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Finding Human Space

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The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

2018 204

Four Things to Remember When "Planning"

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In 1989 I received my degree in Urban Planning. I have studied how to make plans. In 2007 I received my certification to be part of the American Institute of Certified Planners. I have been recognized for making good plans.

2018 194

Losing Yourself in Awesome

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You can lose yourself in awesome. Awes ome itself is overload. boredom is seldom awesome. For the last 10 years, I've been traveling the world, working with all kinds of companies, eating great food, staying in (sometimes) posh hotels, speaking at conferences and it's been awesome.

2018 192

Focus and Finish

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Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook. Today I have three things to do: write this blog post, format a follow up package for our classes in Iowa last week, and get my cleaning to the cleaners so I have clothes for New York next week. Oh, and get a ticket to New York. four things.

2018 184

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

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It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”. So, stop making Facebook your amplified CNN or Fox News. Stop eating crap.

2018 173

Standing on Giants

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This is a short video from Saturday morning. I've been hearing a lot from people with high constancy of purpose. They understand what they are doing and why. . Over the last several years, we've met hundreds who do not have this.

2018 169

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

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It takes 72 hours to fix your feed. Your Facebook feed feeds your brain. It can feed it with positive messages or real world things. Or it can act like Cable News and feed you fear of the “other”. So, stop making Facebook your amplified CNN or Fox News. Stop eating crap.

2018 130

Finding Human Space

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The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

2018 130

On uniqueness lost - Anthony Bourdain

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There are people I respect immediately. . And there are people where I’m like, “Uh, okay, keep going…. Maybe I’ll respect you later.”. . And almost no one gets to respect from that. . One who did was Anthony Bourdain. .

2018 130

Standing on Giants

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This is a short video from Saturday morning. I've been hearing a lot from people with high constancy of purpose. They understand what they are doing and why. . Over the last several years, we've met hundreds who do not have this.

2018 130

Four Things to Remember When "Planning"

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In 1989 I received my degree in Urban Planning. I have studied how to make plans. In 2007 I received my certification to be part of the American Institute of Certified Planners. I have been recognized for making good plans.

2018 130

Focus and Finish

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Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook. Today I have three things to do: write this blog post, format a follow up package for our classes in Iowa last week, and get my cleaning to the cleaners so I have clothes for New York next week. Oh, and get a ticket to New York. four things.

2018 130

Losing Yourself in Awesome

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You can lose yourself in awesome. Awes ome itself is overload. boredom is seldom awesome. For the last 10 years, I've been traveling the world, working with all kinds of companies, eating great food, staying in (sometimes) posh hotels, speaking at conferences and it's been awesome.

2018 130

Milgram and Orwell's Love Child Works at Heathrow

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I woke up this morning in Malmö Sweden. I am coming off a quick set of trips to Cape Town and Malmö. Wonderful trips. A lot of flying, but both destinations were wonderfully worth it. I met amazing people, saw the disparate beauty of both cities, got some personal processing done, and even made a little money here and there. .

2016 183

Putting Some Lean Planning in Lean Startup

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This was originally an answer I posted in a Quora group, but I thought I would repost it here with some edits. Read the original, in context, here. After working with and owning several startups, it is clear that startup owners regularly overload themselves with work. It’s part of the startup mythos.

2012 230

Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap in Five Quotes: Post 1: There Is No Spoon

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A few weeks ago, I awoke to a string of tweets by people on the other side of the world discussing what I would say about Systems Thinking’s limitations. Systems thinking is a major tool in my toolkit when working with teams and organizations.

2011 232

Preparing for a whole lot of Kaizen

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The last few weeks have been busy. We’ve launched Kaizen Camp which is bustling with activity. We have three Kaizen Camps scheduled for New York, Los Angeles, and Boulder – with more on the way in Tel Aviv, Sydney, Melbourne, and Ho Chi Minh City.

2012 202

Reading is (Still) Fundamental

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recently tweeted this after mulling over the differences I’ve seen while working with various clients. Some of them have practically been begging people to slow down, finish less with higher quality, and to take time out to read.

2012 218

Depth in Progress: of Wine Snobs, Audiophiles, and Agilistas

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“Wine is to enjoy, not to judge.” ~ Hwi Woong Jeong (??) Wine Enthusiast. . The gentleman next to me took out his laptop and began typing, he had a large pile of wine labels and a notebook filled with wine notes. He began systematically copying them into his laptop. I figured he was a wine critic.

2012 208

You Mean I Cant Even Estimate? The Planning Fallacy in Action

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Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. We like to estimate things. “I’ll I’ll be there in 5 minutes!" “I I will have that report to you in an hour!” “We We can do the entire project in 24 days!”.

2011 221

Territory Destroys ThoughtAn Open Letter to Jabe Bloom

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Dear Jabe It strikes me that we humans often like to think. Yet we are still territorial creatures. Therefore when we invent anything, we wish to guard that thing. We are protectors of our territory. Even when there clearly is neither threat nor territory.

2012 208

Milgram and Orwell's Love Child Works at Heathrow

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I woke up this morning in Malmö Sweden. I am coming off a quick set of trips to Cape Town and Malmö. Wonderful trips. A lot of flying, but both destinations were wonderfully worth it. I met amazing people, saw the disparate beauty of both cities, got some personal processing done, and even made a little money here and there. .

2016 100

Id Rather Be A Hammer Than A Nail or Nails Come in Boxes

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To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Mark Twain If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow Some quotes become lore. Some quotes become cliché. These quotes are a warning we all ignore, and may well be another cognitive bias.

2011 207

Personal Kanban Wins the Shingo Prize

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Personal Kanban won a Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence this year. This is the highest honor in Lean and we share the award with some pretty august company. This award is humbling.

2013 173

Innovation for Erratic Meatbags

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Herbert Hoover and Ayn Rand tell us of the rugged individualist. More or less, its a western ideal. We question convention - even conventions WE helped create. We have free will. We make decisions and act accordingly. In our rational hearts, we make only appropriate, moral, and ethical decisions.

Flip My Switch: Standard Work or Soul Crushing Exactness

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In Lean there is a concept known as “standard work”. A game around standard work is to define the elements of work to a point that they are standardized and predictable.

2011 204

Real Decisions or Reflexive Nitpicking: Distinction Bias

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Life is a sum of all your choices. Albert Camus. When I ask you if you would like an apple, you may say “Yes.” Because you feel that an apple would make you happy. So I place an apple before you and you begin to eat it. And you are happy.

2011 201

Systems Thinking Is Awesome and a Trap Series: Quote #2Remember Your Failure In The Cave

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(This is part 2 of a 5 part series that starts here ) So, it’s an average day on Dagobah, rainy, hot, humid. Luke Skywalker has just finished some fitness exercises with Yoda and they come across a cave. It creeps Luke out and Yoda says, in essence, “Dude, skip the cave.”

2011 191

The Case of Gemba v. Semmelweis

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The Gemba is where it all happens. It’s the factory floor, the crime scene, ground zero. It’s where the evidence is, the witnesses are, and the location to find clarity. In lean we are told to “Go to the Gemba” – to walk the floor, talk to the people, and make the change happen.

2011 201

Bigger Ears Make You Dumbo

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Consider how the movement of a meme across the social media landscape spreads what looks good on the surface, but is fetid logic underneath. A few months back I spoke at Social Media Breakfast, Seattle about Social Media, Lean and the CIA.

2010 229

Launching the Personal Kanban Book

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There are some projects you undertake with the idea that they will be fun and rewarding and, in their course, they become much more. Yesterday Tonianne and I launched the Personal Kanban book. . The writing process for this book was wonderful, grueling, transformational.

Why Project Managers Fail

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I’ve managed a lot of projects. I tried to count them – I can’t. As I’ve progressed in my career, I’ve embraced a succession of methodologies that cumulatively represent a rather predictable evolution away from zero sum game management towards non-zero sum game management. What does this mean?

What Does Control Really Mean?

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We say that kanban is a visual control , but we also eschew external control (rules) being placed on us by others. So what does control really mean? We when we look at it, we have a lot of depth here. (1) 1) Like a dial – a controller. We can use our kanban as a controller for our work.

2012 169

An Open Letter to Hoteliers Worldwide

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Hoteliers: Please. Help me understand your complete lack of industry standards. I am constantly amazed by how hotels worldwide posses an uncanny ability to get some things astoundingly perfect while getting other things egregiously wrong. Now I know that I’m not alone in my thinking here, so I’m offering some suggestions for you to consider. They’re not really amenities I’m looking for, just some standardized features to make your guests lives away from home a tad less aggravating.

2010 215

Dont Slow Down, Just Get It Done

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My colleague and I were four days into a field exercise for an environmental impact statement or EIS. An EIS is a document every public project must complete to show what the short and long-term impacts would be if it were completed. They tend to be large and expensive.

2011 186

My Enterprise 2.0 Toolkit Q1 2010

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Lately I've received several requests for my most current Enterprise 2.0 toolkit. I've hesitated writing it down because it really does seem to change from month to month. But now I'm thinking that having a placeholder for future posts is a good idea.

2010 222

Aliens and Your Retrospective: The Will Smith Effect

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In 1977 and 1978 there were 1,185 UFO sightings by Brits. Nearly two UFOs a day were apparently buzzing England – one can only imagine it was to get tickets to see Queen at Wembley. What was going on that had the UK’ers looking up from their mushy peas long enough to see UFOs?

2011 184

Speaking from Power in an Uncertain WorldCollaberwocky Episode 3

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Are you a manager trying to get by in a flat or agile company? Do you find the role of manager repeatedly maligned? This is more than just “It’s lonely in the middle.” There are significant positive shifts in making the workplace more productive, efficient and effective.

2012 170

Long Live the Community

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There’s change in the wind and I like it. The Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LSSC) has evolved to the Lean Systems Society (LSS). I was never a member of LSSC, but I am a founding fellow of LSS. LSSC was a very necessary institution to begin talking about Lean in software development.

2012 163

Smiles Everyone Smiles! Why You Should Fear the Availability Heuristic and How Subjective Well Being Can Save Us From It.

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Years ago, Ricardo Montalban (known to his friends as Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino) understood that our moods were signals. Messages that told people that things were going okay, not-so-okay, or downright horribly. Below, those things are smilees.

2011 179

I Know It When I See It (Anchoring Bias)

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“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within ["hard-core pornography"]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.”.

2011 179

Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap Series: Quote #3I Was Thrown Out of NYU

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Quote #3 - I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final, you know. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

2011 169

Collaboration over Process

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( This is the first in a Daily Thoughts series. I used to blog every day, but during the writing of the Personal Kanban book and creation of the Personal Kanban website , I fell out of practice. This is getting back to true blogging.

2011 176