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Running an operation should be as easy as finding out what your customers want, then giving it to them. Nothing more or less.

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Operations Analysis

Innovation in reading

Assumptions Kill Creativity

The population of India is well over 1.2 billion people. Second only to China in size. Roughly a quarter of that population can’t read or write. Or, depending on who, how and when you count, there are something like 300 million illiterate people in India. This is a problem that is worth fixing. But how? Teaching 300 million […]

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Process Improvement


Quantity Versus Quality

Conventional management wisdom: You can have quality or quantity but you can’t have both. Bang ‘em out quick Sod the quality, feel the width Cost, quality, speed ~ pick any 2 Even the Romans knew this was the case. It is quality rather than quantity that matters ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca So if you want […]

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Employee Engagement

HMS Ocean

A Splendid Waste of Time

Is management by wandering around a good thing? I was talking to a friend of mine today.  He used to work for the Royal Navy. He navigated ships in his 20’s. Apparently getting H.M.S. Ocean around the Isle of White and into the Solent without sinking some fool in a yacht is no mean feat.  Particularly […]

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