First Out, Then Back as a novel throughput model

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This morning Ari Meisel and I traded emails on a design topic from an uncommon point-of-origin. We’d originally connected through his post on Entrepreneur’s week. In process flow, there are two main divisions: FIFO, or first-in, first-out and LIFO, last-in, first-out. FIFO applies when a pipe is open on both ends, while LIFO applies when ...

Systems Thinking & Sashimi 3

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Just recently I had the occasion to speak about our company’s flagship product (big surprise there, eh?). After several examples didn’t bring the lightbulb of recognition to my listener’s eyes, what did work was explaining that sashimi tastes better because it’s in such thin slices that there is more surface area, in other words, you ...

Book Review: The Tower and the Bridge

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Lessons from David Billington’s The Tower and the Bridge Buy the book and support us through our Amazon-affiliate bookstore. In the continuing series of drawing practical life lessons from the technology around us, here’s the standard disclaimer: no copyright claim on quoted works, fair use for instructional purpose, all rights inure to benefit of holder, ...

Capacity Building Concepts

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Finally getting around to putting thoughts together on the capacity concept. I’m convinced we need to have a three-tiered structure with increasing levels of detail. Beginner: learners, journeymen, guildsmen Advanced: for technicians, in the nuts-n-bolts of making the tech “click” Promenade: for managers who have mastered the prior two levels. This is the most detailed ...

Five Ways People Empower Technology (and not the other way around)

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In the cloud before it was “cool” Had to laugh this Sunday afternoon just out of the blue: while I was selecting a printer in the drop-down dialog, I suddenly realized that the printers I have listed are more than 4,300 miles apart! I bit of background: I have offices in Central Texas and Lima, ...

Reflections on Healthcare Safety: updated!

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I had been discussing healthcare safety with Robert Centor, since starting to read his blog http://www.medrants.com/ specifically http://is.gd/5xXBA discussing “hard data” on safety programme effectiveness. While I’ve got plenty of references for you, they’re coming from my own experience more focused on safety engineering across industries rather than exclusively in the healthcare domain. Feel free ...

When efficiency isn’t

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When you’re an infinite being (or have at-will access to one, e.g. prayer, meditation etc.), traditional measures of efficiency matter less and that can lead to highly novel implementations (otherwise known as really cool stuff, no pun intended on the vortex tube below). Using DNA as the original thought basis for this, the overall system ...