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The Niagara River and cantilever bridgeComing February 4: Bottlenecks: Part I
Some people take on so much work that they become "bottlenecks." The people around them repeatedly find themselves stuck, awaiting responses or decisions. Why does this happen and what are the costs? Available here and by RSS on February 4
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A schematic representation of a MOSFETAnd on February 11: Bottlenecks: Part II
When some people take on so much work that they become "bottlenecks," they expose the organization to risks. Managing those risks is a first step to ending the bottlenecking pattern. Available here and by RSS on February 11
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January 28, 2015

The cockpit of an A340 Airbus airlinerThe Limits of Status Reports: Part II
We aren't completely free to specify the content or frequency of status reports from the people who write them. There are limits on both. Here's Part II of an exploration of those limits.

January 21, 2015

The REI parking garage in Denver, ColoradoThe Limits of Status Reports: Part I
Some people erroneously believe that they can request status reports as often as they like, and including any level of detail they deem necessary. Not so.

January 14, 2015

Panama Canal constructionAvoid Having to Reframe Failure
Yet again, we missed our goal — we were late, we were over budget, or we lost to the competition. But how can we get something good out of it?

January 7, 2015

Melrose Diner, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe Power and Hazards of Anecdotes: Part II
Anecdotes are powerful tools of persuasion, but with that power comes a risk that we might become persuaded of false positions. Here is Part II of a set of examples illustrating some hazards of anecdotes.

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