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Fuel and Motivation

Sometimes we plod. We get ourselves into projects or situations where the only way out is through. We find ourselves on the treadmill. Maybe being productive, but feeling our passion waning or perhaps even gone. I awoke each day over … Continue reading

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Is Your Project in Limbo?

What happens when we start a project and it is honestly overtaken by events? We start a project in good faith and then, because context changes, we have to set it aside. It’s work-in-progress, so what do we do? The … Continue reading

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Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012

Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp,” we are now nearing Kaizen Camp:  Seattle 2012. (We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) Kaizen Camp is July … Continue reading

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One Day’s Idea is Another Day’s Waste

On my travels through startups and the corporate world I see small to gross acts of negligence. They usually come in the wrapper of something like, “because that’s our process.” Metrics are gathered for the sake of reports no one … Continue reading

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Just Released: Why Plans Fail: Cognitive Bias, Decision Making, and Your Business.

A few months ago, I wrote a series of posts in this blog about cognitive bias. Those became the pre-writing for this short ebook: Why Plans Fail. It’s $2.99, or free if you have Amazon Prime. This is the first … Continue reading

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How To: Setting Your Personal WIP Limit

There are only two rules in Personal Kanban. Visualize Your Work and Limit Your Work in Progress Since there are only two, it stands to reason that they are both important, vital even. When people see the value stream and … Continue reading

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Time To Completion

Parkinson’s law is: “Work expands to as to fill the time available for its completion.” And people misconstrue it all the time. Logic plays funny tricks on our brains sometime. People somehow believe that Parkinson’s Law warns us that work … Continue reading

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Why I’m Excited About Lean Camp

JUST LET ME LEARN! Hallway conversations are almost always what people peg as their favorite parts of conferences. Yet conferences rarely provide ample space and time for people to have these conversations. When we actually converse with our peers or … Continue reading

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WIP: The Kidzban Book

My dad was magical. When I was growing up, he turned everything into a game – studying, yard work, even combatting my fear of the Wicked Witch of the West. “Life should be fun!” he’d insist, invoking his own father’s … Continue reading

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There is No “We” in Bowling

…except for maybe Wii Bowling. “We have a team of 24 customer service professionals.” That was how it started, innocently enough. This “team” had heart, heroes, and a whole lotta backlog it needed to work through. So they established what would … Continue reading

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