There Is No One Right Answer

The title of this post was inspired from Patterns in Design, Technology and Business, by Fred White. I often hear people say, “The only thing we can do now is (fill in the blank).” Really? The ONLY thing? I like having a little fun when I hear that. I quickly ask someone else, “Is there […]

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CBA Decisionmaking at the LCI Congress

A little over three years ago I had my first exposure to Choosing By Advantages Decisionmaking. Three colleagues were working on the California Prison Receivership hospitals program. CBA had found its way to that program from the Sutter Health Cathedral Hill project in San Francisco. There, John Koga, AIA had introduced the CBA Decisionmaking System […]

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Understand the Pull Planning Question

The first installment in the Pull Planning Primer explored the confusion people have between the activity they can observe and the outcomes they are pursuing with pull planning. One of the keys to success in designing a production system based on lean principles is to get all of the work experts who are supervising the […]

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Pull Planning Confusion

Many people misunderstand pull planning, a central practice in the Last Planner® System. It stems, in part, from an unfortunate characterization that some early LPS practitioners made. They called pull planning “reverse phase scheduling.” That name only tells one small part of the story. The purpose of pull planning is to design a project-based production […]

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Announcing Problems Is a Key Lean Behavior

Alan Mullaly, CEO Ford, gave an interview for the Financial Times, Alan Mullaly: in the Driving Seat at Ford, where he spoke about the breakthrough the management team had leading to breakaway company performance. In short, he adopted a “problems-first” environment. Mark Fields, head of the Americas business unit, announced at a weekly executives meeting that […]

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