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17 Jul Who Needs a Stinking Charter?

You do if you are a project leader. I know that creating a project charter can be a little bit of a pain and it may seem tedious, but it really is the first step to a successful project. We discussed a basic structure for Kaizen events in a previous post titled “Kaizen is not Japanese for free lunch”. Periodically, I plan to revisit this topic and discuss various components of a successful Kaizen. Depending on the response we get, we may accelerate the discussion or drop it, so be sure to let us know what you think.

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17 Jul Lean Office Waste #3: Handoffs (Part 1)

Birds do it. Bees do it. You do it almost everyday, especially in the office! I’m referring, of course, to handoffs – the act of turning over tasks, information, data, documents, forms, material goods, etc. to a colleague, group, department, etc. Unfortunately, for something that is such an embedded part of our process, the simple fact is that handoffs are a source of immense waste.

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17 Jul Planning is Not a Dirty Word

Planning can be drudgery, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, if we involve the team (particularly for Kaizen events), it can be used as a time to educate, train and involve those that will ultimately be involved in the changes. Since we have been discussing Kaizen events lately, I would like to discuss Kaizen Event Planning...

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12 Jul Select a Great Team or Suffer the Consequences

If you read this title and were immediately reminded of that ONE miserable project with a bad team (or team member), then you will probably be responding to this post. But, this post isn’t about bad team members or how to avoid them. Instead, it is about how to select a group of people that can fill the roles required by a project’s scope (be sure you read the post: Kaizen is not Japanese for Free Lunch) effectively and increase the probability of success.

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