For years I’ve heard people complain that process improvement is pie in the sky concepts that don’t work in the real world. First of all, that’s crap. Second of all, process improvement doesn’t work, until it does, and everybody’s looking to do the new-new thing.
Jamie Flinchbaugh’s blog post on “The Founder” is a great take and means that I’ll be watching this movie soon!
Source: The Founder and Experimentation — Jamie Flinchbaugh
Learning what works and what doesn’t work is driven by experimentation, real-world trials that inform us about cause and effect. How do we improve the ability to experiment? By reducing the cost, the effort, the friction required to test what
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Helping the Planes Run on Time
This interview with Air France’s Transformation Program Director is an interesting read from Process Excellence Network contributor: Marie-Helene Morvan.
Posted: 03/22/2016 12:00:00 AM EDT.
Air France has a long history supporting the quality movement. I had the opportunity to represent Delta Air Lines’ In-Flight Service at the Air France’s Quality Expo in the late 1990’s. As the leader of Continuous Improvement Team XL, we talked with Air France employees about how we were improving quality in our Flight Attendant Learning & Development programs.
Link to the interview: http://www.processexcellencenetwork.com/business-transformation/articles/helping-the-planes-run-on-time-interview-with-air/
I found this short video (6:26) from Autodesk’s Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning. This is the science behind how we receive and assimilate information.
I recently discovered Bob Marshall’s “Think Different” blog and I highly recommend his insights. His thoughts about the nature of work got me thinking… and they might get you thinking too.
What If #7 – No Work
One of my “giants” is the amazing Richard Buckminster Fuller. As it happens, the “Synergistic” mindset, the third of the four mindsets in the Marshall Model, is named for him and his work in Synergetics.
“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist…
The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
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Sins Against Innovation
Matthew May gets it. He is creative and he knows how to ask questions that help other people to arouse their inner creativity. In his wonderfully succinct masterpiece, “Mind of the Innovator”, Matthew May lays out seven sins against innovative thinking.
Matthew’s treatise offers many difficult questions. He gives us many issues to consider and a few scenarios where we can test our innovative abilities.
If you are looking for great insights on ways to remove the barriers to innovative thinking, I strongly recommend Matthew May, and this article in particular.