Apr 202017
 

Agile Project Management with Kanban

Agile Project Management with Kanban presentation approximately one hour long.  Very good video.  Kanban is a scheduling system for just in time (JIT) and lean manufacturing.  Great video for anyone in supply chain or manufacturing.

Eric Brechner: “Agile Project Management with Kanban” | Talks at Google

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Kanban Quotes

  • “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” ~ Chinese Proverb
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.” ~ Aristotle
  • “A bad system will beat a good person every time”. ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Are you too busy for improvement? Frequently, I am rebuffed by people who say they are too busy and have no time for such activities. I make it a point to respond by telling people, look, you’ll stop being busy either when you die or when the company goes bankrupt.” ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “There are three kinds of leaders. Those that tell you what to do. Those that allow you to do what you want. And Lean leaders that come down to the work and help you figure it out.” ~ John Shook
  • “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ~ Peter Drucker
  • “Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS (Toyota Production System) tools. But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner–not in spurts–in a concrete way on the shop floor.” ~ Fujio Cho, President, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • “Today’s standardization…is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow’s improvements will be based. If you think “standardization” as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow – you get somewhere. But if you think of standards as confining, then progress stops.” ~ Henry Ford

Agile Project Management with Kanban

 

Mar 022017
 

Disruptive Innovation Explained

Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School professor discusses his landmark theory.

Supply Chain Information.

Innovation Quotes

  • “The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  • “A disruptive innovation is a technologically simple innovation in the form of a product, service, or business model that takes root in a tier of the market that is unattractive to the established leaders in an industry.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  • “The evolving social and digital media platforms and highly innovative and relevant payment capabilities are causing seismic changes in consumer behavior and creating equally disruptive opportunities for business.” ~ Howard Schultz
  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin
  • “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “I don’t feel that this concept of disruptive technology is the solution for everybody. But I think it’s very important for innovators to understand what we’ve learned about established companies’ motivation to target obvious profitable markets – and about their inability to find emerging ones. The evidence is just overwhelming.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  • “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.” ~ Steve Jobs

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disruptive innovation

 

Mar 012017
 

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels…

  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

Other Videos you may find interesting:

 

  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “I appreciate that, but maybe you’re looking out for your interests just a little bit more. I mean you shouldn’t be asking people to come down here and pay the freight on something they paid, it still ain’t good enough, I mean you think that’s right? I mean maybe you’re doing your job but why you gotta stop me from doing mine? Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.”  ~ Rocky
Oct 072016
 

What is Blue Ocean Strategy?

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  • “The natural strategic orientation of many companies is toward retaining existing customers and seeking further segmentation opportunities. This is especially true in the face of competitive pressure. Although this might be a good way to gain a focused competitive advantage and increase share of the existing market space, it is not likely to produce a blue ocean that expands the market and creates new demand.”  ~ W. Chan Kim, Blue Ocean Strategy
Jul 122016
 

Supply Chain Optimization

Supply Chain Optimization is key in making a supply chain organization more efficient and productive.  A company can use technology for optimization but don’t forget to improve processes as well.  Using technology to optimize processes may take awhile and will cost a significant amount of money.  Be sure to first look into ways to improve the current process by taking out wasted steps.  Also look into the process discipline of the organization so the information going into your supply chain system can be fully utilized for your supply chain optimization projects.

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Supply Chain Optimization Quotes

  • “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
  • “In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “For the blue-collar worker, the driving force behind change was factory automation using programmable machine tools. For the office worker, it’s office automation using computer technology: enterprise-resource-planning systems, groupware, intranets, extranets, expert systems, the Web, and e-commerce.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “The human being is a very poorly designed machine tool. The human being excels in coordination. He excels in relating perception to action. He works best if the entire human being, muscles, senses, and mind, is engaged in the work.”
    ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “In Japan, a company worker’s position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement. W. Edwards Deming
  • “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new – and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.”  ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • “Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth – but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?”  ~ Robert Kennedy
  • “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”  ~ Louis Gerstner, fromer CEO of IBM

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Jul 072016
 

Programming your mind for success

Success Quotes – Programming your mind for success

  • “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody.” ~ Herbert B. Swope
  • “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” ~ Albert Ellis
  • “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  • “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”  ~ Ray Goforth
  • “Action is the foundational key to all success.”  ~ Pablo Picasso
  • “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”  ~ Calvin Coolidge
  • “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  • “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”  ~ Albert Einstein
  • “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”  ~ Tony Robbins

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Programming your mind for success

May 262016
 

Lean Transformation Model

John Shook Explains the Lean Transformation Model.

Quotes pertaining to Lean and Six Sigma

  • “Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat?” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “Managers will try anything easy that doesn’t work before they will try anything hard that does work.” ~ Jim Womack
  • “Real waste lurks in places that don’t look like waste.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Observing many companies in action, I am unable to point to a single instance in which stunning results were gotten without the active and personal leadership of the upper managers.” ~ Joseph M. Juran
  • “Unless people’s motion add value they are useless toward the goal.” ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.” ~ Henry Ford
  • “Quality depends on good data. It also depends on executive leadership in using that data.”  ~ Juran Institute, Inc.
  • “Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.”  ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

Lean Transformation Model

Apr 202016
 

Innovation Secrets

Steve Jobs was a master at innovation.  How would life be without smart phones?  🙂

  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you’ve found it.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”  ~ Lee Iacocca
  • “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”  ~ Michelangelo
  • “Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”   ~ Thomas Edison

Dreams come true supply chain

Apr 122016
 

Innovation – Guy Kawasaki

Innovation is key with any business. Also key in your career as well. With the way technology is easily available to all of us no one should say that they can’t be innovative. We are innovative everyday. Sometimes it is just difficult to see if you don’t take a look at yourself.

Guy Kawasaki is a great speaker and has numerous videos out there. Would encourage people to check them out.

  • “Great companies start because the founders want to change the world… not make a fast buck.”  ~ Guy Kawasaki
  • “Want to change the world? Upset the status quo? This takes more than run-of-the-mill relationships. You need to make people dream the same dream that you do.”  ~ Guy Kawasaki
  • “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”   ~ General George Patton
  • “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”     ~ Wayne Gretzky