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4 Keys to Making Innovation a Capability [Lessons from the Road]

07.31.2013

Is innovation born or built? I don’t know the answer as it applies to people. But as it applies to organizations, it’s built. My latest IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column, titled Making Innovation a Capability, focuses on building an innovative organization. There are key lean skills and mindset that help enable this. I focus […]

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The More of Do More with Less [Lessons from the Road]

04.25.2013

In the last installment of my Industry Week column, Lessons from the Road, I talked about waste elimination. In it, I also explained that the commonly used phrase “do more with less” is often perceived about being about the “less” when I believe truly lean organizations focus on the “more.” But how do we do […]

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Who is the customer for your internal quality audits?

04.07.2011

Last week I was in an automotive manufacturing plant (a very large one) helping to lead a quality systems assessment. It’s purpose is to give the client feedback of how they can improve their quality by improving their quality systems, and linking them more clearly with the voice of the customer. It is based on […]

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Keep Your Quality Filters Sacred

04.04.2011

[I have been off the blog for a little while, for which I apologize. Hopefully, my business has given me plenty of interested topics for you, which I hope to publish in a timely manner.] Last week I was working with one of our consulting partners on an assessment of a quality system. This was […]

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Answer Your Customers’ Questions

03.03.2011

Recently I had a problem with Delta. Delta treats me pretty well, in part because of my extensive travel to our clients, but this day had me annoyed. It was a small thing that turned into a bigger thing. I had an outbound flight in the morning, and a return leg in the evening. Even […]

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First Steps: Understanding Value

08.16.2010

As promised, this is our first video in the First Steps series I introduced last week. In our first video where we look for 15 minute investments in our own personal lean journeys. This installment focuses on how you can get closer to your customers inside the organization and understand value more clearly. [viddler id-abe5a62a […]

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For Startups, How Much Process Is Too Much?

03.26.2010

Eric Ries, author of the StartupLessonsLearned.com blog, has been speaking and writing about lean startups. His particular focus is on software startups, and perhaps even more focused on those that are web-based and broadly distributed products. However, his thoughts on how to use lean principles such as experimentation, structure, and rapid learning in a startup […]

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Take Customer Feedback Seriously

02.26.2010

Plenty of companies say the focus on the customer. Many of them say they want customer feedback.   But few post unfiltered, real-time customer feedback on the front-page of their website where everyone can see it, whether good or bad. CustomInk.com can say that. Here’s just the latest feedback as an example. Of course, you see […]

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