Browsing All posts tagged under »Lean Six Sigma«

Working in the Weeds

July 31, 2012 by


12 months of two consulting project management engagements.  Digging in.  Pitching in. Working in the weeds! Since 2002 my career has been a blend of “doing” project management, business analysis, faclitation, agile and lean six sigma along with “teaching” those same subjects.  The last 12 months has been 95% of the doing.  Now that the […]

Celebration! 100,000 readers!

May 17, 2011 by


Time for a little celebration.  Today the TAPUniversity blog surpassed 100,000 visits or reads.  Over the last two years our blog readership and contributions have grown steadily.  Several hundred professionals check in each day and explore over 400 articles and growing.    We’ll continue to publish and hope you’ll share in our exploration of the Management […]

Agile Principle 1 – Customer Focus

February 4, 2011 by


The four values of the Agile Manifesto (Individuals, Customer, Working Software and Change) are further elaborated in twelve principles. The first principle is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. “ The first line provides the goal – satisfy the customer. That customer focus brings Agile […]

Management “Nexus” – the intersection of multiple disciplines

September 14, 2010 by


Nexus – 1. a means of connection; tie; link. 2. a connected series or group. 3. the core or center, as of a matter or situation. In geek’dom – a moderately successful 1994 Star Trek movie that saw one 700 year old guy named Soran (wonder if they’d been reading Tolkien) not only take on […]

The Cost of Multi-Tasking

December 22, 2009 by


If your goal is to maximize productivity, then multi-tasking could actually be a culprit. Although some simple tasks may be performed simultaneously, such as carrying on an idle conversation while washing dishes after dinner, without noticeably detrimental effects, the complex multi-tasking and frequent task-switching that we subject our minds to may actually decrease efficiency overall. […]

Process Lead Time

October 26, 2009 by


To better understand a process, Process Lead Time may be calculated.  This calculation is an foundational metric for both Lean and Six Sigma, or what is commonly referred to now as Lean Six Sigma. The formula for Process Lead Time = Work in Process (WIP) / Average Completion Rate. Work in Process is anything that […]