Drowning in Work?

Jim Benson’s new work, Why Limit WIP: We are Drowning in Work (MemeMachine Series) (Volume 2), was at the center of our conversation in this podcast. Jim’s company Modus Cooperandi combines Lean principles with Agile methodologies from software design, and the communications revolutions of social media, as a process and tool infrastructure. Jim is best known for his seminal work, Personal Kanban. He is @ourfounder on Twitter.

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Short of Capacity, Short of Resources?

A thought leader in organizational project and resource management, Jerry Manas is frequently cited by leading voices in the world of business, including legendary management guru Tom Peter. You may know Jerry from his book, Napoleon on Project Management: Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution, and Leadership. This interview centered on Jerry’s latest work which is a subject matter that I have been spending a lot of time with lately, The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook: A Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Limited People Resources.

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An Instruction Manual for Innovation

David Hamme enjoys helping leaders uncover opportunities, examine problems from new angles, and executing the plan to bring them to fruition. His goal is to make your life easier and supercharge your performance.  His recent book, Customer Focused Process Innovation: Linking Strategic Intent to Everyday Execution is compilation of his thoughts and processes that he uses.

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Lean Mapping Consists of More Than 1 Tool

I found Steven Borris use of Lean Mapping quite different in his book Strategic Lean Mapping. One that included Big Picture Map, Process Mapping, Capacity Mapping, Value-Stream Mapping, and closing with how to use this information for better problem solving and decision making. The tools within the maps are quite common for a Lean Practitioner. Listen and enjoy the Scottish Accent.

Steve is a manufacturing advisor and continuous improvement expert and does this at Productivity Jigsaw.

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Lean in the Food Processing Industry

Jerry Rosenthal started on his process improvement journey where he entered the world of medical device and worked with such companies like Cardinal Health. Jerry’s expertise is primarily in regulated environments such as food, beverage and pharmaceutical production and packaging. Jerry has been successful at taking principles and tools from manufacturing and applying them to a commercial business practice, and he does that at Lean Six Sigma Expert.

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Using the Lean Startup Method for Product Branding

Author Laura Busche joined me for a conversation about startup branding. Her book is based on the Lean StartupTM Principles and is titled; Lean Branding (Lean (O’Reilly)). It is part of the Lean Startup series of books by O'Reilly.

Lean Branding is a practical toolkit that helps you build your own robust, dynamic brands that generate conversion. You’ll find over 100 DIY branding tactics and inspiring case studies, and step-by-step instructions for building and measuring 25 essential brand strategy ingredients, from logo design to demo-day pitches, using The Lean Startup methodology’s Build-Measure-Learn loop.

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Masters on Zero to One

The book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future , presents a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. From the book,

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace; they will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Blake Masters was a student at Stanford Law School in 2012 when his detailed notes on Peter Thiel’s class “Computer Science 183: Startup.” The notes became an internet sensation. Before writing Zero to One with Peter, Blake co-founded Judicata, a legal research technology startup, and worked at Box and Founders Fund

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Designing Your Online Experience

Dana Sednek Bowler specializes in eLearning, virtual meetings/collaboration, project management, analytics tools & strategies, and leadership facilitation. She puts these skills to work at Interaction Associates as the online learning manager.

Interaction Associates is a leading global innovator of proven solutions that transform the way people work — to deliver extraordinary business results, or, what we call, Return on InvolvementTM. The firm helps global organizations build high-involvement, collaborative cultures by developing their leaders, teams, and change agents. IA offers customized consulting, learning and development, and coaching services. It was named one of Training Industry's Top 20 Leadership Training Companies 2012 - 2014, and was named to their Content Development Watch List in 2012 - 2014.

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A Clinic on Innovation Practices

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation founding and current administrative director,  Barbara Spurrier MHA, is my guest this week on the Business901 podcast.  She has advised senior leaders in the health care industry for over two decades, serving as a champion for innovation in large, complex environments. She just recently co-authored an outstanding book on innovation, Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.

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Focused Performance

Jump start your 2015 business planning. Russell Martin & Associates has created The Focused Performance Bundle. The package includes everything you need to facilitate the planning sessions with your team.

Once you know where you want to go and where you don't want to go in 2015, start brainstorming initiatives that will take you there.  It's likely that each of these initiatives will generate multiple projects.  How do you pick which projects to do?  How do you prioritize the work over all four quarters of 2015 without adding so much project work that it's impossible to focus on any of it?  Prioritization allows you to pick the projects you can charter utilizing a project sponsor and project manager who drive a project schedule for accountability.

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Lou Russell is the CEO of Russell Martin & Associates and L+earn, an executive consultant, speaker, and author whose passion is to create growth in companies by guiding the growth of their people. In her speaking, training, and writing, Lou draws on 30 years of experience helping organizations achieve their full potential. She is committed to inspiring improvement in all three sides of what she has dubbed the Optimization Triangle: leadership, project management, and individual learning.

Lou was a great guest and I am sure you will enjoy the podcast.

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Forming a Quality Group

This is the last in series of interviews that I had with Bob Petruska of Sustain Lean Consulting. We have covered subjects from Trystoming to Value Stream Mapping.

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One of the things Bob is most proud of and enjoys the most is the group of quality people that he collaborates with in his place of residence, Charlotte, NC. He discusses this groups formation and a few of the struggles they went through during the formation stage. 

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Is Trust in Sales Still Needed?

The Trust Equation

Trustworthiness = (Credibility + Reliability + Intimacy) / Self-Orientation

The above equation was a central part of a discussion with Charles Green, author of a series of books that have long been a favorite of mine. I own all of them and even have one in both print and audio. These books seem to be timeless and never more on point than the present.

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