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February 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Toyota Kata

Toyota Kata Summary.pdf


Put together a few notes related to  Toyota Kata -- Hank

Added by Hank Czarnecki on February 21, 2012 at 7:43am — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers: Part 4 - The Model

Last time, I discussed some of the historical approaches used to determine high performing managers. These included trait-based approaches (i.e., personality), behavioral approaches (i.e., roles), skills-based approaches, and competency-based approaches. The problem with each of these approaches (except the competency approach) is that they tend to focus only on one attribute at the expense of the others, and the competency approach suffers from over-generalization. It would be nice to have…


Added by Brian Flynn on February 20, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Innovation Leadership Conference Coming to Alabama

Help Your Organization Innovate and Grow While Increasing Speed and Reducing Risk

The Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute (IELI) is coming to Alabama, April 10-12th as a part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership's mission of "Reigniting American Innovation and Growth".  During the two and a half-day workshop in Tuscaloosa, participants will learn and apply the basics of Creating,…


Added by David Mixson on February 17, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments

Wondering and Wandering

Have you studied babies recently?  As my grandchild approaches her first birthday, it is fascinating to watch her learn and grow.  She has such a sense of wonder, intense curiosity, inquisitiveness, and an insatiable appetite for exploring new things.



Added by Tom Chandler on February 16, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Understanding Six Sigma's Use of Statistics




Statistics consists of Descriptive and Inferential Statistics.


Using Descriptive Statistics we condense a set of known numbers into a few simple values (either numerically or graphically to simplify an understanding of those data).  This is analogous to writing a summary of a lengthy book.  The summary includes the mean, process location, standard deviation, spec limits, control limits, distribution and…


Added by John David Hayes on February 9, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

Managerial Work and the Importance of Managers: Part 3 - Identifying High Performing Managers

Last time I addressed the questions "What is a manager?" and "What does a manager do?" Today I would like to take a look at the question "How do I identify high performing managers?" This is a much more controversial question, because the definition of performance differs depending on who you talk to. For example, some people define performance in terms of direct output, or in the case of a manager, the output of the unit. Others define performance for managers as functions of how well they…


Added by Brian Flynn on February 6, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

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