Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on December 20, 2010 · 2 comments

Each year, as led by John Hunter, many of the lean bloggers contribute to the Carnival Annual Roundup. Last year I reviewed three bloggers, and Jon Miller reviewed mine. This year I will be reviewing four bloggers, one each day until Thursday.

Today I am starting the man who started all of this community collaboration, John Hunter’s Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog. John blogs about Dr. Deming, lean, innovation, and generally all things continuous improvement related.


John clearly blogs because he loves sharing, learning, and generally contributing to the conversation. His topics are wide and varied, from customer focus to executive pay.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorites that I would like to share with you:

How to Get a New Management Strategy, Tool, or Concept Adopted offers a fairly straightforward view on change strategy.

As a frequent air traveler (OK, frequent is an understatement), Airport Security with Lean Management Principles interests me. Having made several trips to Israel, I believe it’s not as efficient as it’s made out to be. However, everything there has a purpose, which is the real contrast to the system in the U.S.

I’m a firm believer that you can’t measure everything. Much more decision making, improvement, and direction-setting happens outside the purview of measurement. I read with interest How to Manage What You Can’t Measure . It even includes a link to a LinkedIn discussion on the same topic.

Problems with Student Evaluations as Measures of Teacher Performance both relates to the very clearly stated title, but also points to problems where doing the right thing might make others lives more difficult. We can’t always take the customer’s word as feedback.

Like many of us, John also added his own unique perspective to Toyota’s problems earlier this year with Toyota Stops Lines- Lots of Lines.

And of course, these Annual Roundups are born out of the Management Improvement Carnival that John started. You can see all of them tagged here.

I hope you’ll check out John’s blog. And return tomorrow where I’ll review Karen Wilhelm’s Lean Reflections.

1 Karen Wilhelm December 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

Curious Cat’s blog has so many resources and even other blogs contained within the whole site, so people should explore. John has an amazing grasp of the Deming philosophy + lean and I think lives and breathes it. He’s also a great guy and has helped me with my blog and other work numerous times.

2 RalfLippold December 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Glad to be connected with the Curious Cat’s blog as well. Reading the different blogs which focus on various key issues or passions of its writers combines into a rich field of knowledge around the field – creating the future with less resources!

Wish you all a good time and a Merry Xmas.

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