ExGap: Performance improvement with no CAPEX

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My presentation at the 10th European Wood-based Panel Symposium in October 2016 is here as PDF:            

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Worldwide fleet of self-learning harvesting machines

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Machine learning based on combined behavior of tens of thousands of users is a potential game changer for many industries. It is happening at Tesla (watch the video), it is happening at Google, it is happening in many other companies. … Continue reading

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Presentation of Poyry ExGap continuous improvement system at Woodex conference

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Presentation of Poyry ExGap continuous improvement system at Woodex conference with me as the speaker. Attached. In Russian.   Poyry – Alexey Beschastnov 25112015 – Continuous improvement ExGap – PDF Long story short: ExGap is similar to Lean while much … Continue reading

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Nice text from McKinsey

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    Nice TEXT from McKinsey, I agree with every word. Recommendable.              

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“Lone rangers” vs. “Fat cows” – personnel cuts in lean management projects

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Quite frequent question recently: do lean management projects lead to personnel cuts? And the short answer should be “No”, while a bit longer answer might be “…Sometimes”. Let’s have a closer look at those sometimes. As a starting point, it is important … Continue reading

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PIONEER – my yet another attempt to explain TRIZ

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My first attempt to explain TRIZ in a simple way was Non-linear algorithm of inventive problem solving. Here is yet another attempt to do the same – in an even simpler way. Enjoy. I like it so much that I have … Continue reading

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Innovativeness is the key while creativity is easier to teach

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If innovativeness is important for your business, your financial results would be better if you train creativity (to your upper and middle level management and experts, and almost NEVER to anybody else) and do not train innovativeness. Why so? Because … Continue reading

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[Re]source: redirect harmful effects instead of fighting them

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One of the mottoes of creativity is that “Problem Creates Opportunities”, where opportunity is not only solutions/ideas but also a specific point of view from which you look at ALL the “data around your problem”. This point of view might … Continue reading

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Alan Watts on Zen stories, laughter and disappearance of an “initial problem”

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  A man whose name was Eka came to where Bodhidharma was meditating and said: “Master, I have no peace of mind, please pacify my mind”. Of course, he didn’t even get in for a long time to ask his … Continue reading

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Ideality as the main law of development of (technical) systems: is Google Glass a mainstream or a failure?

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UPD: please participate the poll (at the bottom of the side bar) – with thousands of views of this article, there are only 20+ voters to the poll, how come?! Increase in ideality is the main law of development of … Continue reading

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Creativity and curiosity

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We may look at human beings as at just one of a kind of “organic tubes” which are dwelling on the planet, picking up food at one end and discharging the left-overs at the other end. In the process the … Continue reading

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An attempt to be autobiographical (in Russian)

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One of my close relatives asked my to write “something similar to autobiography”. I could not resist – here it is, available for your clicks-on (it is in Russian, it is quite lengthy, it is as sincere as I was … Continue reading

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Imagination and creativity VS age

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One little theory: I believe that information hail is pushing imagination (and thus creativity in general) lower – the stronger the hail, the lower the imagination. As a result of it, creative abilities of teens today as an average should … Continue reading

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Do not confuse grit with passion

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“We need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier” – the last phrase in the talk below and probably the most questionable one:   Do not confuse grit with passion! They are as different as grit and water – … Continue reading

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Altshuller on youtube – mixed feelings…

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  Went by and through (the only?) lengthy video of Genrich Altshuller (main author of TRIZ) on youtube: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yv8RR0uWFY]   Is it just me or from today’s perspective the performance is rather …questionable (not to say weak)? The only … Continue reading

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What is “ideal education” and why Finland is on the other side of the hill

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Absolutely wonderful talk of Sir Ken Robinson on TED: Below are two afterthoughts of mine (once again – absolutely wonderful talk): 1. Finland is mentioned as a “let’s copy” example. However, Finland seems to be facing already a problem of … Continue reading

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New site in the family – www.english4.me

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My wife is in the middle of relocating her Livejournal account to the stand-alone web-site. And I am proud to present www.english4.me to anyone interested in topic of rising bi(multi)lingual babies in mono-language environment. The relocation and programming were one … Continue reading

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Russia’s fading competitive edge

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Just came across my article published over a year ago – no real changes for better, and the tendencies indicated back than just got stronger or more visible. Read the text of the article below or – with nicer pictures … Continue reading

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There is a need and there is a clash – Western consulting in Russia

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Russian management tend to have a a strong trust and even an admiration towards foreign consultants, being at the same time rather suspicious about consulting in general. It applies both to strategic consulting and to industry specific operation improvement services. … Continue reading

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Combiboard

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We are glad to call your attention to new development in design of snowboards. As you know, traditional designs cannot guarantee both steadiness and mobility for snowboarder, especially in case of gliding on hard and glacial snow. Inventions like “split-tail” … Continue reading

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