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How innovation fits into the management of megaprojects

Innovation and project management have not always been thought to go hand-in-hand.  Although as a recent blog explained, increasingly the concept of agile project management is being adopted.  In this MIT Sloan Management Review article, Davies et al (2017) argue … Continue reading

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Timely reminder to have routines in place to tackle emergencies

Although this article is about hotels, it could apply to any organisation with physical infrastructure.  It is a no nonsense approach to emergency planning by Mac Segal.  At its heart are some fundamentals – risk assessment, assigning roles and responsibilities, … Continue reading

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Managing virtual teams

A feature of i4.0, digitisation, and globalisation is that some organisations, or parts of an organisation, have teams working together on a virtual basis.  They rarely meet in person, communicate with each other electronically, and may be working from home. … Continue reading

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How they assemble Rolls Royce motor cars

This video dispels all the stereotypes about manufacturing being dirty, noisy and oppressive.  No commentary, no background music, just the majesty of the assembly line.

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Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line strategy – risky or how every carmaker will go?

Fascinating article explaining how car makers go about setting up an assembly line for a new model.  Industry-wide practice is to “beta test” the line by using cheap, adaptable prototype tools that are scrapped once their output conforms to the … Continue reading

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital outstanding

Listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, Sarah-Jane Marsh, the CEO of Birmingham Childrens Hospital was inspirational.  Eight years ago this hospital was identified as having major shorting comings in three key areas of provision.  Today it is the … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about Six Sigma and never dared to ask?

Six Sigma is alive and well and flourishing on the iSixSigma website.  This provides all kinds of resources for industry professionals – articles, case studies, dictionary of terms, discussion forum, job opportunities, and other resources.  It is particularly helpful if … Continue reading

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Managing short-term inventory – baggage handling at Heathrow T5

So many reasons for posting this video about baggage handling at Heathrow T5: T5 features is a case study (8.2) in our book; the opening of T5 is generally considered to be a good example of how not to do … Continue reading

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Thoughts on innovation

See what four entrepreneurs have to say on this topic in this video here. Source: Fast Company

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The utility of big data, forecasting and research

I enjoyed Martyn Jones’ (no relation) blog on the Contradictions of Big Data.  He argues that the digital economy’s ability to generate a large amount of wide ranging data very quickly (so-called high volume, variety and velocity) does not change how … Continue reading

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