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We want to grow as professionals. We want our products to be better, our know-how to be deeper, our impact to be known and recognized. This is impossible without continuous improvement. I have met...
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In lean there is mura, the waste of unevenness. It’s probably the most important, but also most overlooked, in the waste theater. For knowledge work, unevenness primarily interrupts flow. It’s when...
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Respect is an abused word. Weak minds use it as a placeholder for fear. Weak egos will demand it up front. Weak hearts will use it to attach themselves to people of bluster, wishing they could be so...
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When we work together, which we all do, everything involves relationships. People request work from other people... that is a relationship. People take jobs that involve bosses and structure... those...
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We focus on the work, we focus on the teams, but we rarely focus on the individuals. What does an individual professional need to be fully engaged, enthusiastic, and ready to take on new challenges?...
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The strength of lean thinking and an agile mindset is that, at heart, they are both about continuous improvement. People want to, need to, improve. We need to get better at what we do, see increasing...
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Last night I sat down to watch something that would help me barbecue meat better: a two hour-long movie called Barbecue. Simply that, by Australians. I figured it would be about making succulent...
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Untitled Document From Dust Tracks on a Road, by Zora Neale Hurston (J. B. Lippincott, 1942) The quote in the picture from Zora Neale Hurston does not end there; it finishes, “It is a seeking...
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You feel like you need to prioritize. That is a cry for help. And prioritization isn’t the help you need. At this point, any act of prioritizing is a small bandage on a very large wound. You can, and...
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Stop asking, “Which tool should I use?” and start asking, “How can I work smarter?” When I was a young coder, I asked my mother, “What will I be?” Will I be Jira, Will I be Asana? Here’s what she...