Jon Miller

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How Lean Transformations Achieve a Fast Takeoff, Part 1 of 2

Superintelligence, as defined in the book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom, is “any intellect that greatly exceeds the cognitive performance of humans in virtually all domains of interest.” Humans are already building and expanding upon intelligent systems, albeit slowly. The book asks questions about the future when machine intelligence, machine-human

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Lean is All About People – Or is It? 1 of 2

Lean is all about people. Few get very far arguing against this proposition because, when you do, you lose the people. As with any socio-technical system, engaging the people plays a large part in the success of lean. It feels good to say this because we are people, and it

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Will the Smart City be a Lean City?

Today we live in an era in which our phones, watches, household appliances and our homes themselves are getting smart. At the moment, all “smart” means is “internet connected”. This is a bit ironic as when humans connect to today’s internet we do and say things that are the opposite

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Has Anyone Seen My Target Condition?

Steve Kane pointed out last week in his excellent blog post how we need to be careful when practicing Toyota kata not to “ambush” each other by demanding to know “What’s the current condition?” or “What’s the target condition?” What exactly do these phrases mean? Not everyone is used to thinking in

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What is the Most Human Level of Complexity?

One of the goals of continuous improvement, or the management of any enterprise, always seems to involve reducing complexity. It is almost an article of faith that simplicity equals beauty and goodness. I’ve always had a vague nagging doubt about this. While things shouldn’t be complicated, it seems a certain

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Homo Sapiens Visualis

An interesting article suggested that the gap in artistic ability between early modern humans and relative Homo species such as the Neanderthals was due to differences in the way they hunted. The Neanderthals stabbed tamer prey at close range with spears, while early modern humans on open grasslands had to

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Looking Right at the Essence of TPS

My friend Reiko Kano began her career as Taiichi Ohno’s interpreter thirty years ago. She then supported Ohno’s disciples, the Shingijutsu consultants, for decades. She recently wrote a book about her experiences. One of her stories resonated with me in particular. In the late 1980s the world was just beginning

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The Seven Losses of High IQ Leadership

Given a choice between a leader who is dumb and a leader who is smart, most of us would choose the smart one. A smart leader will be able to draw on more knowledge, make better decisions, and find solutions to the group’s more difficult challenges. What if we had

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