Author Archives: bjnbrown

Getting to the root cause of wicked problems

Eugen Oetringer writes “We Selected the Simple Solution. The Complex Solution Became a Worldwide Standard.” A key issue identified is: “In an increasingly complex world, root cause analysis changed from unrestricted analysis to analysis within defined boundaries, such as the boundary of an organization or a best practice.” When the… Read more »

Black Swans, Long-tails or just Willful Blindness? – Expect more Sandys

Our sympathy goes out to those in the NE impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Regardless of your stance on global warming, the facts are clear on one thing. We are into a period of increasingly extreme weather. NOAA reports that total precipitation amounts haven’t changed much but the rain/snow is coming… Read more »

Lean Solutions by Womack & Jones

Book Review: Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones, The Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. ‘an education, publishing, and research “do” tank.’ Clever ideas about applying lean, JIT manufacturing successes all along the value chain in the customer… Read more »

High Performance Project Processes

Organization at the Leading Edge: Introducing Holacracy™  By Brian J. Robertson Summary Dynamic Steering There are three key rules for effective dynamic steering: The goal at any given moment is to find a workable decision, not the “best” decision – make small workable decisions rapidly, and let the best decision… Read more »