Saturday, August 27, 2011

Steve Denning on Manufacturing

Steve Denning, an author and consultant, has a four-part article on Forbes detailing the problems of manufacturing. The hat tip here goes to Joyce Simkin, a former colleague and one of our circle. She circulated the following link. If the first article resonates, the other three add more dimensions.

Denning’s conclusion, namely that management is to blame and that changes in management philosophy are also the solution is right enough, so far as it goes. The problem goes right down to our culture and our values, however; that sort of thing is much harder to fix because it demands that we all change at the personal level. The articles are wonderful documentation of how and why, in detail, we’re slipping and sliding into decay. I read them as sermons directed at me.

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