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  • Reboot Your Management

    How would you rebuild a country after a world war? How would you reboot your management? This was the topic for my presentation at the Reboot conference. It concerned Deming's 14 principles for management, the humanistic, long-term thinking, keep learning, use the scientific method, and build from...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 06-26-2009
  • What is a Truly Lean Company? - Deming Distilled

    Deming 's work is the foundation of the Toyota Production System and modern-day lean. I recently conducted a workshop his 14 points for management . One exercise was to group them to get to their essence. Here is the the result: “Practise engaged leadership” - hands-on and collaborative (points 7...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 05-07-2009
  • New Lean Reading List: Shingo Prize Winners Announced

    The recipient's of this year's Shingo Prize have been announced . The Research and Professional Publication Prize category is a great reading list for new lean books: Steven Spear - Chasing the Rabbit . A book on how to catch up with your lean competiors. HBR review here . Mark Graban - Lean...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 03-31-2009
  • Improve your IT-organisation with Deming's 14 points

    I have written an introduction to Deming's 14 points and how they can help you improve your IT-organisation. It is a 15-page PDF in Danish. You can download it here: Ud af krisen - Enjoy - and please send me feedback on how to...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 12-12-2008
  • Out of the Crisis - Deming's 14 Points

    In a time where so many are excusing their failure with externalities and saying "it's the crisis" we need leadership and entrepreneurship more than ever. We are in a time of creative destruction and it is precisely these moments that offer great opportunities to those who seek out the...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 11-05-2008
  • How to Improve Your Development Process Using Factory Physics

    There are only three types of buffers: extra capacity, extra inventory and extra time. This is one of the great take-aways from Factory Physics that I have frequently quoted since Thomas Blomseth introduced me to it on our lean study-tour to Japan earlier this year. It is an essential piece in approaching...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 07-21-2008
  • What's Your Favourite Lean Books?

    People often ask me about recommendations for the must-read books for lean and agile software development. Here is a list of some of my favourite lean books: W. Edwards Deming - the grand old man of the field, building on a strict statistical discipline. His book Out of the Crisis is a wonderful treatise...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 02-11-2008
  • Variation And Waste - The Case for Frequent Delivery

    Imagine you are in an organisation with a one-year release cycle and you miss your annual deadline by one minute. The cost? A one-year delay. Now, try to invent a control system to ensure that we avoid this kind of delay. You would probably add some middle management to manage the dependencies between...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 10-24-2007
  • Jaoo 2007

    We're off to Jaoo 2007 next week. We are bringing some poker planning cards and some "I O Scrum" t-shirts, please give us a hint if you are interested. Every day we will post a summery from the sessions of the day.
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Kim Horn on 09-24-2007
  • Bye, bye, "Done, but" - The Flat Organisation and Enterprise Scrum

    Lean organisations tend to be very flat with few layers of management. They rely on self-organisation and leadership. In this context, then, what is the role of the middle layers in the organisation? This is one of the points Ken Schwaber addresses in "The Enterprise and Scrum". The answer...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 09-17-2007
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