what’s going on.

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There is such an urge to get our projects right. Not approximately right. Right, as “Do it right the first time.” Projects are not like that, especially design projects. Norman Bodek has been speaking about two principal ways we learn: copying the successful actions of others and making mistakes. If [...]

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Face your demons. Embrace the dip. Choose mastery. Seth Godin encourages you to get serious.

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Innovation can seem like such a big idea…just out of the reach of every person on your team. Matthew May wrote a book and a ChangeThis manifesto of the same name where he shares another of “Toyota’s (lean) secrets.” Everyday innovation is not only available to every team, it is the skill and [...]

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Industrial production of housing is taking off in Sweden based on lean construction approaches

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Toyota’s Innovation Factory

by Hal on October 22, 2006

in innovation, lean

Toyota is hot. Innovation and learning add to their production system.

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Encourage your team members to wonder. But, make sure you listen and get ready to act. Read about Wal-Mart-Mart’s project to reduce carbon emissions.

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IGLC-14: People and Cultural Issues

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Best-Value Bids at Risk in PA

by Hal on November 3, 2005

in construction, innovation

Best-value bidding is on a roll. But the ABC of PA is intent to stop the momentum. I’ve got my money on PA. Read on…

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Tom Peters is circling the globe on speaking engagements. What is he doing? Read on…

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Trust, trustworthiness, and trusting are all critical behaviors in the project setting. Dennis Hamilton has taken up the challenge of nvestigating what it will take to produce trust in open systems software. The general implications for projects has my head spinning…

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What Do We Mean by Lean?

by Hal on November 12, 2004

in commentary, innovation, lean

After a handful of reader comments and another handful of reader emails I’ve decided I need to comment further on Wednesday’s posting Innovation and Lean Go Hand-in-Glove. I wrote it in response to Joyce Wycoff’s Do Less, Have More appearing in her weblog Good Morning Thinkers! Joyce argued for more slack time so [...]

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99 (Purple) Cows

by Hal on May 9, 2003

in books, innovation, leadership

Here’s a treat for the weekend. Seth Godin published his book Purple Cows yesterday. It’s a book about setting yourself apart. Seth says “Be reamarkable!” To coincide with the publishing of the book he wrote an ebook of purple cow examples — remakable people and companies. You can get it [...]

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