The AntlerBoy’s Version of Standards

I challenged this weeks, Business901 podcast guest, Benjamin Taylor of RedQuadrant, to a discussion about standards. Joe: I’ve always professed that standards are what creates the wow in an organization. Because someone knows exactly how far they can go, their limitations, limitations of the company. They know when to step Continue reading

The 3 Legs of an Agile Business Practice


An Agile Business must have three pillars to stand on Process Agility, Technical Agility, and Personal Agility, says Patrick Waara of ResponseAgility. Patrick was the first and only Software Design for Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Xerox Corporation before launching ResponseAgility. He is also a certified Lean Six Continue reading

The Practice of Personal Agility

Patrick Waara was the first and only Software Design for Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Xerox Corporation before launching ResponseAgility.  Patrick has more than 30 years of experience in software and IT, including software development, web development, systems engineering, project management, networks, and IT infrastructure. He is my Continue reading

Lean Product Development Stack

This is a collection of Podcast Transcriptions, called Stacks (see below) through my Issuu channel: Lean Product Development Lean product development (LPD) is lean approach to meet the challenges of product development notably: Need for more innovative solutions Long development cycle times Many redevelopment cycles High development costs Long production Continue reading

Lean Service Design Webinar on September 23rd

Lean Service Design

The folks over at SimpliLearn have invited me to put on a webinar on Lean Service Design. I am very excited about the opportunity as this will be an accumulation of the past 2-years of experience I have gained since first introducing Lean Service Design in my eBook and accompanying Continue reading

Team Building with Six Sigma

In a podcast, I had Jeffrey M. Koff, the Director of Lean Six Sigma Learning on from Xerox we broke off on some of the discussion on Lean and Six Sigma and focused briefly on team building. You can read or listen to the entire podcast here Design for Six Continue reading

The Often Overlooked Topic of the Challenge in Toyota Kata

The first step of the Improvement Kata — “Understand the Direction or Challenge” — is often overlooked, but is highly important for the three steps that follow. In this video Tyler Fife shares experiences from BiAmp Systems in Portland, Oregon to provide an excellent description of what Challenge is, how Continue reading