July 2014 – This blog is 6 months old

I started this blog on January 5th, 2014 to broaden my audience from the French-reading to the whole world by publishing English-only posts. On June 30th, 181 days later, 109 posts are online, nearly one every two days, a way to measure my willingness and pleasure to share. Besides posting in English on this blog, … Continue reading July 2014 – This blog is 6 months old

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Pareto: chop off the head or trim the tail?

A Pareto chart is an ordered histogram where the few categories with highest occurrences are on the left side (the head), and the many categories with few occurrences are on the right side (the tail). A Pareto chart is used to discriminate the vital few from trivial many, especially if the distribution complies to the … Continue reading Pareto: chop off the head or trim the tail?

Beyond disengaged: actively disengaged

Disengaged employees are passionless and unmotivated about their job. They are at the lowest level for both own satisfaction and contribution to the organization’s goal / performance. >Lisez cet article en français There is another category known as “actively disengaged” that goes beyond the disengaged. Those employee are unhappy and unproductive at work and have … Continue reading Beyond disengaged: actively disengaged

Bottleneck explained with water pipes

Among the analogies used to explain the concept of bottleneck resource, core of the Theory of Constraints in operations and manufacturing, the pipes of a hydraulic system is a classic one. >lisez cet article en français Here is a hydraulic system made of a succession of pipes of different diameters. The throughput of this hydraulic … Continue reading Bottleneck explained with water pipes

Will 3D printing revitalize strategic analysis?

It seems to me that in the last decades strategic analysis focused mainly on monitoring new entrants from low-cost countries, struggling with competitors and entering emerging countries’ markets. Compared to Michael Porter’s model of five forces, the above takes care about two at best; Threat of new entrants and intensity of competitive rivalry. Reminder of … Continue reading Will 3D printing revitalize strategic analysis?

Michael Porter’s five forces (video)

In several past posts related to additive manufacturing / 3D printing I mentioned Michael Porter’s five forces model, its real name being The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy. In this post, I pay credit to Mr Porter and let himself explain what the five forces are. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYF2_FBCvXw You may also like a brief video … Continue reading Michael Porter’s five forces (video)

How lean can help shaping the future – Value Stream Design

When thinking about planning or shaping the future, most people believe it requires very complicated means, software or science. The reality is deceivingly simple as it takes pens, paper and analytical skills. Therefore when it comes to answer the question “How lean can help shaping the future”, the simplest and most common way is when … Continue reading How lean can help shaping the future – Value Stream Design

Lean in the digital age: free apps

Lean-educated people will consider value as something a customer is ready to pay for because the product or service has some value from his/her point of view. Lean-educated people will consider to use just-needed resources and avoid unnecessary storage. But what about free or almost free apps for smartphones and tablets? Do the Lean principles … Continue reading Lean in the digital age: free apps

Can 5S survive big data?

5S are meant to be the foundations of operational excellence as no efficient work is imaginable in a messy, dirty and unsuitable-for-quality environment. This is long proven in the “physical world” and until recently transposable into the virtual world of digital information. In short, 5S is a framework for sorting, organizing, tidying, set housekeeping and … Continue reading Can 5S survive big data?