Tag: TPS

Real World Kaizen in Action

Real World Kaizen in Action

In October 2012 Superstorm Sandy hit New York City.  The results are still being felt today.  Relief agencies struggled to keep up with the demand for food.  Six months later, people in Rockaways are still hungry.  Toyota will donate up to 1 million meals, if you watch this video.  You’ll learn about things like Kaizen,…

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Don’t be a Lumbergh

Don’t be a Lumbergh

I’m plugging away on my presentation “Breaking the Law of Bureaucracy” for the upcoming Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference. Though I know I should be focusing on how to break this law, I can’t help but think of the organizational bureaucracies we all deal with.  Two types of people within our organizations come to mind, the…

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Mura Muri Muda

Mura Muri Muda

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and listen to Jeff Sutherland a few days ago. For those who do not know who Jeff is, he and Ken Schwaber created Scrum.  It was really quite amazing to listen to him speak.  The topic of the talk was Using Scrum to avoid bad CMMI implementations. Scrum…

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TPS Report

TPS Report

After my little diatribe titled “Project Management Theater” I had a few days to think about the less than stellar status report provided by the vendor to my customer.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized the vendor did nothing to meet the unique customer needs.  The attitude was Well, you asked for a status report.…

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Why Ask Why

Why Ask Why

Before you spend the next week, redesigning the TPS report, you need to stop and ask yourself a simple question. Why? Why are you doing it?   If you can not map the task back to a stakeholder or customer objective/requirement (goal) you better stop now.  Some people call this gold-plating.  Additionally if you can not…

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Free Total Project Status Report Template

Free Total Project Status Report Template

As I study the collection and reporting of metrics and project statuses, I find many reports just do not deliver what they should. I believe there should be a stand-alone deliverable that a project manager is able to provide to a stakeholder at any time, illustrating the total project status.  I created a report and…

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