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Tampa, Florida, United States
9 year US Army veteran I break out my service time as follows: 6 years in Military Intelligence and 3 years as a Cavalry Scout. I went into Electronics repair for 10 years and for the last 5 years I have been a Project Manager and Lean Six Sigma Change Agent.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Episode 5 is now published here and on iTunes

Here it is ready for your listening pleasure

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tightening up Episode 5

Did the first dry run on recording the Podcast. I am going in a different direction than I had originally thought. I am starting out with work place politics. Then I couple that with what is going on in the traditional political realm of national and state politics.

I am not choosing a side or talking about voting or such concepts as that. However I am talking about how to navigate these waters.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lean and Six Sigma in Politics USA!!!!

Where is this going?

Mr. George http://strongamericanow.com/  formerly of the George Group. The guys that brought Lean and Six Sigma to the Government.

Between him and Paul Akers http://leanamerica.org/ who is abusiness owner and entrapanuer.

These guys with ohter are now doing what they can to bring Lean and Six Sigma to the political part of the government system. The workers, day to day get it done slogging in the trences people in the Military use these tools everyday. Well the above two sites and the men behind them are pushing the methodologies into the political realm.

How will this affect the practictioners? Well listen to the podcast which will be up by Friday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to Basics

What is it about the soft skills that are so hard to learn?

They are the unquantifialbe parts of the skill sets that are a must. These are the skills that are not able to be measured from cause and effect. However they can make or break a project.

These skills are aquired, as some would say, only through hard trial and error in day to day work and life. More on soft skills and how to build them up in the podcast.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Resources I use

http://www.leanblog.org/ This is great for Lean in healthcare

 http://www.isixsigma.com/ Great general Lean and Six Sigma information

http://www.pmi.org/ The house of Project and Program Management

http://asq.org/index.aspx Go here for a start on quality

http://www.apics.org/default.htm These guys get into Lean and other things

Monday, August 8, 2011

Prep for next podcast

I am looking at a more meaty episode.

I know some people out there may be wondering about certifications. Where, who, and how.

The main thing to remember is when looking at certification you need to determine if you have to be certified in a specific discipline. If not then look at the tool set you might need and become proficient in the use of them.

Lean, Six Sigma, Project Management, Business Process Management, etc etc.

Which one do you focus on? Which one do you do?

You do what is appropriate for the business culture you operate in. You use the tools that better make your environment more adventagious to you. These are all tools, a tool is used on an item. Some tools can do more than one job, however, when possible the best tool should be used. You do not use a screwdriver to drive a nail.

I will go into this in the podcast in some depth.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Episode 2 is now up.


This is the roll out the project episode. Some things to think about in there.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Podcast Episode 2

I will record it tonight on my way home.

I will start with a little bit of rolling out projects. This will dove tail into getting buy in from management for additional changes. The key subject for this episode will be "Moving Forward In A Backward Thinking, Fast Moving Company."

This will be fun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Podcast Process

Well I finally got the first Podcast up.

This was an interesting journey. First I had to get the correct software in my iPod to record the podcast. Then I went through two microphones before I could get a clean sound. After all of that it came down to recording several times.

Finally I had to learn to get it from the iPod to the hosting site. That was an experience. Not for the technical issues that was easy. It was more about time management issues. I have to squeeze this between work and home. I record the podcast in my car on the way home. Then I have to find a time to load it. Well I figure I can record on Wednesday and Thursday and have it loaded up on Fridays from now on. I'll get a full blown blog post up to support the podcast by the following Tuesday.

Podcast Episode 1 update

This episode has not yet been released. This embed will work on 2011-08-02 11:54:08

Podcast Episode 1 is almost up

I will have the podcast up in very short order. Then I will start talking about the next item.