Category Archives: Improvement, Continuous or Not

Learning about improvment projects

Change Management… Under the Gun (Part II of III)


In our last article, we discussed gun culture and history, trying to understand how the gun became such a powerful symbol of America. Today, we will look beyond the numbers behind gun violence, to identify specific opportunities to lower gun … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Rule The Bizarro World!


When you manage projects, a big part of your effectiveness is derived from common knowledge and a database, not necessarily a formal database, of what works and what doesn’t. In the last decade, everyone in a corporation “knows” certain basic … Continue reading

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Jamie Dimon Needs A Good Project Manager!


A few blogs ago we talked about how undisclosed risk in any operation or project can completely change the game. What used to be the right choice may now the wrong one, when you don’t know the whole story. The … Continue reading

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Money Laundering… The Vatican Connection


A lot of people were very confused when the Pope’s butler was arrested, and told it had to do the growing scandal at the Vatican Bank. Some said, “How does a butler have anything to do with Banking?”; others said, … Continue reading

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The General Electric Turnaround: Why We Can’t All Be Jack Welch!


Jack Welch is perhaps the world’s best known improvement guru. His transformation of GE not only took genius, it took guts and determination to convince a company that was doing pretty darn well that it had to do better. Not … Continue reading

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PMO Basics: Building Your Lessons Learned File


Ask different project managers and get different reasons why project management and the PMO is important. For me, communication provides PM’s greatest value, and building a lessons learned file is one of the most valuable (and overlooked) communications practices. Project … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Massive Savings Hidden In Documents


Today’s best solution often cause tomorrow’s biggest problem. Consider the baby diaper, the humble nappy. Pampers, the first practical disposable diaper, was introduced in 1961. Like any new product it was a less than perfect solution. They used wood pulp … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: How To Smartsource Outsourcing Programs


In the last blog, we discussed the limits of cost based outsourcing: after initial savings three is little or nothing left for the next contract, “fractures” in processes develop between the client and the vendor that damage productivity and a … Continue reading

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PMO Basics: The Downward Spiral Of Cost Based Outsourcing


Business is changing. Look at the number of books published about the economy’s move from atoms to electrons. Don Tapscott’s wrote an excellent example, “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.” The title says it all. The Internet has connected everything … Continue reading

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PMO Genius: Time To Open The “Office of Email”


Not too long ago we looked at Atos, an $11 Billion IT firm that decided to kill email. They did considerable internal research and concluded that rather than contributing to profitability, email is a massive drain on profitability and needs … Continue reading

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