Category: Business and Industrial

A Game of Monkey See, Monkey Do

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go…

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Myths About Operations Management

Do you know the biggest myths about Operations Management? Keep reading to learn more. Myth #1: There Are No Additional Expenses Associated With Changes to Procedures and Processes Changes that…

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Asking the Right Questions

An automated processing operation based their processing hours on the availability of mail. Over the course of a year, the manager noted that the automated system was barely able to…

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10 Most Common Pitfalls of Performance Management

Companies around the world spend millions of dollars and expend countless hours of effort on performance management initiatives every year. Despite armies of indoctrinated managers, many employee giveaways, and the…

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Is An All-Star Team Realistic?

Let’s face it, while most managers would like to have an all-star team; most realize that it seldom happens. Sure, we all are fortunate enough to have a couple of outstanding managers,…

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Diminishing Returns Illustrated

As you may know, I talked about diminishing returns in a previous post, The Point of Diminishing Returns. In that post, I explained how it didn’t make sense to spend…

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Details, Details…Why They Matter

We live in a new age. Technology has streamlined processes, placing operations light years ahead of their labor-intensive predecessors where manual methods were the only option. Since the initial productivity…

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The Space Shuttle and the Horse’s Rear End

Did you know the US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches? That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because that’s…

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Technology Sirens

Charles Momsen may not be a household name. But he gained notoriety in the 1920s when he was awarded the US Navy’s Distinguished Service Medal. It was the early days…

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How To Improve Your Business Process Acumen

With all the automation in business, more information and data is available than is used. Less than 0.5% of all data is every analyzed and used.1 Data Rich and Information…

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