Jan 21, 2014

FreshMIX: Entry into a community that needs you


Continuing my contributions to the Management Blog Carnival 2013, I’m going to tell you about FreshMIX.

          FreshMIX
                             daily dispatches from the management vanguard
As a blog, this is not the greatest, but as an entry into a website, it serves its purpose well. Blog posts become website content. The website, the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), is worth exploring. MIX describes itself as an “open innovation project aimed at reinventing management. (While it has support from some corporate sponsors like McKinsey and SAP, it seems to have no big-company bias.)
The MIX was designed for change addicts -- “all those who are frustrated by the limits of our legacy management practices” -- and I think that includes us. In a quest to develop more a
daptable, innovative, inspiring and socially accountable organizations, the MIX is meant to be a clearinghouse and a virtual laboratory.

The MIX principles are pretty consistent with current lean thinking:
  • Everyone Wins When Everyone Shares
  • Every Innovator Deserves a Hearing
  • ​Accomplished Innovators Deserve Acclaim
  • The Most Important Problem is the One You Care Most About
  • It's Good to be Humble
  • The Devil's in the Details
  • Innovation is a Social Process

To evaluate this blog for the Management Blog Carnival, I did a few quick searches to see whether there were posts about lean or continuous improvement or mentioned Toyota. It showed that, while blog posts didn’t reflect much awareness of the lean body of knowledge, there were Stories, Hacks, and Hackathons that did... 

Story: Pull vs. Push by Mark Bublitz.

Story: Operating at the Intersection of People, Process andTechnology to move an Industry Forward by Atul Khanzode

Story: "Ever Forward" Extreme Makeover – DPR ConstructionRebuilds their Continuous Improvement Process from the Foundation Up by Dan Tran - Project Engineer at DPR Construction

Hack: Learning From Failure - Turning an “Oops!” into an“Aha!!” by Leonardo Zangrando, Edna Pasher, Amanda Boonzaaier, Deb Seidman, Claire McCartney

Hack: Systems Thinking by Andy Lippok - Project Manager - Home Service & Supply at BSkyB

Blog post that originated from a Hackathon: Is big the enemy of good? How togrow without crushing agility and creativity by Joris Luijke, VP Talent & Culture at Atlassian

Another intriguing feature of the MIX are the M-Prizes, for people taking on big challenges. The current M-Prize challenge is the SAP Unlimited Human Potential Challenge. M-Prizes are not money or trips to Paris. They confer recognition on people sharing ideas, on multiple winners, and on spreading their ideas. The MIX also features Moonshots and Mavericks. MixTV is a little like TED, but you don’t have to be super-famous to be on it.


This an open network and community …

The MIX is yours. …A platform and a laboratory for you to advance your ideas, experiments, and passions around management innovation… the MIX is already the product of many minds — individuals from around the world with deep expertise and shared passion when it comes to reinventing management.


That means that you, dear reader, are invited too. Seriously, I want to see you submitting innovations, stories, and hacks (what you may call kaizens) that you have been part of. I want to see your opinion pieces in the blog. I want to see you participating in the Hackathons. I want to see you winning an M-Prize. I want you using this launch pad as a way to spread more lean thinking. 

Take it easy on the lean labels and tell good stories about how lean manifests itself at its best. Let’s push some management thought leaders like Gary Hamel, one of MIX’s leaders, into seeing lean not as a tool, but in its highest sense as an actionable philosophy. We have a lot to share, and would have a lot to gain, by really getting into the MIX.


Jan 17, 2014

Dr. Deming lives on in the Deming Institute Blog


Each year, lean and quality bloggers take a look at other great blogs in the Management Improvement Blog Carnival organized by John Hunter. 

One blog I want you to know about this year is the Deming Institute Blog. W. Edwards Deming taught us about processes, developing and testing theories, learning, and the human desire to make things better. Deming’s thinking was so deep that his books are very subtle -- it’s easy to miss the deeper meaning with only one read of one book.

That’s why continuing to interpret his work is so important and helpful. The need for people to dive in and spend years learning and explaining it to the rest of us is great. The Deming Institute continues to share his teachings by collecting his work and making it available and teaching his principles faithfully and accurately. The Deming Institute blog helps keep Deming’s work alive, not frozen in the past.

The blog's statement of purpose reads:

“...we will explore Deming’s ideas on management by examining at his works and exploring how the ideas are being applied in organizations today. While he was alive Deming continued to learn and add to his management philosophy. This blog will attempt to hold true to his ideas while also looking at how those ideas have been, and are being, extended and implemented.”

Several recent posts have shared video clips of new presentations from the 2013 Deming Institute conference, plus comments about them. While snippets of knowledge may take some work to interrelate, the four parts of Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge are explained by people who know their stuff. I came away with some new insights after a couple of hours on the blog, wandering around, reading and listening. John Hunter, our Blog Carnival leader, happens to be the chief blogger at the Deming Institute. Not only is he a web technology wizard (there’s no better word), but he is also steeped in the quality culture -- and is an excellent teacher.

Here are a few pages to spend some time with:





The blog’s content is not limited to videos from the conference. It also includes guest posts like this one from Tim Higgins, The Futility of a Numerical Goal, and John’s own perspectives.


Let’s not let Dr. Deming become merely a figure in the history of the quality movement. The Deming Institute blog is a great way to tap into his teachings every few days and continue his legacy into the present.

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