Model, or Not To Model, That Is the Question
To model, or not to model, that is the
Whether 'tis nobler to
model or to suffer
The slings and arrows of a
failed live pilot ...
The decision to create a simulation model of an improvement solution is a
tough question. Not quite as tough as Shakespeare's solioquy on the
existential nature of life, but a tough decision all the same. There
are many trade-offs to consider, and the answers are not always clear.
The goal of a simulation model is to provide greater insight into a proposed
solution; insight which cannot otherwise be readily gained through other
the three questions to ask when faced with choosing between a live pilot
versus a simulation.
Keeping Up: Pacing Teaching Methods with Technology
In 1963, Gordon Moore,
co-founder of Intel Corp. observed the rapid pace of developing technology
and predicted that the number of transistors on a chip would continue to
approximately double every two years. The past decades have generally
maintained this pace of technical innovation, now know as "Moore's
Law", which yields twice the speed at half the cost.
In education and training, advancements have seemed to follow Moore's Law as
well. In the past few years, we've witnessed great technological leaps,
with newly styled 'virtual' classrooms with live video feed, downloadable
lectures, and archived recordings. Here
are some suggestions on how instructors can continue to support
teacher-student relationships while adopting more efficient and effective
really take an astrophysicist to figure out the most efficient way to board an airplane? Maybe, maybe
Jason Steffen, a Fermilab physicist, got tired of the bottlenecks whenever he
was boarding a plane. So he ran a computer model testing different
methods of boarding. He found that allowing passengers to board at
random is quicker than the methods currently used. But the airlines
haven't paid attention.
Convinced of his finding, he recently ran a live trial for the online video
vs That" and again proved that there is a more efficient way to board airplanes. Anybody listening now?Read
Steffen's formal write-up of the experiment.
LSS in the Public
From sea to
shining sea and in-between, Lean Six Sigma is delivering results in a variety
of public sector applications. Divisions of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy,
Department of Defense, and EPA along with a sampling of local governments
have used Lean Six Sigma methodology to improve processes. Read
the case studies.
Leads to Innovation
When your business is looking for a transformation or a
breakthrough, discard the illusion of free-spirited creative chaos.
Find out how companies such as Apple, Baptist Health System (BHS), Black
& Decker, Picatinny Rail and Zappos used collaboration and standards to
fuel innovation. Read
"5 Ways That Standardization Can Lead to Innovation".
QA on Break:
New Rounding Rule?
No matter how we calculate four
divided by ten, we still get 40%. Amuse yourself with other foibles
and funny stuff posted by the 21st
Century Fluency Project. (The above example was found under the
Did You Know?
Converts to the Apple computing environment may find
themselves fumbling for their old PC keyboard functionality, but you can
gain back your speed by using some unpublicized tips. Find out more
by watching the short iPad tutorial and by reading the article posted by
On-screen Keyboard Shortcuts
OS X Keyboard Shortcuts
Webcast: The Art of Distance Coaching
the virtual classroom or mentoring remote project teams requires distance
coaches to modify their approach and to acquire some additional skills.
Join Peg Pennington, Executive Director of Continuous Improvement for The
Center for Operational Excellence at Ohio State, for a free one-hour
Webcast and learn more about:
new role of a distance coach
Key characteristics of a good coach
• Tips to prepare for the new role
• Examples of student assessments
Art of Distance Coaching"
Peg Pennington, Ohio State
Thurs., 10/13 @ 1:30 PM (EDT)
Out Our New YouTube Channel
MoreSteam has officially joined the YouTube community!
We've enjoyed sharing clips that we've found pertinent to the Lean Six
Sigma community and decided to start developing our own. In the
upcoming months, we'll be rolling out a variety of short videos. Some
will relate to specific Lean Six Sigma tools and resources; others will be
just for fun. Stay tuned!
our debut video about EngineRoom®.
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