Congress is continuing to fight about the budget cuts and furloughed air traffic controllers…even though they found agreement over how to solve the wide-spread problem of delayed flights. One group argues the bill is a band-aid while the other group calls it a good solution. Which was it?
I suggest it was a good solution.
A basic principle of JIT (Just-in-Time) Manufacturing is to keep lowering the water table (a.k.a. inventory levels) until large rocks (problems) are first revealed. Hold at that level until you remove the rocks. Then repeat by lowering the water table (inventory) some more until the next smaller rocks (problems) are revealed and removed.
We just witnessed how processes and projects actually improve. We lowered the Federal spending until a problem was discovered. Then we fixed the first big problem that reared it’s head. Now, we should lower the spending some more. (It’s unfortunate that Congress isn’t smart enough to proceed to that next step).
Your Projects will work the same way. Lower your spending (or shorten the schedule) and find your rocks. Remove them. Then repeat. Ignore those who spend all their time and energy criticizing the process.
PS: Did you catch this news fragment today? The Federal Government made their first debt payment in 6 years. Maybe the automatic cuts actually helped. I am disappointed that the media focuses more on the hysteria of failure than these few steps of progress.
Thanks for listening.