Jakob Nielsen on Agile/Lean

Today’s Alertbox on discusses how Agile software development is improving the focus on user experiences, and provides summary data showing the internal organizational satisfaction with the methodology. Here’s the data: Project Methodology Integration of User Experience Satisfaction with the Method Waterfall 2.5 2.9 Agile 3.1 3.7 Iterative 3.2 3.8 What is this saying?  Responses [...]

By | 2009-11-04T14:00:00+00:00 November 4th, 2009|Technology|0 Comments

Need a robust process? How about starting with a checklist

robust [roh-buhst]: strongly or stoutly built. checklist [chek-list]: a list of items. Struggling to create a process that produces a quality end product every time? Something as simple as a checklist may be your starting point.  It apparently has worked for hotels.  If you’ve heard about Peter Pronovost, then you’ll know the value it has [...]

By | 2009-10-22T12:04:54+00:00 October 22nd, 2009|Information Management|2 Comments

More Lean in Iowa Government

Is Iowa the only state with a concerted, identified effort to improved quality, cost, and service, even having a “Lean Day Proclomation”?  Just read a post from Jamie Flinchbaugh on Mark Graban’s blog.  Jamie will be speaking at the Lean Government Exchange in June in Des Moines, IA.  Glad to see Iowa government continuing to [...]

By | 2009-04-20T10:35:46+00:00 April 20th, 2009|Government, People|0 Comments

Things are looking up: a Friday roundup

Seems to me that “Depression 2.0” never happened, and probably isn’t likely to. On the Forbes DigitalRules blog, Twenty Reasons for Optimism. On the Value Acceleration blog, Mitch has noticed busy airports and cities. And what’s fueling the turn around?  Innovative people like Jeremy Parker, who’s story is told on Mark Cuban’s blog. I like [...]

By | 2009-03-20T15:01:28+00:00 March 20th, 2009|Business, People|0 Comments

Problem Solving 101

Dan Roam of "The Back of the Napkin Blog" discusses a new book on his blog called Problem Solving 101 by Ken Watanabe.  The book was originally written in Japanese, but after great success in Japan there is now an English version selling in the US.  Here's a brief snippet from the book's web site: [...]

By | 2009-03-11T08:47:09+00:00 March 11th, 2009|Books, Business, Fun, People|0 Comments

Lean learning, JIT education, or trial by fire

Was reading Jim Womack's latest newsletter yesterday from LEI (linked newsletter content is blank right now, there was a snafu sending out email newsletter also, will probably be fixed later).  In it he discusses the challenge of developing lean leaders, both in the "real world" and through the education system. Where do the lean managers [...]

By | 2009-01-23T12:27:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2009|Life, People|0 Comments

Lean operations is like wingsuit base jumping

What?!  Yeah, okay, maybe it's a stretch.  But bear with me.  Maybe I was desperately searching for a way to include this cool video, but if nothing else, you'll get to see a really cool video. wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo. In lean manufacturing, people talk about "lowering the water level" by minimizing [...]

By | 2009-01-22T11:50:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2009|Fun, Manufacturing|0 Comments