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On Creativity and Management

Creativity is vaguely defined on purpose. Too rigid of a definition would deflate the meaning entirely. Similarly, management is a loosely defined title (or set of responsibilities) within most companies. It follows, then, that the creative manager, one who can accomplish intended goals in non-obvious ways, is not going to have a single playbook that…

Don’t Automate Yet.

It’s better to understand and eliminate than automate that which does not need to be automated.

Create a Skunk Team

Excerpt from The Pocket Guide to Making Stuff Better When an organization gets large, it often, by necessity, becomes bogged down by the requirements to keep itself moving. Too much red tape, too many people to talk to, or too many layers of control slow down the progress that could be made. To combat the…

Seven Deadly Wastes

Taiichi Ohno defined the seven biggest sources of waste as an engineer at Toyota more than 40 years ago. These wastes were responsible be for the majority of issues that arose in the business. These wastes still cause time, money, and resources to be used poorly today. When it’s time to increase margins, lower costs,…

An intro to Lean Organizations

The term lean was coined in a 1988 article titled Triumph of the Lean Production System, written by John Krafcik. Lean, being a reference to having no fat, or nothing extra, is a methodology that aims to improve the output of a process by removing waste (or muda in Japanese). In the context of lean,…

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