What is Lean The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. A lean organization understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. To accomplish this, lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimizing separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers. Eliminating waste along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services at far less costs and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional business systems. Lean for Production and Services A popular misconception is that lean is suited only for manufacturing. Lean Thinking
Six Sigma The common Six Sigma symbol Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. It was developed by Motorola in 1986. Jack Welch made it central to his business strategy at General Electric in 1995. Today, it is used in many industrial sectors. Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, mainly empirical, statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Champions", "Black Belts", "Green Belts", "Yellow Belts", etc.) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified value targets, for example: reduce process cycle time, reduce pollution, reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, and increase profits. Doctrine Methodologies
The Science of Interstellar (9780393351378): Kip Thorne, Christopher Nolan: Books Business Apps: Flying Logic: That Would Be Illogical, Captain Some years ago in "A Not-at-All Foolish Consistency," 2002-09-10), I raved about Sciral Consistency, a simple but brilliantly effective application that gently reminds you of activities that need performance periodically. Now Consistency's author, Robert McNally, is back with a new program: Flying Logic. You probably don't remember this, but one of the first articles I ever wrote for TidBITS was about an application for charting logical arguments, MacEuclid (see "MacEuclid," 1992-11-23)). It was a thesis project, and was never developed further. You could learn about the Theory of Constraints and develop a diagram on paper, on a blackboard, or using a diagramming tool such as OmniGraffle (see "Connect the Dots with OmniGraffle," 2006-02-13); but Flying Logic has some important advantages. I don't think you can just pick up Flying Logic and start playing. As a simple example, I've made a document showing a big argument that our neighborhood association had last night.
Theory of Constraints Overview Introduction Let’s Start By Stopping For A Moment Slow down, block out the rest of the world for a moment, and take the time to consider the following. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were waiting for someone to provide you with something, something that you must work on, and in-turn, which you had to pass on to someone else? I doubt that there are very many who can’t relate to this. Universal or not, does it need to be like this? I hope to show you that, indeed, it does not need to be like this at all. What this short moment of reflection shows is that most of us already have a pretty good intuition for the concepts of dependency, variation, and an understanding of systems and therefore the necessary intuition to find the needed solutions. What Is Theory Of Constraints? Theory of Constraints is the invention of Dr Eliyahu Goldratt, an Israeli physicist, educator, and management specialist. (1) Companies that are already very successful (we aren’t making enough money). Why is this?
Total quality management Total quality management (TQM) consists of organization-wide efforts to install and make permanent a climate in which an organization continuously improves its ability to deliver high-quality products and services to customers. While there is no widely agreed-upon approach, TQM efforts typically draw heavily on the previously-developed tools and techniques of quality control. TQM enjoyed widespread attention during the late 1980s and early 1990s before being overshadowed by ISO 9000, Lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma. History In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the developed countries of North America and Western Europe suffered economically in the face of stiff competition from Japan's ability to produce high-quality goods at competitive cost. Development in the United States From the Navy, TQM spread throughout the US Federal Government, resulting in the following: Features The key concepts in the TQM effort undertaken by the Navy in the 1980s include: Joseph M. 
The Science of 'Interstellar': Look Beyond the Wormhole Christopher Nolan's sci-fi blockbuster, "Interstellar," is winning kudos for its true-to-Einstein depiction of a black hole as well as its off-the-planet exploration agenda. The movie tells the story of a failing Earth — and a last-gasp space mission that sends astronauts through an extradimensional portal known as a wormhole in hopes of finding a habitable haven for humanity amid alien stars. The film boasts Nolan, the mastermind behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Inception," as director and co-writer. Thorne has written a movie-themed book, "The Science of 'Interstellar,'" which is due for release just as the film is coming out. "Neither wormholes nor black holes have been depicted in any Hollywood movie in the way that they actually would appear," Thorne says in a behind-the-scenes featurette. But Sten Odenwald, an astronomer at the Virginia-based National Institute of Aerospace, says Thorne's conception of a wormhole still may not match up with reality. Start with the solar system
Enterprise Resource Planning Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera. Enterprise resource planning (letteralmente "pianificazione delle risorse d'impresa", spesso abbreviato in ERP) è un sistema di gestione, chiamato in informatica sistema informativo, che integra tutti i processi di business rilevanti di un'azienda (vendite, acquisti, gestione magazzino, contabilità etc.) Con l'aumento della popolarità dell'ERP e la riduzione dei costi per l'ICT (Information and Communication Technology), si sono sviluppate applicazioni che aiutano i business manager ad implementare questa metodologia nelle attività di business come: controllo di inventari, tracciamento degli ordini, servizi per i clienti, finanza e risorse umane. Storia[modifica | modifica sorgente] A tutt'oggi i moderni sistemi di ERP coprono tutte le aree che possano essere automatizzate e/o monitorate all'interno di un'azienda, permettendo così agli utilizzatori di operare in un contesto uniforme ed integrato, indipendentemente dall'area applicativa. ^ L.
Russell L. Ackoff Russell Lincoln Ackoff (/ˈækɒf/; 12 February 1919 – 29 October 2009) was an American organizational theorist, consultant, and Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Ackoff was a pioneer in the field of operations research, systems thinking and management science. Biography Russell L. Ackoff was born on February 12, 1919 in Philadelphia to Jack and Fannie (Weitz) Ackoff. He received his bachelor degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1941. From 1947 to 1951 Ackoff was assistant professor in philosophy and mathematics at the Wayne State University. Nicholson and Myers (1998) report that, in the 1970s and 1980s, the Social Systems Sciences Program at the Wharton School was "noted for combining theory and practice, escaping disciplinary bounds, and driving students toward independent thought and action. Ackoff was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science at the University of Lancaster, UK in 1967.
Lean manufacturing Overview The difference between these two approaches is not the goal itself, but rather the prime approach to achieving it. The implementation of smooth flow exposes quality problems that already existed, and thus waste reduction naturally happens as a consequence. Both lean and TPS can be seen as a loosely connected set of potentially competing principles whose goal is cost reduction by the elimination of waste. These principles include: Pull processing, Perfect first-time quality, Waste minimization, Continuous improvement, Flexibility, Building and maintaining a long term relationship with suppliers, Autonomation, Load leveling and Production flow and Visual control. Origins Lean implementation is therefore focused on getting the right things to the right place at the right time in the right quantity to achieve perfect work flow, while minimizing waste and being flexible and able to change. Lean aims to make the work simple enough to understand, do and manage.
The 2014 Gift Guide: What To Get Creatives (And Those Who Want To Be More Creative) Geese are fattening, old men are awaiting haypennies (whatever those are) in their hats, and Christmas (or whatever) is fast approaching. And while you almost certainly have great ideas for the boring people in your life (what up, gift card!), more creative friends/family members/co-workers require more consideration: their gifts have to be both genuinely useful and clever enough to make it clear that you know them well. To that end, we've assembled a can't-miss gift guide for the creative folks in your life, to ensure that they'll be inspired and equipped going into 2015.
Yammer: meno riunioni, più informazioni Forse quando avete iniziato a lavorare eravate solo due soci, lavoravate gomito a gomito dodici ore al giorno, e tenere sotto controllo tutto quel che succedeva era semplice. Ma, dopo qualche anno di attività, in ufficio ci sono altre persone, i progetti e i clienti si sono moltiplicati, e avete l’impressione di non sapere più su cosa stanno lavorando i vostri colleghi. Alcuni di voi sono spesso fuori sede, o lavorano da casa; e la riunione settimanale si è trasformata in un estenuante elenco dei lavori in corso, tanto lungo che non c’è mai tempo da dedicare alla strategia per il futuro. Come potete uscire da quest’empasse, e fare in modo che tutti siano informati su quel che fanno i colleghi senza che questo significhi passare più tempo in sala riunioni che al lavoro? E come potete farlo usando uno strumento che non vi costi un occhio della testa, e sia immediatamente utilizzabile da tutti? Yammer è la risposta che fa per voi. I vantaggi di Yammer: