It's the handyman not the power drill

By Derek Nelson Handyman simpsons It's the handyman not the power drill

In Managerial Analytics, my co-author Michael Watson and I shared the (embarrassing) truth that although we were both sons of men who were very good at building and fixing things around the house (my dad was a professional carpenter for forty years), neither of us generally had a clue how to do things around our homes ourselves (though we do know how to search Angie’s List). Let’s say we needed to build a hand railing for a staircase.… READ MORE

Loser Choices

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE

Quality Assurance Documentation and Communication

By Mary McAtee

Teams: Life’s Lessons

My CEO sent around an interesting email that centered around a couple of my favorite subjects; personal and peer responsibility and assessing one’s impact or lack of it on the greater company good. I think that more than money or recognition the most important and soul satisfying aspect of work for me is having an impact on the broader view and the ultimate outcome of situations.

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Source: Quality Management 2.0 Blog… READ MORE

“Plan to Deliver” with JDA: Company Identity Touts Customer Value, Ability to Deliver More Intelligently and Delight Today’s End Consumer

By scn jda tagline logo new “Plan to Deliver” with JDA: Company Identity Touts Customer Value, Ability to Deliver More Intelligently and Delight Today’s End Consumer

“Plan to deliver” tagline succinctly reinforces JDA’s leading end-to-end solution suites — offering everything from “planning to delivery” for retailers, manufacturers and distributors

SCOTTSDALE, AZ and NEW YORK, NY – October 28, 2014– JDA Software Group, Inc., and Lippincott, a leading global branding firm, today unveiled a new brand identity and logo for JDA featuring an important new tagline for the company: “Plan to deliverTM.”

In today’s rapidly evolving retail and manufacturing markets, it is increasingly important to partner with the best solutions providers to drive sustained competitive advantage.… READ MORE

C’est FINI!

By Lora cecere

Fini is the French word for finished. I love the sound as it rolls off my tongue; but yes, the Metrics that Matter book is finished. I finished the page proofs last week. The book is the end of a long journey. It has been a team effort and I will be glad to hold one in my hand and smell fresh ink.

The book is a story of a supply chain leader named Joe. He does not want to be an average Joe.… READ MORE

C’est FINI!

By Lora cecere

Fini is the French word for finished. I love the sound as it rolls off my tongue; but yes, the Metrics that Matter book is finished. I finished the page proofs last week. The book is the end of a long journey. It has been a team effort and I will be glad to hold one in my hand and smell fresh ink.

The book is a story of a supply chain leader named Joe. He does not want to be an average Joe.… READ MORE

C’est FINIS!

By Lora cecere

Finis is the French word for finished. I love the sound as it rolls off my tongue; but yes, the Metrics that Matter book is finished. I finished the page proofs last week. The book is the end of a long journey. It has been a team effort and I will be glad to hold one in my hand and smell fresh ink.

The book is a story of a supply chain leader named Joe. He does not want to be an average Joe.… READ MORE

Feedback for Feminists

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE

Three Questions People are Afraid to Ask….

By Lora Cecere characteristics Three Questions People are Afraid to Ask….

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which there is a desire for harmony within the group, but the result is an irrational or dysfunctional outcome.  Wikipedia

You know the drill. The meeting is on everyone’s calendar. It has been set-up by the CEO or a board member’s assistant months in advance. The room is big, the powerpoint deck is large, and the coffee cups are arranged in neat rows on the counter of the side of the room.… READ MORE

Declining oil prices and your supply chain strategy

By Edith Simchi-Levi d7875dd9 54ae 4e85 9902 e81840012e35 Declining oil prices and your supply chain strategy

A few years ago, the concern was rising oil prices. In fact, in September 2008 , David Simchi-Levi, Derek Nelson et al.

published an article in the WSJ called Crude Calculations: Why high oil prices are upending the way companies should manage their supply chains.

The article pointed out some trends that were related to rising oil prices.

1) In-shoring – moving operations closer to the customers in order to avoid high transportation costs. This is also driven by changes in labor costs that make production in China and other low cost locations less attractive.… READ MORE

My iPhone 6 Plus Review

Disclaimer: I own some Apple stock

After a month-long wait – and salivating the entire time – I finally got my iPhone 6 Plus. I don't know how Apple manipulates my emotions so effectively but I am thoroughly impressed at the mental anguish they put me through while I waited.

My heart was racing as I removed the phone from its strikingly well-designed packaging. Apple makes the process of opening a box feel as if you are winning a prize. Every color, shape, texture and probably smell has been studied and tweaked to perfection.… READ MORE

New Blog Color Test

Let's test your sense of color and design.

The new design for this blog (under development) needs a background color for my posts. Studies show that different colors inspire different emotions, and that means that picking the right background color matters. Here are six candidate background colors upon which a black text (probably) will ride.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to simply “feel” each color and tell me which sensation feels most compatible with my writing style for this blog.… READ MORE