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There’s a shift under way from lean tools to lean tool users. Lean behaviors trump lean tools. It’s about time.

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Our brain is telling us something different about leadership.

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I get a lot of requests to review new books. I’m sitting on 5 books at this time. I try to read them in the order I receive them. I make exceptions for friends. I’m writing [...]

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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 current project is over so can’t benefit from what is said. The project team [...]

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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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Learn from the best lean design and construction professionals. The Lean Project Consulting Project Coaches are blogging

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Readers of Reforming Project Management select the top 42 dumb project management questions

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I still meet many project managers who just state that sharing a project vision (if ever there is one) is a waste of time and that the project team should just concentrate on what they are asked (told ?) to do. This always reminds me of my first project management courses, more than 30 years [...]

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Hi. I’m Alan Mossman, a consultant based in the UK. Hal has invited me to contribute occasional posts to RPM in the areas of design, safety and collaboration.
One of my profs at Uni, Stafford Beer, asserted “A system is what a system does”. So why would anyone create a system that in [...]

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Guest blogger Claude Emond

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Adopting lean approaches to project delivery require radical action. We know it can succeed. But, do we have the courage to jump into the cold water? There’s no other way.

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Herrero Contractors is currently the best of the lean contractors.

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Making the change to lean ways of doing projects requires breaking with the past. Re-tell the story of your enterprise to make the change.

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Nearly 20 years ago Robert Reich made a big claim: Americans can’t change who they are until they change the story of who they’ve been. His book, Tales of a New America detailed classical American stories: the rot at the top; the mob at the gate; the rise of the individual…

It’s only in changing [...]

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Why Don’t We Make the Lean Change?

by Hal on October 14, 2007

in leadership, lean

Is resistance getting in our way of adopting lean? Or, is it something bigger?

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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.

Long [...]

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Get inspired. Give your career a boost. Live a more interesting life. Read Rules for Renegades.

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Boston Globe takes construction industry to task for poor management.

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Is Toyota paranoid? They are according to BW. Staying Paranoid at Toyota, BW July 2, 2007 claims Toyota has become paranoid. They point to the following quote by Katsuaki Watanabe, Toyota President:
“The scariest symptom of ‘big-company disease’ is that complacency will breed.”

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Learn to us the 12 actions mastered by 70 highly successful people.

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How to Hire Project Talent

by Hal on May 31, 2007

in leadership, teams, training

No need to hire project talent. Hire for attitude. You can teach the rest.

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Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer makes a strong case that deadlines are the friend of accomplishment.

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

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Vince Lombardi was wrong when he said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Do I have your attention? That’s how Seth Godin opened his presentation this morning in Philadelphia. It’s the first stop on his book tour to promote The Dip. I’ve been asked many times, “Why does a project [...]

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