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Manage projects for learning while coping with uncertainty

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What Is Going on with Toyota

by Hal on February 8, 2010

in lean

Business intelligence software might save Toyota. Let’s hope that is the case.

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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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Few things are more important than learning from near-misses to improve safety.

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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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Only a change in mindset and behaviors produces a lean project.

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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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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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Use checklists in design projects to engage people more fully.

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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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The tough worldwide economy requires attention to delivering high value to our clients. Read Clarke Ching’s “Rocks into Gold” to see what you can do to take care of your clients while keeping your company viable.

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We have more to learn from Toyota than there is time to do so

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Getting Lean at Amazon

by Hal on November 14, 2008

in books, lean

Lean solution at Amazon

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As a bailout of American Auto looms, let’s reconsider Womack’s advice

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Claude Emonde introduces fundamentals of lean project management

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Over at NWLean there’s been quite a riff on the 8th waste. Eventually, the contributors concluded that recreating knowledge is the one true 8th waste. While it’s hard to argue with any of the writers’ arguments, getting at the roots of that waste is where we can begin to take effective action.
Waste in [...]

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Make innovation an everyday event

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I won’t bore you with all the references to how multi-tasking produces waste. But do understand, the company policy to have very high utilization of staff creates the requirement for multi-tasking. Full utilization is not sustainable. Until you can lower utilization, thereby creating slack, you won’t be learning and innovating. You [...]

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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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“Project Quality Management must address the management of the project and the product of the project”
(p.180, PMBoK, 3rd edition)
In an earlier blog entry, I presented the Nine Wastes of Mismanaged Projects, according to Lean Project Management gurus (Howell, Macomber, Koskela, Bodek). I said then that I saw a 10th waste adversely affecting project success: Not [...]

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

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The master of the Toyota Production System shares his secret to kaizen. Read Shingo’s new book, Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking.

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Herrero Contractors is currently the best of the lean contractors.

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