Deming’s 14 Points

Systems Thinking and the Vanguard Method

W. Edwards Deming’s 14 points are the basis for transformation of industry. Adoption and action on the 14 points are a signal that the management intend to stay in business. aim to protect investors and jobs. Such a system formed the basis for lessons for top management in Japan in 1950 and in subsequent years.

The 14 points apply anywhere, to small organisations as well as to large ones, to the service industry as well as to manufacturing. They equally apply to any division within a company and to it’s suppliers.

As you read through each of the 14 points below, ask yourself if they still apply today, either within your current organisation, or within organisations you have recently worked for. The answers may be surprising.

1. Constancy of purpose:

Create constancy of purpose toward continual improvement of product and service, with a plan to become competitive and to stay…

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Deming’s 14 Points

Frustration with Procrastination

Days eChain

Procrastination is a slippery adversary, stealthy, incidious, secretive maybe even seductive enemy that creeps up behind you, moves in and remains, unwelcome but tolerated.

WHO HAS TROUBLE WITH PROCRASTINATING? You know – putting things that need to be done – off. Avoiding the annoyance or unpleasantness involved with that thing that needs doing. No? Not you? Not ever? WOW. Impressive. It’s not that I doubt you but … let me ask you a few more questions, OK?

How is that Tax record organising going? Been to the Tax Agent this year? Maybe it is not Tax for you, maybe it is going to the Dentist? Cleaning the Bathroom? Gutters? No? Weight loss err weight management? Well – most of us put things off from time to time. We put them in the too hard basket, because we either have a thought, a feeling or a behavior – happening, that is…

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Frustration with Procrastination

Work in distributed environments – part 0

I am struggling about doing it right: how to facilitate communication in distributed teams.

We’ve already tried WebEx, Tandberg, Skype, standard phone conferences, email, chat, …

But all has it’s pros and cons.

I’ll write some future blog, but for now, I’d like just to point to some interesting discussion

http://www.valueflowquality.com/pairing-revisited/

See you later,

Mirko

Work in distributed environments – part 0

Usage of MS Project in an Scrum/Kanban setup

We use MS Project Server for general resource and sprint planning:

It contains the sprint milestones, delivery/go live dates, and the resources
allocated to the teams including vacation information.

By doing so, we can also calculate sprint capacities, plan resources that are
not team memebers, show dependencies to other (non-agile) projects.

Regards,

Mirko

Usage of MS Project in an Scrum/Kanban setup

Agile Backblog

Agile Champion is a title that most of us are familiar with. These often self-nominated champions of cause seem to be in center of most of the agile transformations. But what really are the characteristics of a true champion and are there some other kind of agile personalities and roles that we often find around us?

I’ve taken a look around and reflected some of my experiences to describe few types of agile personalities or “roles” that I’ve often seen. One thing to note is that most of them would not need to be “agile” but instead can be found running some other causes be they practices, tools, programming languages or something else.

So, just for the sake of it being fun sometimes to put things in boxes, here you go.

Agile Champion
Armed with loads of common sense, the agile manifesto and diamond hard determination, these tireless heroes of…

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