Monday, March 17, 2003

Just In Time for Dilbert

If you didn't see "Dilbert" last Friday, check it out here.

Scott Adams, in only a handful of words, captures the essence of a Lean system. Delivering "Just in Time" means that promises are reliable. Those who make commitments will follow through. It implies trust and communication. Adams is so very funny because he captures the agony of making this happen.

It is good to laugh. At ourselves. We are funny.

And, when you get done laughing, read Hal Macomber's excellent paper Securing Reliable Promises on Projects. It is some of the clearest work I've seen on the subject. You will understand much better how to make and secure a promise that will not cause sharp, stabbing pain in the chest.

I hope this helpful.

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