Despite a relatively long history and plenty of literature on the subject, project management keeps failing to consistently deliver on time and within costs. The usual suspects for these failures are called uncertainties, that ever growing safety margins are unable to absorb. >Lisez moi en français : Performance en mode projet et oubli de tâches Surprisingly, a … Continue reading Project execution performance and the forgotten tasks
In the first post of this series the focus was much about waste of human potential, that comes in many forms. In this second part reviews the 7 others wastes, first uncovered in manufacturing and later translated into office work. Office work isn’t as much prescribed in work instructions and standards as the work in … Continue reading Lean: Waste in office work – part 2
When Lean principles got popular and begun to spread out of the manufacturing shop floor, the original 7 types of waste were translated into their equivalent in office environment. Yet office work is less standardized than manufacturing, offering people more freedom to organize themselves. Compared to precisely prescribed execution and streamlined operations in manufacturing, synchronized … Continue reading Lean: Waste in office work – part 1
At the moment of writing these lines, the year has 5 more days to go until 2019 and complete its fifth year of existence. The 2018 counter of views shows 89,670, a 16.5% increase compared to previous year, thanks to 53,430 visitors. A still modest score, but I am working on it. I managed to … Continue reading 2018: one year of blogging in retrospect
It happens almost every time I facilitate a Goal Tree building seminar: Tree builders rush to the post-its and start writing down their ideas as it was a brainstorming. Hold on! Building a Goal Tree is a logical analysis, certainly not a brainstorming! A Goal Tree is built with a logical analysis A Goal Tree … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – A logical analysis, not a brainstorming
I use to say that one of the benefits of the Goal Tree is to provide a project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to roll out the project, or the Goal Tree to be used ahead of a new project planning to ensure that no step was forgotten. With experience accumulating, I can confirm this to … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – From Goal Tree to project WBS. Yes but.
It happened again, I have met one more Lean Manager explaining that he/she was appointed to this position to manage a Lean program rollout, and this Lean program is essentially reinvigorating 5S. There has been a real inflation of Lean Managers in France lately. With so many of them flowing into the companies, France’s world … Continue reading Lean = 5S, again.
It happens almost every time, I facilitate the building of a Goal Tree, bring the group of Tree builders to build the Tree which is the roadmap and benchmark altogether for reaching the organization’s Goal, and when we color this Tree to assess where the organization currently stands, the Goal Tree is depressingly amber and … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Where to start when almost all Prerequisites are missing?
Established companies as well as startups too often underestimate the value of reusable knowledge, fail to capture it, to secure it and to share it. “Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door” is the title of an October 2018 IndustryWeek article by Norbert Majerus urging companies to “Take steps to gather and share your employees' expertise … Continue reading Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window
This post is inspired by an article titles “Future Factory: How Technology Is Transforming Manufacturing“, published April 8, 2018 on https://www.cbinsights.com https://www.cbinsights.com/research/future-factory-manufacturing-tech-trends/ Until recently, when factories were called black boxes, it meant that flows, processes or operations were so difficult to understand that they appeared like “black boxes” in which the magic simply happened. Or … Continue reading Factories of the future may be black boxes, because they need no lighting.