Top stories

637
marypoppendieck's picture

How Does Toyota Do it? (Book Review)

When Matthew May was asked to help translate the Toyota Production System for the knowledge worker, he thought: “Huh? It doesn’t make any sense. Everyone knows factory work isn’t creative, right?”How wrong he was. He found that factory workers
631
marypoppendieck's picture

Why the Lean in Lean Six Sigma?

A free-wheeling mid-sized company ran smack up against the Sarbanes-Oxley Act a few months ago and found that it had to pause and take stock.[1] The company commissioned a small team to map out every place that financial data moved, and to no one’s
764
marypoppendieck's picture

Product Development for the Lean Enterprise (Book Review)

“How could a business book keep me up until 2:30 in the morning?” I wondered as I collapsed into bed. True, it was a business novel, so it had engaging characters, a hint of a plot, and actual villains. But that wasn’t what kept me reading into
523
marypoppendieck's picture

Incremental Funding (Book Review)

The customer wanted an on-line currency exchange capability added to their on-line financial service offerings. They figured it would take several months to implement. But the development team suggested a different approach: start by hiring a
755
marypoppendieck's picture

Software Development Productivity

Productivity is the prime determinant of our standard of living. If the revenue generated per work hour goes up, income levels rise. If productivity lags, wages also decline. When all else is equal in a market, the more productive company will
462
marypoppendieck's picture

Measure Up

Getting measurements right can be devilishly difficult, but getting them wrong can be downright dangerous. If you look underneath most self-defeating behavior in organizations, you will often find a well-intentioned measurement which has gone

Pages