Monthly Archives: November 2007

Limiting Work in Progress (WIP)

For me, it’s all about getting the backlogs together and putting strict limits on WIP. It is a mess to find a bottleneck, or get to done, when too many things are in flight. Remember: there is one expedite slot to override WIP, but only one. Two ways to limit WIP: With the value stream mapped, look at the resources within a certain step and ensure there are no more slots than people in that step. If there is an inability to get the value stream map, or while you’re going there, write a sticky for the name of each … Continue reading

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The Three Pound Gem

Last weekend my wife and I went to Body Worlds 2 in San Jose. It is a show we saw in Denver a couple of times, once for free as a preview for educators in the area. There is plenty of controversy surrounding the show, and I couldn’t help but compare the height of the bodies to myself, and they do seem very small in stature. There is a difference in the show this time, with a focus on the brain and nerve activity. Erica had just been to a conference for teaching gifted children and a lot of the … Continue reading

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