5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree when considering changing your job

Your current job sucks or you're stuck in your career? Before rushing to the next best job you may benefit from a rational analysis of your ambition and your current situation building a Goal Tree. Here are 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree when considering changing your job: Get clarity about what you … Continue reading 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree when considering changing your job

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Why your digital transformation may well start with brown paper and sticky notes

Call it digital transformation, smart factory, IioT or industry 4.0, your high-tech company transformation program may well require mundane brown paper and sticky notes at the very beginning. A random collection of Proofs of Concept does not make a transformation program It is a lesson learned over and over, a transformation program is not a … Continue reading Why your digital transformation may well start with brown paper and sticky notes

Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills – Step by step tutorial

Industry 4.0 enthusiasts are usually passionate promoters but terrible logical thinkers. That's happy for me because they keep supplying me with critical thinking training material, like this quote I used in my video tutorial. The quote goes: "Industry 4.0 provides real-time data analysis so that our teams can correct any drifts and prevent failures immediately, … Continue reading Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills – Step by step tutorial

Use Learning to Engage Your Team

I’ve changed job in March 2019 and shortly after came across this Harvard Business Review Podcast posted one year earlier, titled “Use Learning to Engage Your Team”. It resonated with me as it described pretty well what I was experiencing. Maybe something you should consider too, when changing job, hiring or on-boarding newcomers. This post … Continue reading Use Learning to Engage Your Team

Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

April 2019, in the corridors of our offices I picked a statement made by a young consultant about one of his clients: "It's a real mess in their warehouse, they do not manage storage and have no defined storage locations. They lose an incredible amount of time searching for goods. Introducing RFID tags would allow … Continue reading Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm

March 2019, eight years after its official launch and many experiments, Industry 4.0 is on the brink, looking at the chasm. For the concept Industry 4.0 to become reality, it has to move from a random collection of scattered Proofs of Concept to full-scale projects. It must convince a critical mass of decision makers, users … Continue reading Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm

The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems

The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems is the title of a december 04, 2018* episode of IdeaCast, the podcast from Harvard Business Review. In this episode, Curt Nickisch (HBR) interviews Corey Phelps, a strategy professor at McGill University and author. *I’ve listened the podcast in early April 2019 The interview on podcast and … Continue reading The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems

Industry 4.0 @home: riding a Cyber-Physical System

For many people, a Cyber-Physical System sounds like something from a science-fiction movie. For those familiar with Industry 4.0 and the smart factories, it should make sense as an integrated system combining sensors, embedded software and actuators. How about an everyday example to understand it the easy way? >Lisez cet article en français You may … Continue reading Industry 4.0 @home: riding a Cyber-Physical System

Lean 4.0: nothing but rebranding good old Lean Manufacturing?

Skeptics and critical thinkers (I count myself to the latter) may argue that Lean 4.0 is nothing more than a rebranding of good old Lean Manufacturing, and new opportunity to sell refurbished Lean Manufacturing training and consulting, boosted by the Industry 4.0 hype. You have no clue what Lean 4.0 is? Read my post: What … Continue reading Lean 4.0: nothing but rebranding good old Lean Manufacturing?

Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

In the hype of Industrie 4.0, many things have been rebranded 4.0 with the hope to appear modern, trendy, fashionable and up-to-date. At least in Western Europe. Note: in French and German, Industry is written industrie. Phonetically they are the same as in English. >Lisez cet article en français Probe your search engine and you’ll … Continue reading Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?