Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – February 2017

Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – February 2017

Sponsored By Issue: 2017-02 February 2017 Founder’s Corner Changing a Continuous Improvement Initiative into a Global Program   Joseph F Paris Jr   The “laws of nature” are absolute.  When we discover a contradiction to a supposed law of nature, it is not nature that is wrong, but our understanding and definition.  Once, it was believed that…

The Outliers Inn; Continuous Improvement Can Kill!

The Outliers Inn; Continuous Improvement Can Kill!

Topic: Antlerboy and JP talk with Steven Stanton, the author of “Smart Work: Why Organizations Full of Intelligent People Do So Many Dumb Things and What You Can Do About It.” on a surprising theme: how continuous improvement can kill! Steve’s a pioneer of process innovation who has worked for more than thirty years on improving the capability…

The Dark Side of Transparency

The Dark Side of Transparency

Mckinsey & Company explores the pros – and now- the previously overlooked cons of organizational transparency within the business world. When thinking of buyers and sellers rating each other on eBay, Airbnb, and Uber – transparency (sharing information freely) in the business world is generally considered a good thing insofar as accelerating information gathering and helping along…

Eroding exceptionalism: Internet firms’ legal immunity is under threat

Eroding exceptionalism: Internet firms’ legal immunity is under threat

It is contended that giant internet firms such as Google and Facebook like to view their rapid rise as the product of their founders’ brilliance. Others argue that their success is more a result of lucky timing and network effects – the economic forces that tend to make bigger firms even bigger. But often forgotten,…

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

Intensive care physician Peter Pronovost and chief engineers Alan Ravitz and Conrad Grant, contrasts the way we build hospitals to the approcah taken by an aircraft manufacturer upon deciding to create a new model. Where the former typically happens in a piecemeal, patchwork approach, the latter doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, to…

AI and the 2nd Industrial Revolution

AI and the 2nd Industrial Revolution

In this technologically oriented TED talk, digital visionary Kevin Kelly compares technology to the actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley – which is unpredictable, but of which the general direction is inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound…