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New Blog Launch – Lean Math!

In the fall of 2009, I launched Gemba TalesTM in anticipation of the Kaizen Event Fieldbook. Truthfully, it was something that I was told authors do – “You need to have a blog to promote your book.”

Well, sort of.

Blogs, in my opinion, should emanate less from a marketing imperative and more from a sense of sharing and community. That’s a whole lot more fulfilling.

So, with like mind, I would like to announce a new entrant into the lean blogosphere, it’s called Lean MathTM (

I know what you’re thinking, “Lean Math?!” Now, that’s a subject that evokes passion in the heart of every lean practitioner…right?

But, the truth is effective lean transformations require some level of math, whether it’s the often deceptively simple takt time calculation, sizing kanbans, calculating process capability, or anything in between. It’s hard to get away from math.

There is no such thing as math-free lean and certainly not math-free six sigma!

Lean MathTM is not intended to be some purely academic study and it does not pretend to be part of the heart and soul of lean principles. (Can you say niche?) Rather, it’s a tool and a construct for thinking. Here we want to integrate lean math theories and examples with experimentation and application.

Some background. Within the next year, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers will be publishing a book, tentatively entitled, Lean Math. I started this thing a LONG time ago, just ask SME!  And, I’m not going it alone this time, Michael O’Connor, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Mike) is co-authoring this work. We’re also getting a ton (!) of help from Larry Loucka, friend, colleague, and fellow-blogger at Lean Sigma Supply Chain.

No surprise, we’re the three folks who are launching the Lean Math Blog. The formal launch date is February 14th – because we LOVE math! Ok, love may be a bit strong. We really LIKE math.

Here are some of our first blog posts:

  • Time
  • Cycle Time
  • Square Root Law
  • Available Time

I even made an introductory video for the new site. First video ever. And it’s about math…!?! Scary.

The categories or topics that we’ll ultimately address with future posts include the following. Go here if you want to see the detail.

  • Systems
  • Time
  • “Ilities”
  • Work
  • Inventory
  • Metrics
  • Basic Math
  • Measurement

Yes, there’s a lot of ground to cover. That’s why the book draft is so stinking big!

Please check out the site and subscribe to RSS or email to catch future posts. If you’re so inclined, make a comment and start a conversation and/or share the posts with other folks  through social media (we’ve got the buttons). Also, please like us on Facebook (Lean Math Blog) and follow us on Twitter (@LeanMath) and on our LinkedIn company page (Lean Math Blog).

Admittedly, we’re just getting started, we will continue to add new content in a variety of categories. Through our own application of PDCA, we’ll endeavor to improve the site and increase the value to our readers.

Ultimately, we hope that you will join our fledgling Lean MathTM community and that it lives up to our blog tag line, “Figuring to improve.”

Related posts: Does Your Cycle Time Have a Weight Problem?, Musings About FIFO Lane Sizing “Math”, Guest Post: “Magical Thinking”


Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2012 – Shmula

Peter Abilla

This is the second of my two contributing installments for John Hunter’s fifth annual review roundup. In this post, I am honored to review Peter Abilla’s blog Shmula, a blog about, “business, technology, and stuff in between.”

I must admit, I have no idea what a “Shmula” is, be it noun, verb, adverb, obscure lean acronym…

However, I do know that Peter Abilla is a thought leader, speaker, consultant, and professor, among other things. He’s got a very refreshing blogging approach, both in perspective and content. Heck, Peter studied math, philosophy, and more. I studied math, theology, and other stuff.

We’re practically related!

Truly, Peter is unique. His posts touch upon not only lean manufacturing, but queueing theory, and operations research. He is not your stereotypical ex-ops guy.

Abilla wrote 76 posts during 2012. Here’s a quick summary on just a smattering of his work.

OK, so there are 71 more 2012 Shmula posts to check out. I do hope that you visit Peter Abilla’s blog.

Please let me know if you figure out what a “Shmula” is.

Also, please see ALL of John Hunter’s 2012 Management Blog Carnival activity right here. The lean blogosphere has so much to offer.

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2012 – Old Lean Dude

Bruce Hamilton

This is the first of my two contributing installments to John Hunter’s fifth annual review roundup. In this post, I am honored to review Bruce Hamilton’s Old Lean Dude blog, “a blog about understanding TPS and gaining its full benefits, brought to you by ‘The Toast Guy’.”

Bruce is the President of the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP), is Vice Chair of the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, and all-around lean evangelist.

While Bruce has been blogging for just two years, his lean thought-leading presence has been around for many years. I have met Bruce personally several times and have listened to him speak on a handful of occasions.  My consistent experience can be summed up as follows:

  • Wow, what a humble, unassuming, down-to-earth person!
  • He just expanded my lean-thinking (again)!
  • Bruce lives and embodies the GBMP tag line of people-driven improvement, “Everybody. Everyday.”

Make no mistake, Bruce may be known as the Toast Guy (I have used the Toast Kaizen DVD for training purposes nearly 100 times), but he is really a sensei…and I reserve that term for very, very few folks.

Oh yes, Bruce’s blog…

Bruce has been a busy blogger. There is a ton of great content, written in his own inimitable style.

While I can only share a few his posts (below), you will do well to explore Mr. Hamilton’s blog.

  • They Assessment. Bruce gets the reader to reflect about culture and an organization’s use of the word “they.” Lean transformations are by no means immune to us versus them thinking.  In fact, “they” word counts and lean success is inversely proportional.
  • What Does 3p Stand for? There’s the technical side of 3P and the people side. Hamilton shares both within the context of a real-life example. Great stuff!
  • WIP It. Two things: 1) the Old Lean Dude and his team are great at didactic entertainment, and 2) Bruce can’t sing! Check out the post and check out the video below. Can anyone say, “Lean Devo”?

  • High Level Ignorance. Remember the 8th waste? Bruce provides insight into perhaps the root cause behind that waste. Hint- it ain’t the “low level employees.”
  • Too Happy Too Soon. Bruce just posted this one today. Here, he shares a real life experience around SMED with a deeper learning about when to expand beyond pilot-mode. Our impatience can limit our level of improvement.

I truly hope that you visit Bruce Hamilton’s blog. The Old Lean Dude can teach the willing student new tricks!

Also, please check out ALL of John Hunter’s 2012 Management Blog Carnival activity right here.

Related posts: Management Improvement Carnival #126, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – Steven Spear, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – Lean Blog, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – A Lean Journey


Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – Steven Spear

This is the final of my three contributing installments to John Hunter’s fourth annual review roundup. In this installment, I

Steven Spear

am honored to review Steven Spear’s self-titled site.

Steven’s website, I hesitate to call it (only) a blog, accurately reflects that he is a “lecturer, author, and expert in leadership, innovation, and operational excellence.” I don’t think that there is any hyperbole in the description.

His website categories include articles on the auto industry, business strategy, economy recovery, health care, process excellence, and Toyota. Not totally unexpected from a senior lecturer at MIT.

Spear is a five-time Shingo Award winner for his works that include the book, The High Velocity Edge (previously known under the title, Chasing the Rabbit), and the Harvard Business Review articles, Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System (co-authored) and Fixing Health Care from the Inside.

Bottom line, some fancy themselves as “thought leaders,” Steven Spear is the real deal. Like many great sensei, he can reduce what most folks cannot readily fathom into graspable concepts, while at the same time eschewing shortcuts.

He’s the guy you want the lean wannabe leaders within your organization to heed.

Here is a brief survey of Steve’s 2011 articles. Note the consistency within his message.

  • Operational Excellence: From Fragmented Vocation to Principle-Driven Profession. Now here is an absolute gift. Steven’s post addresses the notion of how the parochialism of the different camps – lean, TPS, six sigma, lean six sigma, TQM, etc. isn’t necessarily productive. His seven page paper of the same name (here’s the “gift” part – a PDF of the paper!) highlights the “commonality in objective, commonality in path, and compliment in approach” amongst the different vocations. All, when well applied, embrace the following principles:
  • Design work to capture [the] best known approach,
  • See problems when and where they occur, and
  • Solve problems with discipline.
  • …but what is the cost of stupid? We’ve all heard the truism, “you can’t fix stupid,” but I can honestly say, I never thought about the cost…until I read this brief and pointed post.
  • First, recognize that all professional disciplines—those that rise to prominence in organizations—are built on simple, sound principles (be they called ‘theories,’ like option pricing theory, or ‘laws,’ like laws of Newtonian mechanics or thermodynamics), and expertise is displayed by the application of those principles to ever more sophisticated situations in order to create value.
  • Second, reframe operational excellence to be like other professional disciplines, moving from the vocational application of tools, artifacts, and isolated applications and moving to bona fide principles of design, operation, and improvement in pursuit of maximizing created value [not merely eliminating waste].
  • What is a QI project… In response to someone’s question about how to define a QI (quality improvement) project. Steven, no surprise, cautions against tool-kit thinking. He then summarizes the core capabilities of exceptionally performing organizations:
  • Design work with sufficient specificity to capture best known approaches and to operate work systems to reveal problems when and where they occur.
  • To swarm problems when seen both to contain their spread and to investigate their root causes and develop treatments/countermeasures while the problem is still ‘hot.’
  • To share and incorporate systemically what is learned locally.
  • To lead so as to develop the seeing problems, solving problems, sharing learnings behaviors.

I hope that you visit Steven Spear’s site, read his excellent content, and purchase his book and articles.

Also, please check out ALL of John Hunter’s 2011 Management Blog Carnival activity right here!

Related posts: Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – A Lean Journey, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – Lean Blog, Management Improvement Carnival #126


Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – A Lean Journey

Tim McMahon

This is the second of my three contributing installments to John Hunter’s fourth annual review roundup. In this installment, I am honored to review Tim McMahon’s A Lean Journey blog.

Tim founded his blog in 2009 and is its primary contributor. We both live in the same geographic area and have shared several animated lunches over the last 18 months. The cuisine each time was Japanese…I know, I know.

Tim is a very talented, patient (he has coached this bumpkin on Twitter basics, for example), and humble person. He readily admits that he is learning, just like all genuine lean folks should. These admirable characteristics, when combined with his diligence, yield a terrific and continuously evolving blog.

Tim’s article, Top 10 Posts of 2011 on A Lean Journey, reflects how he published 230 posts last year! During that time his readership has increased tremendously – nearly 79,000 people visited his site in 2011.

This may make Tim the James Brown of lean blogging. Introducing Tim McMahon, the Hardest Working Man in Lean Blogging!

Anyway, before I review a handful of Tim’s top 2011 posts, I would like to share some of his blog’s regular features:

  • Lean tips. Tim frequently posts concise tips for the lean practitioner. For example, tip #371 is “Think Before You Speak.” The blog’s hyperlink will bring the reader to A Lean Journey Facebook page with further explication.
  • Lean quote. Every Friday (where does he get the time?), Tim posts an article around a particular lean or lean related quote. The November 11th quote was, “Success always starts with failure.” So true.
  • Lean Roundup. Each month, Tim compiles a list of highlighted posts from the lean blogosphere. Sometimes, I am fortunate enough to be included – like in October’s Lean Roundup.

Now, here is a brief survey of several of Tim’s top 2011 articles:

  • 12 Ways to Start Building a Continuous Improvement Culture. This post shares the slides from Tim and occasional webinar partner (and fellow-blogger at Gotta Go Lean), Jeff Hajek’s webinar of the same name. Three of the 12 ways include: plan for 10% improvement time, have the proper attitude towards failure, and don’t harvest (all of your) gains. Go to the article to see the other 9 ways contained within the 18 page slide deck.
  • Ten Ways to Show Respect for People. The Toyota Way is founded on two pillars, continuous improvement and respect for people. Tim shares ten straightforward, but not necessarily easy ways, to show respect for each individual. How can you do it? Keep your promises, be on time, look at people when they talk, let the buck stop with you…
  • Visual Management Board. This article is primarily about Lantech’s Allison Meyer, as she explains within the embedded video how she and her team manage marketing activities using A3’s and a related visual board. Maybe, someday, I’ll embed a video that’s not Monty Python or cartoon related.
  • The 6 Pillars of 6S – Free Posters. There’s nothing like free stuff, especially if it’s good. Here Tim provides PDF versions of his company’s 6S posters. Why re-invent the wheel?

I hope that you visit Tim McMahon’s blog, read his excellent content, and participate in his ever-growing community.

Also, please check out ALL of John Hunter’s 2011 Management Blog Carnival activity right here!

Related posts: Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – Lean Blog, Management Improvement Carnival #126, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – John Shook’s Lean Management Column, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Lean Homebuilding, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Evolving Excellence


Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2011 – Lean Blog

Mark Graban

This is the first of my three contributing installments to John Hunter’s fourth annual review roundup. In this installment, I am honored to review Mark Graban’s Lean Blog, a “blog about Lean in hospitals, business, and our world.”

Mark founded Lean Blog in January 2005, and is its lead blogger and podcaster. (By the way, back in 2005, I couldn’t even spell the word “blog.”  Of course, as I often prove, there are a lot of words that I can’t spell properly.)

When I think lean blogger, the first person that enters my mind is Mark Graban. Quite frankly, Mark is a prodigious blogger. He generates an amazing quantity of unique, entertaining, thought-leading and thought-provoking material.

Accordingly, my simple roundup entry cannot do this lean social media giant justice. Fortunately, if you desire a MUCH better and more comprehensive collection of the best of Lean Blog 2011, Mark Graban has an answer…

True to his pioneering nature, Mark is offering an eBook of 2011 Lean Blog posts. It is a compilation of many of his best posts…using a unique “Lean Publishing” technique.

In any event, here is my measly sample of excellent 2011 Lean Blog articles:

  • (Complaining About) Resistance is Futile. Mark’s post first hits the reader in the gut with Stephen Parry’s tweet, “The resistance to change is proportional to your lack of leadership.”  Mark challenges folks to reflect on why there is resistance…and then to appropriately address the root cause(s), NOT use the fog of resistance as an excuse for unsuccessful transformation.
  • Does Setting a Goal for Number of Kaizens Violate “Kaizen Spirit”? Here Graban reminds us why Deming cautioned against the use of quotas. Kaizen must be intrinsically motivated, but do targets around things like number of implemented suggestions per person per year or number of kaizen events make sense? Take a look at the “conversation” contained within the 25 comments that this post garnered.
  • Checklists Promoted and Debated on “Grey’s Anatomy” Mark routinely and effectively interjects popular culture (including a Grey’s Anatomy scene) within his work. Checklists can be a critical tool of standardized work, as Dr. Atul Gawande, reflected within his book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. Mark forces the reader to think about the pragmatic use of the checklist.
  • Coaching, not Berating, when Mistakes are Made. Within this post, Mark shares an important lesson gleaned from college football coaching – both good and bad. His alma mater’s (Northwestern) coach, Pat Fitzgerald’s quote says a lot, “More than in the NFL, a college head coach’s reaction to adversity determines whether his team learns from mistakes or fears making them so much it makes more.” Lean shares a lot with college football.
  • What’s Changed in Lean Healthcare Since 2008? Mark is the author of the Shingo Award-winning book, Lean Hospitals and co-author of the forthcoming book, Healthcare Kaizen. So, his perspective on the evolution of lean healthcare is noteworthy to say the least. Some of his lean healthcare related observations:
    • Less tool-driven, greater attention to management systems,
    • More focus on quality, less on just cost, and
    • More focus on daily kaizen, not just events.

I hope that you visit Mark Graban’s blog, sample the lean social media smorgasbord, and participate in the amazing community that is the Lean Blog.

Also, please check out ALL of John Hunter’s 2011 Management Blog Carnival activity right here!

Related posts: Management Improvement Carnival #126, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – John Shook’s Lean Management Column, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Lean Homebuilding, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Evolving Excellence


Management Improvement Carnival #126

Gemba Tales is proud to host the 126th edition of the Curious Cat Management Improvement Carnival. Curious Cat’s founder John Hunter facilitates this sharing of lean thought-provoking posts three times each month.

The lean blogosphere continues to gain more great content from an ever increasing number of lean thinkers. Simply put, there’s a ton of great stuff generated by a host of really smart folks.

In order to compile this edition of the Carnival, I visited  many sites. I did not include all of the “big guns” (like Graban, Flinchbaugh, Miller, etc.) – one reason for the Carnival is to expose readers to some lean thinkers that they may not necessarily be familiar with.

I hope you access the links below and find the posts edifying. As you can see, some of the posts are grouped under certain themes. Enjoy.

Related posts: Management Improvement Carnival #99, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – John Shook’s Lean Management Column, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Lean Homebuilding, Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Evolving Excellence


Lean for Haiti. Lean for Humanity.

Several weeks ago, I was chatting with a colleague of mine. He shared his belief that lean is an “invention” that could and should be used for the greater good of humanity. Certainly, easier, better, faster and cheaper transcends mere profit. It’s about the stakeholders – customers, employees, owners, community, suppliers, etc. This is more than a noble sentiment.

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake. The carnage and destruction within the poorest nation within the western hemisphere was unbelievable. And the struggles continue, including an outbreak of cholera.

Mark Graban’s Leanblog recently shared a compelling story about Russell Maroni, a faith-filled, lean-practicing x-ray technician, and his 15 day mission to Haiti in February of 2010. Mark’s post, One Year Since the Haiti Earthquake – The Charity Journal Publication Available Now (from which I “borrowed” the picture, copyright Russell Maroni), gives insight into the mission. It also asks for assistance to promote the story as captured within the PDF document, After the Haiti Earthquake: A Healthcare Missionary’s Personal Journal.

Russell Maroni’s journal, published by Mark Graban, reflects Russell’s response to a co-worker’s invitation to join a small medical team visiting the earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince area. Russell is a lean trained x-ray technician at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. The journal even sports an A3 report, capturing the countermeasures that he put in place to dramatically improve the patient flow within his radiology tent!

The real story includes:

  • Russell’s faithful response to the missionary call
  • The moral and material support of his wife, co-workers, church, friends, and (most of his) family
  • Medical assessments of orphans
  • X-rays conducted on numerous patients – many to determine whom should be flown to the U.S. Comfort hospital ship and whom to operate on within the field hospital
  • Russell’s training of a Haitian man so that he could take and process x-rays after Russell returned the States
  • Various construction and repair projects – new latrine for an orphanage, installation of a solar-powered street light, repair of wheelchairs and crutches
  • The joyful and grateful nature of many Haitians even amidst the confusion, poverty, and physical and mental trauma

Please visit Mark Graban’s post, read the PDF document, and consider supporting an orphanage called Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH). NPH runs a free childrens’ hospital in Port-au-Prince. Russell Maroni would appreciate that.

If nothing else, know that lean is about people…at so many levels.

Related posts: Humility, or What Does Dirt Have to Do with Lean?, Subsidiarity: A (Medieval) Lean Principle

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – John Shook’s Lean Management Column

This is my third and final installment as part of John Hunter’s review roundup. John has hosted his annual blog review for three years now.  In this installment, I am pleased to review John Shook’s Lean Management Column, which was recently, more or less, retired. In his new capacity as Lean Enterprise Institute’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Shook will continue his monthly eLetters. Word has it that he will be contributing to the yet to be launched A3 Dojo column at LEI’s website.   

Many of us have enhanced our lean knowledge by reading (and then applying) one or more of John Shook’s books (sorry, I couldn’t avoid the rhyme). He has authored the outstanding book, Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process and co-authored: Learning to See, Lean Lexicon, and Kaizen Express. Yes, I own all four!

According to John, his philosophy around the Lean Management column, which he pointedly did not want to call a “blog,” was characterized by the Claude Levi-Strauss quote, “The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.” If you’ve read Managing to Learn, this makes a lot of sense!

Here are a few of John’s posts:

  • Detroit’s Auto Show Overshadowed by Dr. Womack’s Trashing of Toyota. Here Shook refers to Womack’s call for everyone to move beyond Toyota. John takes this opportunity to talk about the limitations of the word “lean” as well as the self-induced constraints around the use of “TPS.” In the end, he states that lean/TPS is really good old PDCA in the Deming sense and operationalized by Toyota.
  • Don’t Gloat too Quickly – If this Could Happen to Toyota, It Could Happen to You. John talks about more than Toyota’s bungled PR efforts around their 2010 quality woes. PR is, in many ways, superficial. Shook hopes that the crisis helps, “deepen even further the development of people and a culture in which everyone is focused on doing the right thing.” Taiichi Ohno knew that a crisis had value.
  • Arigatou NUMMI.” John Shook reflects upon the closing of NUMMI, the GM-Toyota joint venture where he was first exposed to lean 25 years ago.  “The biggest loss from the closing of NUMMI is for neither GM nor Toyota, but for the greater North American manufacturing community. NUMMI proved that the best manufacturing practices in the world could work right here in North America with a union workforce. And more than just prove that it could work, it showed how it could work.”

John’s 2010 Lean Management Column contains 10 articles. Certainly not a lot. In fact his last post was in April of 2010. But, no surprise, each article is profoundly insightful. I’ll take quality over quantity any day!

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Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Lean Homebuilding

This is the second of my three installments as part of John Hunter’s review roundup. John has hosted his annual blog review for three years now.  In this installment, I am fortunate enough to review the Lean Homebuilding blog authored AND illustrated (see left for an example), by JC Gatlin.

My first introduction to lean homebuilding was the Doyle Wilson case study within the lean classic, Lean Thinking. The external sensei who helped coach Doyle Wilson was none other than a close colleague of mine, Jim Cutler. JC Gatlin plumbs (no pun intended!) new lean homebuilding depths through his creative, entertaining and edifying blog…and his own cartoons are awesome. Unofficially, JC has got to be the preeminent lean cartoonist.

Here are a few of JC Gatlin’s articles from 2010:

  • 5 actions to get Building Partners committed to Lean on your jobsites. JC relates how the small town homebuilder can outmaneuver the big national guys by collaborating with building partners and applying lean together. Gatlin’s five suggested actions include the rigorous use of standard work instruction sheets, discussing first time quality inspection notes, and reviewing job readiness issues/opportunities with the building partners and then executing the related countermeasures.
  • Where do PDCAs go when they die? An excellent question! JC reviews three important steps that will help the lean practitioner ensure that the plan-do-check-act process is brought to fruition, meaning that, among other things, the countermeasures are implemented, validated/adjusted, the new methods are standardized and the PDCA is documented and archived.
  • 10 Sales Kaizens that will change your business. Everyone knows that the national homebuilding industry is a BIT depressed. Here the Lean Homebuilding blog shares 10 completed mini-sales kaizen activities – most with validated improvement results.
  • Construction-Sales Gemba Walks: Don’t get blindsided by surprises. JC reminds us all of the importance of gemba walks…and doing it as a cross-functional team, while sharing some best practices within his industry.
  • The Strategy Deployment A3. Here Mr. Gatlin provides an overview of A3’s for the strategy deployment process. Strategy deployment A3’s have become more prevalent in the recent years (many of us older lean folk didn’t use the A3 for such purposes 10 to 15+ years ago…) and help drive necessary rigor.

Please visit the Lean Homebuilding blog, read the articles, enjoy the original cartoons and comment on the posts.  JC Gatlin regularly shows how lean principles, systems and tools transcend industry boundaries.

Related post:  Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – Evolving Excellence, Management Improvement Carnival #99