In the mid-1980s I came across a column in a magazine called Scientific American that intrigued me. Little did I know at the time that the concepts it contained would guide my approach to interacting with other human beings for decades to come. Read more »
Making a Huge Leap Forward after a Project Disaster
They had 18 months to pull off a revolutionary new product design and have it ready for a tradeshow, and their business was very literally on the line. One problem: The last project like this had taken four years. This mini-case explains how they pulled it off.
Poka-yoke is at the heart of prevention or mistake-proofing in product manufacturing. It plays heavily into industrial design and as we will see has a strong analog in the development of technology solutions for the customers. This article will focus on Poka-yoke in software design and delivery. The consequences of omission in a technology solution may not result in death or bodily injury in most cases. But a poorly designed software product which does not protect the user from making mistakes can still have serious consequences, including rework, business process impedance, distrust of the product, or creation of latent errors that are yet to be discovered. In broad terms, Poka-yoke is fool-proofing or idiot-proofing your product.
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Speaking up is a key leadership skill, whether or not you're officially the team leader. Everyone involved in a team effort should actively look for ways to improve, make recommendations, and generally be responsible to the team for the success of the project-to speak up.
Speaking up when we see a better course of action can be intimidating, but you can learn to do it effectively. Using the model and checklist in this guideline, you can make a good case in as little as five sentences. It may not end the discussion, but at least it will start it.
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