Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stuff I Have Found Interesting Today

This consultant dug through the Chrysler bankruptcy papers to see they had "...40 people at the average dealer to sell and take care of 1.5 cars sold per day.  Plus another 3 or 4 people back at Chrysler to handle the paperwork." Toyota sold 1.5 times the number of cars with less than half the number of dealers. "As the lean community knows all too well - DIRECT LABOR IS NOT THE PROBLEM!" Great quote from Will Rodgers to boot "If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they do on advertising, then they wouldn't have to advertise them."

Ignore sunk costs

Great point that is useful for everyday life.

I now want an android phone...too cool!

"He operates at a strategic level, not the day-to-day work you’re involved in. Translation: He sits in his office, reading the Wall Street Journal and playing Sudoku, and will get the credit for anything you achieve."

One of the toughest job-interview questions ever 
Good story on the validity of problem questions. BTW I had never heard of the cuckoo hashing algorithm either!

John Heintz on the Lean & Kanban 2009 Conference 
Kanban is the new BUZZ WORD. I haven't seen anything worth reading until this one line: Kanban is "...Limit the number of things in work to a fixed number." I'm not sure that a fixed number is all that important, but I'm not omniscient.
Another good use of version control.

Interesting tool and competition is always a good thing.

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