Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tools are Tools

We are constantly bombarded with new tools that offer the promise of better productivity, quality, profit...,etc; there's lean, agile, project management, TQM and many more.  While all of these tools can provide great benefits, frequently they are confused as the end rather than the means. No matter what tool(s) you use, they are only as useful as the people who use them and the plans they support. Great tools don't fix bad management, poor planning, or lack of vision (but they sure look good). Before you invest in a tool make sure you have your fundamentals (people and plans)  in place.  Remember, quality buildings were created before the invention of power tools, and great businesses were founded before books on  'modern management techniques' were published.

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