Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

By Lora Cecere coe alignment Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

For most, it is the end of the quarter. While for others, the end of the fiscal year is looming. The end of any fiscal period is a good time to take stock, and reflect. So, I thought, what would be a better time to write an open letter to the CFO?  My goal is to help companies perform better in future quarters by improving alignment.

Let me share some background. Four years ago, I was in Europe attending a conference.… READ MORE

Humanitarian Supply Chain Analytics

By Dinesh Natarajan Humanitarian orgs Humanitarian Supply Chain Analytics

By Dinesh Natarajan and Jeff Keene. Ten years ago it was Hurricane Katrina. Five years ago it was the Haiti Earthquake. And this year, it is the Nepal Earthquake. Natural disasters are no longer anomalies, but rather a norm often associated with changing weather patterns and adverse human activities. In today’s world, where disasters seem to be striking humanity with great vengeance, the importance of humanitarian logistics and supply chain is indisputable.

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How Do You Avoid Email?

Nearly everything I need to do for my job involves opening email. I even open email to look for ideas before drawing a comic. And this is a big problem because there is no way to look at email without getting dragged down some unrelated rabbit hole.

I don’t know about you, but my email is almost always about something that needs to be done right away. Maybe it involves a group of people waiting to nail down a meeting time.… READ MORE

Passion & Spice Missing From Your S&OP Relationship?

By Patrick Bower share save 256 24 Passion & Spice Missing From Your S&OP Relationship?

During a recent IBF conference in Chicago I was asked numerous times about how to make Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) less boring.    It is not the first time.    This is a very common question.    I suspect this is becoming more common place as S&OP processes mature past “storming” and into “norming”.   When processes hit this inflection point it helps to draw on communication theory while at the same time asking hard questions about how the process is managed.… READ MORE

The Value of Men

I live in drought country (California) and this place is starting to turn into a prequel for Mad Max. Every other pickup truck on the road has huge water containers strapped to the back. That’s because the local waste water treatment plant gives away recycled water (non-drinkable) to anyone who wants to keep their lawn alive. 

I have yet to see a woman driving one of these improvised water trucks, although I’m sure it happens because this is not Saudi Arabia.… READ MORE

Document Control, Document Management & Content Managment

By Mary McAtee buried under paper Document Control, Document Management & Content Managment Document Control, Document Management and Content Management, Interchangeable terms?

There is a wonderful Indian Poem about a group of blind men describing an elephant. One man grabs the writhing trunk and exclaims that it is like a snake. Another man puts his arms around the massive leg of the animal and confidently describes it as a tree trunk. The last man runs his hands along the large flapping ears and declares that the other two men are clearly wrong and the elephant is birdlike with wings.… READ MORE

Blog question

Does anyone else have trouble reading this page using Chrome on a Mac laptop? (OSX: Yosemite 10.10.2)

My own blog is literally the only page I can’t see in normal form. It shows gigantic fonts. 

This is now the only thing keeping me on a Windows machine before the full switch to Apple.

(Changing font size in Chrome settings makes no difference on this page but does change others.)

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Camper successfully applies Operations Rules concepts

By Edith Simchi-Levi Camper 2 flexibility Camper successfully applies Operations Rules concepts

Camper was born in Majorca in 1975 based on a long standing family business. Today, it is one of the world’s leading companies in the footwear design industry, with more than 300 Camper stores and 4,000 authorized points of sale in 50+ different countries.The Camper Team is nowadays composed by more than 1,000 people committed to the company values that made the dream come true.

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AIDS Messes With the Wrong Engineer

What do you do if both of your parents die of AIDS?

You mourn, obviously. And you wonder why the universe singled you out for such harsh treatment. Maybe you get mad. There isn’t much else you can do.

Unless you’re an engineer. Then you change the world. Because you can.

But you might need another engineer to help. Changing the world often takes at least two engineers.

Christopher Alegeka (BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley) is taking a big swing at AIDS, with co-founder and CEO Anwaar Al-Zireeni (BS, and a MEng in Bioengineering from Berkeley).… READ MORE

The Famous Quote I Never Said

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You might have seen a quote on the Internet that is mistakenly attributed to me. It looks like this:

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

People like that quote so much that they have turned it into countless colorful posters and put it on products. A search for that quote got 451,000 hits.

But I never said it. 

Nor do I agree with it. It is literally the opposite of my opinion.… READ MORE

The Health Advice I Don’t Find Credible

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In other news…

In the Berkeley Start-up Blog, find out how bees can get you buzzed. As a bonus, save some rain forests too.

In Top Tech Blog, only God can make a tree. That is why I plan to build a religion around the new

The other day I read an , only God can make a tree. That is why I plan to build a religion around the new 3D printers that can print wood.

And how about a cyborg glove to make your human hand more useful?… READ MORE