Tag Archives: Lean

Switching costs are real!

We talk about switching costs at my workplace – the time spent moving attention from one project to another.  Changing your focus requires you to wrap up what you are doing, perhaps before you had brought it to a natural … Continue reading

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If being data-driven is so good, why is it so hard?

I have long believed that fact-based decision making is better, but ironically there has been little evidence supporting that belief. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) conducted research on this very question in the fall of 2014, and concluded that “data-driven” … Continue reading

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Sustained focus

I was reminded again this past week about how all the new ideas about how to make change and improve things don’t make much difference without practice. I get excited when I read about something new that I can use … Continue reading

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Acceptance and change

It occurred to me recently that one reason we don’t learn from what we do is because of delays. A delay in the feedback loop between cause (action) and effect (result of action) makes it much more difficult to recognize … Continue reading

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Reflections on decision tracking

In recent posts I wrote about the possibility of changing how an organization makes decisions by changing how I make decisions and the impact of self-observation. For the past three weeks I have been tracking decision making behavior of both myself … Continue reading

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Learning by Doing

In my last post I reflected on whether people actually use data to make decisions.  I also spoke about direct personal experience as a form of data.  Experience informs most decisions, but not always in a consistent way.  We tend … Continue reading

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