Lean Six Sigma

By Brian C. McDaniel | Articles for continuous improvement professionals interested in Lean Six Sigma, AGILE and Operational Excellence.

3 ways to spot a bad statistic

Sometimes it's hard to know what statistics are worthy of trust. But we shouldn't count out stats altogether ... instead, we should learn to look …

Cloudflare makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history

If you're privacy-minded, you probably aren't thrilled that governments seem hell-bent on giving internet providers free rein over your browsing data. Cloudflare just gave you a tool to fight back, however. It launched 1.1.1.1, a free Domain Name System service (the technology that translates IP …

Best Practices for Statistical Data Analysis

On this page we list a few resources for developing best practices in statistics and avoiding common pitfalls. Be sure to check the references in …

We Must Do More to Promote Manufacturing as a Rewarding Career Path. Here's How

Instead of wringing our hands about how hard it is to fill manufacturing jobs, let’s attack the problem with the same vigor that we would major …

Big Companies Are Embracing Analytics, But Most Still Don’t Have a Data-Driven Culture

For six consecutive years NewVantage Partners has conducted an annual survey on how executives in large corporations view data. Each year the response rate increases, and the reported urgency of making effective use of data increases as well. This year the results are both more encouraging and more …

Artificial Intelligence

The Unseen Advantages of Adopting Lean Manufacturing Principles

There are at least three major unrecognized advantages of instituting lean principles, including better navigating the competitive life cycle.

Blockchain (& AI) Will Rewire Whole Industries

Everyone’s obsessed with blockchain – and for good reason. Blockchain is a technology that can solve some of the most vexing technological, professional and personal problems we face. But despite the elegance, complexity and security of the technology, the transactions blockchain will enable, and …

Blockchain

Problem Solving Fast and Slow

In my role as an instructor at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Japan, I got to witness top leaders solve problems. They would literally rush into a …

Leaders must act as systems thinkers in the digital transformation

<i>By Jeff Immelt and Robert Siegel</i><p>Much has been written about the frame-breaking changes taking place in industrial markets driven by the combination …

Innovation

The 10 Statistical Techniques Data Scientists Need to Master

This was a basic run-down of some basic statistical techniques that can help a data science program manager and or executive have a better …

Hawaii’s missile alert interface had a one-word difference between sending a test alert and a real one

After the false missile alert in Hawaii on Saturday morning, a new image from government officials reveals how confusing the alert system is. Instead of pressing a button, operators of the alert system have to select a link on a list of choices with obscure names like “1. Test Message.” The option …

THE LOOP: IBM Design Documentary - Enterprise | InVision

Dive deeper into enterprise design thinking transformation<p>IBM's new tools and practices for software design<p>Russell Parrish and Bobby Smith of IBM …

UX Design

GE on LinkedIn: “A bionic arm gives something…

A bionic arm gives something priceless to this amputee: the ability to play the piano again. http://invent.ge/2qxMQAM

How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree

This article will explore what it’s like to be a Data Scientist, the skillset required, and how to acquire these skills using mostly free or cheap …

How IBM builds an effective data science team

Data science is a team sport. This sentiment rings true not only with our experiences within IBM, but with our enterprise customers, who often ask us for advice on how to structure data science teams within their own organizations.<p>Before that can be done, however, it’s important to remember that …

Algorithms for Big Data: A Free Course from Harvard

From Harvard professor Jelani Nelson comes "Algorithms for Big Data," a course intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. …

Machine Learning

How Building 1 Keystone Habit Can Transform Your Life | Inc.com

This is the time of season where gym membership enrollment goes through the roof. I am sure self-help books are flying off the shelves right now too. We are telling ourselves that this is going to be the year that we get work and life and everything in between, in order.<p>But if we have failed in the …

Designing for Blockchain

<i>What will the much-hyped technology mean for developers, creatives, and UX designers?</i><p>Blockchain has arrived — not just in the technological sense, …

This amazing visualisation shows how the world's ships move goods around the globe

Shipping is vital for the global economy, with roughly 90% of all goods moved across the world by ships.If shipping stops, so does the world economy.<p>Global trade has been the subject of much scrutiny in the past year or so, with Brexit and the Trump presidency both seen by many as threats to the …

Spotify Engineering Model with Squads, Tribes, Chapters and Guilds

There is a lot of useful methods of managing the workflow; the Kanban Method is one of the most popular and effective ones. However, with its over …

Project Management

How the Design Thinking Process Helps Prevent IT Project Failures

How can IT leaders prevent IT project failures and ensure their teams build applications that fully realize the expected benefits? One approach that …

Design

Dubai Sets Its Sights On Becoming The World's First Blockchain-Powered Government

Dubbed as the “city of the future”, Dubai, which plans to have robot cops, flying taxis and autonomous vehicles on its roads in coming years and appointed a minister in-charge of Artificial Intelligence recently, is planning yet another transformation: to become the world’s first blockchain-powered …

Real Estate

The Importance of Overlapping Work in Agile

A central tenet of agile is to avoid working in phases. On an agile project, There is no analysis phase followed by a design phase followed by a …

Project Management

2018 Trends in Business Analysis and Project Management

<b>Written by:</b> Elizabeth Larson, Andrea Brockmeier, Richard Larson, Susan HeidornSince 2009 we have enjoyed reflecting on what’s happened the previous …

How lean management saved a butcher's shop in Botswana

<b>CASE STUDY – Faced with complex logistics and customer complaints, a small deli and butchery in Botswana saw in lean a way to bring the business back</b> …

Family Business

Amazon’s SCOT - Supply Chain Optimization Technologies

The most amazing application of mathematical optimization in logistics<p>What is SCOT?<p>The state of the art in advanced mathematics at the service of the …

eCommerce

Japan November manufacturing activity grows at fastest pace in over three years: flash PMI | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than three years in November as output, new orders, and new export orders all accelerated in a sign the economy will continue its growth streak, a preliminary survey showed on Friday.<p>FILE PHOTO: An employee works …

Economy

In My Global Lean Healthcare Travels, These 21 Things Are Pretty Universal

Over the past 12 years, I’ve visited and/or coached hospitals in Canada, England, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Japan, China, and Thailand.<p>These …

High Level