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On soccer and statistics: don’t reduce people to data!

On soccer and statistics: don’t reduce people to data!

The FIFA World Cup is in full swing. So, how about we have a closer look at soccer? While it used to be a purely physical activity, data has played an increasingly important role to soccer teams across the globe. As it turns out, leveraging statistics is worth their while. That’s great, but in the …

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‘Bad data’ doesn’t exist (but ‘good data’ is a thing!)

‘Bad data’ doesn’t exist (but ‘good data’ is a thing!)

Some things in life are debatable. When it comes to politics, books, or movies, for example, people engage in heated discussions to convince others of their views. During Thanksgiving dinners and at birthday parties, words like “good,” “bad,” “beautiful,” and “terrible” fly around the room. In these cases, your truth isn’t the truth. Opinions are …

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Empower your employees with knowledge [or, a sloppy doctor’s Visual Management lesson]

Empower your employees with knowledge [or, a sloppy doctor’s Visual Management lesson]

A recent visit to my GP showed me what sloppiness and indifference look like. When an expert displays such behavior, it can have serious consequences. That applies to all aspects of life and business — including Visual Management. Who’s the expert again? The other day, I went to see my general practitioner. I’ve had a …

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The lost runner (or, how not to go about Visual Management)

Tragedy of a lost runner (or, how not to go about Visual Management)

The other day, I went for a run in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. It’s in the heart of Greensboro, NC, which I’ve called home for many years. I know my way around the city and its parks, so the last thing I expected was to get lost. Within an hour, though, I’d hit a …

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Don’t burden the back office! Lessons from apple picking

Don’t burden the back office! Lessons from apple picking

In my spare time, I pick apples. Even though I enjoy it, the systems in place are far from perfect. And they can teach us a lot about Visual Management. Let’s discuss them briefly to see what not to do when implementing an information sharing strategy in your organization. Red, reddening, or green(ish): the pickle …

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Playtime on the work floor: what Lego pieces teach us about data filtering

Playtime on the work floor: what Lego pieces teach us about data filtering

A few weeks ago, we cleaned the house and decided to sell our Lego collection. As I waited for the buyer to drop by, my thoughts drifted. I remembered how all those colorful pieces were once scattered around the house. After nearly tripping over them about a dozen times, I helped organize and make sense …

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Change the wheel, keep the car: how to make your Visual Management investment pay off

A Visual Management solution is just like your dream car. Once you’ve started using it, you don’t want a slight change in the external world to wreak havoc. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens if your process completely relies on your new system. The minute you need to connect a new system, your solution shakes to …

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How to make optimal use of our resources in times of scarcity (or, my DIY epiphany moment)

How to make optimal use of our resources in times of scarcity (or, my DIY epiphany moment)

A few days ago my arm got stuck in the toilet during a failed DIY attempt to fix it. I’ll spare you the details — suffice to say I was home alone and my phone was not within reach. So, I had to wait until my wife got back from the grocery store to release …

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Does your work environment foster employee happiness?

Does your work environment foster employee happiness?

Recruiting and retaining skilled employees is a challenge. From personal development programs to annual company outings: organizations pull out all stops to convince talent they should pick them over the competition. But at the management level, a crucial aspect is often overlooked: a work environment that helps employees get the most out of themselves. When …

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How to get the most out of your information sharing strategy

Want to get the most out of your information sharing strategy? Be willing to reflect and change!

“We’ve always gone about things this way, so why change?” It’s a question that seems to be ingrained in many people. “Why reinvent the wheel?” they say. “As long as it keeps rolling we’re fine, aren’t we?” And yes, we might be. But “fine” is not “optimized.” If you settle for “good enough,” you’ll never …

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