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1.24.2017 - BLOG - Agile Lean Six Sigma - Balancing Speed & Intelligence

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz spoke on this dynamic 25 years ago: “If you have speed with intelligence, you have an unbeatable combination. Speed with a lack of intelligence will get you in trouble. I’d rather have a slow guy going in the wrong direction than a fast guy going in the wrong direction. At least the slow guy won’t be as far out of position as the fast guy.”

1.19.2017 - NEWSLETTER - MoreNews about Operational Excellence

Catch up on the January blogs by Bill Hathaway, MoreSteam's President, and read features about several of our clients: Hewlett Packard, Jabil, and the University of Notre Dame.

1.17.2017 - BLOG - An Oldie but Goodie: Rapid Plant Assessment

Scott Sink sent me this link to an article in the Harvard Business Review about a rapid plant assessment model. It's old, but it's timeless and worth a read. The HBR article reminded me that there's a lot to be learned through simple observation, as Taiichi Ohno of Toyota taught using his chalk circle. If you know what to look for, it's a powerful practice, and even if you don't, you can ask questions and learn.

1.10.2017 - BLOG - Championship Football Through Controlled Inputs

I noticed an interesting comment by Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware after the US College Football National Championship Game: “All night we controlled the input with our attitude, our mentality, our mindset and let the output take care of itself.” Sounds like the foundational thinking of process improvement - identifying the inputs that you can control, then focusing on those inputs in order to achieve the desired output.

1.3.2017 - BLOG - The Pull for Learning

The first step toward leaning out the learning model is to recognize the rightful demand signal, which is the project work to be done, rather than the people looking to be trained. As proponents of Lean Six Sigma, perhaps we should all consider how to design our own systems to respond to the pull of demand, not just teach the concept to others. All too often we see training delivered in batches, well in advance of meaningful project work, and not aligned with the skills necessary to execute that project work ...

11.7.2016 - PRESS RELEASE - New Tollgate Simulation for Project Sponsors

Tollgate Adventure®, MoreSteam's newest simulation, was featured at the company's Best Practices for Operational Excellence Conference held at the University of Notre Dame. This role play sim was developed to provide guided practice for Lean Six Sigma project sponsors and champions in leading a series of project tollgate reviews. Tollgate Adventure is self-paced and only takes 2-4 hours to complete. It emphasizes the critical thinking required of leaders which, in turn, reinforces the critical thinking expected of project teams.