Lean vs. Six Sigma: How They Differ

Lean and Six Sigma are markedly different methodologies, but when combined, are a powerful business improvement practice. Lean is defined as: The removal of waste from a process(es) to increase efficiency and lower costs. A few examples of waste are: Wait time (slow computers, waiting on answers, waiting on purchase orders, et al). Movement of […]
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Scaling Agile: Is it The Next Big Thing?

“What’s the next big thing in Agile?” is a question I’ve been asked a lot over the years. Answering used to make me a feel a little awkward. It was almost as though the questioner is treating Agile as a fashion, one that includes many fads. My usual answer has been, “Whatever your team decides […]
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The Project Leader’s Guide to Kotter’s Eight Steps for Managing Change, Part 2 of 2

As we said in Blog 1 of 2, managing change well is a continuous and ongoing combination of art and science that assures alignment of an organization’s strategies, structures, and processes. Let’s continue with steps five through eight of Kotter’s Eight Steps for Strategic Change. 5. Empower action Remove obstacles Enable constructive feedback Provide plenty […]
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