Play big on small data

This weird title “Play big on small data” suggests the utilization of big data principles on small data sets. “Small” is to be considered relatively to huge amount of data big data can manage, which is not necessarily only a handful. I came across big data with former colleagues who were IT experts and got … Continue reading Play big on small data

Trouble with manual data capture

Asking people to fill out forms in order to monitor performance, track a phenomenon or try to gather data for problem solving, too often leads to trouble when data is ultimately collected and analysed. The case is about manual data capture into paper forms and logbooks on production lines. A precious source of information for … Continue reading Trouble with manual data capture

Why Big data may supersede Six Sigma

In this post, I assume in near future correlation will be more important than causation* for decision-making, decisions will have to be made according to “incomplete, good enough” information rather than solid analyses, thus big data superseding Six Sigma. *See my post “my takeaways from Big data” on this subject In a world with increasing … Continue reading Why Big data may supersede Six Sigma

My Takeaways from Big data, the book

I got my first explanations about Big Data from experts who were my colleagues for a time. These passionate IT guys, surely very knowledgeable about their trade, were not always good about passing somewhat complex concepts in a simple manner to non-specialists. Yet they did well enough to raise my interest to know a bit … Continue reading My Takeaways from Big data, the book

What is an Executive Summary Tree?

An Executive Summary Tree is not another type of tree in the Thinking Processes tool box, but a concise, condensed form of a Current Reality Tree or Future Reality Tree for presentation to executives. Bill Dettmer got used to make short, concise briefings to general officers in his career in the military. Their civilian counterparts, … Continue reading What is an Executive Summary Tree?

(At least) three reasons why you should not run your business with superheroes

Since I came across the quote of Fujio Cho* (Toyota chairman) about broken processes requiring extraordinary people, I keep wondering how many of the businesses I see are relying on superheroes. Superheroes are wonderwomen and supermen, those skilled and highly dedicated people who run processes or whole businesses ordinary people would not be able or … Continue reading (At least) three reasons why you should not run your business with superheroes

Four good reasons to take a break if you are to remain efficient

Deep involvement in a project, problem solving or coaching really drains one's energy. A periodic break is therefore mandatory in order to remain efficient. Here are four good reasons for it. 1. Recharge Everyone needs a breather now and then. The tenser the situation, the more the break is needed. Getting away some time from … Continue reading Four good reasons to take a break if you are to remain efficient

One hour of Theory of Constraints experience, first hand

I was fortunate to "participate" in Philip Marris' interview by Clarke Ching for Clarke's podcast series. While making sure all the video and sound was properly taped, I listened to the talk. Latter, editing the video, I had more listening. Now that Clarke made the video public, it's time to share: Clarke chats with Philip … Continue reading One hour of Theory of Constraints experience, first hand