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Title: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 15, 2017, 04:02:09 PM
I've been watching a lot of TV, movies, and YouTube for awhile and I think I am burned out. So I decided to read. Here's what I'm reading; what about you?

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on March 15, 2017, 05:52:09 PM
How We Learn - any good?
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 15, 2017, 06:38:19 PM
How We Learn - any good?

I haven't gotten to that one yet because the swoley Bible is due back at the library sooner than the other two. I will tell you what I make of it though once I get into it.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Davin on March 16, 2017, 09:45:22 AM
The most recent books I read and am going to read.
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I was reading at a fast pace last year to catch up on my book queue, now that I have caught up, I slowed down so that I could spend more time on my game queue.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on March 16, 2017, 02:59:48 PM
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Wow Davin, I'm truly impressed. I wish I was that systematic.  :P
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Davin on March 17, 2017, 09:04:23 AM
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Wow Davin, I'm truly impressed. I wish I was that systematic.  :P
It's a bit sad I think. It's how I have to function if I want to be efficient and still have enough time to veg out when I need to. Meanwhile, everyone else seems to get by just fine without all that extra work.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 17, 2017, 09:48:48 AM
Well, I think it's just a tad sad myself - but I am also impressed.

Also, since you seem to like several of my favourite authors, you have also given me some ideas for future reading.

Currently I'm into Chris Nuttall's Bookworm IV. Nuttall is inventive but tends to repeat too many things too often, I know that thunder is usually "high overhead" and that rain comes from "high overhead", don't need both statements in the same sentence - and several other occurrences of the same phrase elsewhere!

Actually this is a writing error other sci-fi and fantasy ebook writers suffer, I only need to be told, "... HUD (Head Up Display) ..." once, I can remember the next twenty times he looks into his "HUD (Head Up Display)".

Is this because so few ebook writers get their work proofread, let alone edited, by someone who has half an idea how to do those jobs? Have volunteered a couple of times but no takers so far! Thought it might be a way of getting freebie books - I cannot read without prooreading and my fingers itch to edit.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Davin on March 17, 2017, 10:08:06 AM
Yeah, I have lists for almost everything. I like google docs so that I can access them from any device anywhere, also, I like googles note app for the same reasons.

I'll have to check out Nuttall, I haven't read anything by that author.

When the author repeats things too often, it also bugs me. I read Atom my Laurence Krauss, and while I thought it was a great book, I felt like he jumped around between the future, past and present too much. But at least I can understand why he was doing it, he tended to repeat things to clarify things, even though I think it was a bit too much repeating information.

For that HUD thing, I think they were worried a bit much about their audience. For self published authors, they have less control about who their audience might be, so many try to accommodate for the lowest common denominator. On the other hand, there was a book I read a few years ago that made use of several acronyms and only explained them once and even by context it was tough to read through. Though a bit better than reading a Clockwork Orange with all that "slang."

Publishers also tend to pay editors more, so they get "better' editors, for self published authors, editors don't often make too much, so you tend to get editors that may not be as good or just has less experience. That seems to be changing though.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Father Bruno on March 17, 2017, 10:20:46 AM
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Wow Davin, I'm truly impressed. I wish I was that systematic.  :P
It's a bit sad I think. It's how I have to function if I want to be efficient and still have enough time to veg out when I need to. Meanwhile, everyone else seems to get by just fine without all that extra work.

I know exactly what you mean Davin as I have the same or similar systematic hangups as you. I mean I want to be efficient, but also romantic, and sometimes just laze around and sleep afterwards; not feel so compelled to update my spreadsheet all the fucking time. :'(
Spoiler: show
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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Magdalena on March 17, 2017, 10:49:21 AM
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Wow Davin, I'm truly impressed. I wish I was that systematic.  :P
It's a bit sad I think. It's how I have to function if I want to be efficient and still have enough time to veg out when I need to. Meanwhile, everyone else seems to get by just fine without all that extra work.

I know exactly what you mean Davin as I have the same or similar systematic hangups as you. I mean I want to be efficient, but also romantic, and sometimes just laze around and sleep afterwards; not feel so compelled to update my spreadsheet all the fucking time. :'(
Spoiler: show
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This is funny.  :lol:
Condenado Padre Bruno!  :smileshake:
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 17, 2017, 10:52:50 AM
Yeah, I have lists for almost everything. I like google docs so that I can access them from any device anywhere, also, I like googles note app for the same reasons.

I'll have to check out Nuttall, I haven't read anything by that author.

When the author repeats things too often, it also bugs me. I read Atom my Laurence Krauss, and while I thought it was a great book, I felt like he jumped around between the future, past and present too much. But at least I can understand why he was doing it, he tended to repeat things to clarify things, even though I think it was a bit too much repeating information.

For that HUD thing, I think they were worried a bit much about their audience. For self published authors, they have less control about who their audience might be, so many try to accommodate for the lowest common denominator. On the other hand, there was a book I read a few years ago that made use of several acronyms and only explained them once and even by context it was tough to read through. Though a bit better than reading a Clockwork Orange with all that "slang."

Publishers also tend to pay editors more, so they get "better' editors, for self published authors, editors don't often make too much, so you tend to get editors that may not be as good or just has less experience. That seems to be changing though.

I offered to edit just for the free books! But that is an old retired guy who does not need the money taking potential paying work from someone who does.

Not ethical.

I did think of the reader's "attention span/memory" thing in some of the repeats but HUD pops up so often these days, just about every space marine and future techie has one! The acronym stuff is bad writing IMHO, no matter how good the story; unless they spell a word, especially a funny word, that the reader can latch onto.

Niall Teasdale is another very inventive writer who, for me, spoiled his "Thaumatology" series with blocks of several pages of very graphic  lesbian, s&m and menage a trois adolescent wet-dream sex. Repetitive and boring in the end but always contains things vital to the story. Skip them and get confused later.

I am just an old pedant.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Dragonia on March 17, 2017, 12:15:01 PM
Ha ha, Davin, that is an awesome spreadsheet,  I'm very impressed by your organization. I too have a reading  list, but it's just in my notes and it's kind of a mess.
And Father Bruno, hilarious.... I guess one can't be TOO organized! After all, to know where you want to go, it helps to know where you've been.  :smug:
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on March 17, 2017, 12:42:27 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/bY7rQa4.png)

Wow Davin, I'm truly impressed. I wish I was that systematic.  :P
It's a bit sad I think. It's how I have to function if I want to be efficient and still have enough time to veg out when I need to. Meanwhile, everyone else seems to get by just fine without all that extra work.

I know exactly what you mean Davin as I have the same or similar systematic hangups as you. I mean I want to be efficient, but also romantic, and sometimes just laze around and sleep afterwards; not feel so compelled to update my spreadsheet all the fucking time. :'(
Spoiler: show
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I may need a new keyboard. :rofl:
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Davin on March 17, 2017, 01:13:40 PM
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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 17, 2017, 06:03:59 PM
How We Learn - any good?

It's fucking fascinating. I think I found my calling in life. It's talking about memory first off. And second, you know that girl I go on about sometimes? She has short term memory loss which this book talks about in the first chapter. xSPx you gotta learn me some of that neuroscience right NOW!
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on March 19, 2017, 05:26:11 AM
How We Learn - any good?

It's fucking fascinating. I think I found my calling in life. It's talking about memory first off. And second, you know that girl I go on about sometimes? She has short term memory loss which this book talks about in the first chapter. xSPx you gotta learn me some of that neuroscience right NOW!

:grin: A convert!

Neuroscience is fascinating. Two books I enjoyed very much are Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (https://www.amazon.com.br/Subliminal-Your-Unconscious-Rules-Behavior/dp/0307472256) and Sleights of Mind (http://www.sleightsofmind.com/). They don't have to do with memory per se, but there are plenty of scientific papers and textbooks regarding that topic. :grin:

One book to get started on the topic of memory is the Nobel prize winner Kandel's In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (https://www.amazon.com.br/Search-Memory-Emergence-Science-Mind/dp/0393329372). I haven't read it myself, but the guy is basically a pioneer in the field and very well respected.

 
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 19, 2017, 09:52:21 AM
How We Learn - any good?

It's fucking fascinating. I think I found my calling in life. It's talking about memory first off. And second, you know that girl I go on about sometimes? She has short term memory loss which this book talks about in the first chapter. xSPx you gotta learn me some of that neuroscience right NOW!

:grin: A convert!

Neuroscience is fascinating. Two books I enjoyed very much are Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (https://www.amazon.com.br/Subliminal-Your-Unconscious-Rules-Behavior/dp/0307472256) and Sleights of Mind (http://www.sleightsofmind.com/). They don't have to do with memory per se, but there are plenty of scientific papers and textbooks regarding that topic. :grin:

One book to get started on the topic of memory is the Nobel prize winner Kandel's In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (https://www.amazon.com.br/Search-Memory-Emergence-Science-Mind/dp/0393329372). I haven't read it myself, but the guy is basically a pioneer in the field and very well respected.

Great! I was looking into subconscious mind power when I came across these books. Fucking great shit.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: hermes2015 on March 19, 2017, 10:38:31 AM
For you music lovers, I can recommend Eric Siblin's The Cello Suites. I am halfway through it now and love the way he uses the structure of Bach's cello suites to introduce biographical details of Pablo Casals, and J, S. Bach himself, while describing his own discovery of the cello suites.

I also urge everyone here to give the suites a try - some of my all-time favourite pieces (does this belong here or in the What Are You Listening To thread?)
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: solidsquid on March 20, 2017, 04:16:03 PM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 20, 2017, 07:55:37 PM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CdqT7C9-L._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

What exactly is this for? I read some of the wiki, just says it's techniques for process improvement. I assume it's for engineering?
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 21, 2017, 12:10:28 AM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CdqT7C9-L._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

What exactly is this for? I read some of the wiki, just says it's techniques for process improvement. I assume it's for engineering?
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Six Sigma (sometimes stylized as 6σ) is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. It was introduced by engineer Bill Smith while working at Motorola in 1986.[1][2] Jack Welch made it central to his business strategy at General Electric in 1995.[3] Today, it is used in many industrial sectors.[4]

It seeks to improve the quality of the output of a process by identifying and removing the causes of defects and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, mainly empirical, statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has specific value targets, for example: reduce process cycle time, reduce pollution, reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, and increase profits.

Wiki (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Sigma)

Sounds a bit like when I improved a process and almost eliminated rework by simply adding a cheap rubber O-ring as a spacer and using an exact length of solder (and a pair of tweezers) to attach two components together. They had been making this item for 20 years with a 40% first time failure rate on testing! Then I rewrote the manufacturing instructions and rededigned the test results sheet (simplifying the maths) so that even a non-chemist (like me) could cope with it.

The courses cost about £2500 over here, guessing they concentrate mainly on ways to look at things and some form of "lateral-" or "out of the box-" thinking.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Davin on March 21, 2017, 07:13:22 AM
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Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 21, 2017, 07:42:14 AM
Looking at Six Sigma again, Arturo, looks like it should be applicable to all "systems", accounting, engineering, selling, servicing, even cooking and councelling!

As I said, more a way of observing and thinking - one more step in the history of people revamping old ideas to try to make money out of them. I still have a copy of Edward de Bono's "Lateral Thinking" from the late 60s. They say he invented "lateral thinking" but I would say that he merely attached a catchy name to something that people have done since we started thinking. There is often more than one way to look at things and not all solutions are logical at first sight - intuition, hunches, oddball mental associations etc. are very important.

My favourite word, "serendipity" - the fortuitous accident - has often also been beneficial. But you have to be able to spot the fortuosity, the serendipity, in the first place. Not just cuss 'cos you broke the damn thing again and chuck it in the bin!
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 21, 2017, 10:29:35 AM
Looking at Six Sigma again, Arturo, looks like it should be applicable to all "systems", accounting, engineering, selling, servicing, even cooking and councelling!
I didn't know that it would be useful in all those fields. I wonder if this is just a western practice then? They do things very differently in places like, say, Japan for instance.

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As I said, more a way of observing and thinking - one more step in the history of people revamping old ideas to try to make money out of them. I still have a copy of Edward de Bono's "Lateral Thinking" from the late 60s. They say he invented "lateral thinking" but I would say that he merely attached a catchy name to something that people have done since we started thinking. There is often more than one way to look at things and not all solutions are logical at first sight - intuition, hunches, oddball mental associations etc. are very important.
Yeah being able to easily identify things helps your short term memory. So if you ever want to remember some process, give it a catchy name.


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My favourite word, "serendipity" - the fortuitous accident - has often also been beneficial. But you have to be able to spot the fortuosity, the serendipity, in the first place. Not just cuss 'cos you broke the damn thing again and chuck it in the bin!
I see where you are going now. It helps to count the positives yes. That helps us out a whole lot in the long run. There is something I read about the subconscious mind that I think could be of use here. To be able to use your subconscious to make something happen, let's say, you tell yourself it it over and over for a few minutes and then stop and move on to breakfast or some shit. This puts it to your subconscious and you make things happen without much effort. So if you want to notice the serpendipity, tell yourself that you notice it like some Buddhist Monk trying to reach enlightenment.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 21, 2017, 10:42:06 AM
Hmm, I think thst a "frame of mind" is sometimes more important than any specialist knowledge. I am a technician at heart, like digging into the gubbins, but my "frame of mind" allows me to be flexible in many other areas. Like setting up a library and archive in an area, inland waterways, that I have never had experience of before.

It is often not only the nitty gritty, the specialist techniques, that are important, there are things that bridge disparate areas.

Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Arturo on March 21, 2017, 10:51:30 AM
Hmm, I think thst a "frame of mind" is sometimes more important than any specialist knowledge. I am a technician at heart, like digging into the gubbins, but my "frame of mind" allows me to be flexible in many other areas. Like setting up a library and archive in an area, inland waterways, that I have never had experience of before.

It is often not only the nitty gritty, the specialist techniques, that are important, there are things that bridge disparate areas.

I should look into that then. I feel everything I know is centered in it's own category.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: solidsquid on March 21, 2017, 04:02:19 PM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CdqT7C9-L._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

What exactly is this for? I read some of the wiki, just says it's techniques for process improvement. I assume it's for engineering?

It's a set of "tools" for process improvement of basically any process.  It makes use of various charts and diagrams along with some statistics to make processes less wasteful.  It's often paired with lean management techniques and you'll often see people refer to Lean Six Sigma and the two methods complement each other.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Father Bruno on March 22, 2017, 11:05:35 AM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CdqT7C9-L._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

What exactly is this for? I read some of the wiki, just says it's techniques for process improvement. I assume it's for engineering?

It's a set of "tools" for process improvement of basically any process.  It makes use of various charts and diagrams along with some statistics to make processes less wasteful.  It's often paired with lean management techniques and you'll often see people refer to Lean Six Sigma and the two methods complement each other.

I had to deal with this process often in my job as a manufacturing representative for the automotive field with regards to quality issues, not so much now because I only deal with wheels, but years ago when I was representing different types of DC motors it could be a pain in the ass (Seat and window motors).

It takes constant monitoring and adequate management systems...one of the  management systems that replaced the Total Quality Management (TQM) from the 80's.

I don't deal with it anymore, but I read an article recently I believe from Crain's Detroit Business that suggested process management can drag some organizations down and dampen innovation, so though you may improve efficiency you run the risk if the process management programs are misapplied to areas where you want employees to be innovative.

Maybe you'll get your black belt one day. 8)
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Icarus on March 22, 2017, 06:07:18 PM
Gloucester, I also have the book Lateral Thinking.  It is the stuff of competent and inventive engineering  states of mind. 

I am constantly puzzled by the tendency of ordinary humans to fix a problem with "Band aid" patches rather than exploring the root causes of whatever problem exists.

My US health care system is a case in point.  The cost of health care is prohibitive for all but the most wealthy. It has not always been that way. Why the hell don't we address the problem at its root, not with insurance programs that we can not afford and that is not within the financial capabilities of the poorer of us.

This is not to say that we should relegate physicians and others in the medical community to equivalent squalor.  We can make great modifications to the damned system if we examine the basic details and do something about the capricious (and greedy) billing absurdities. 
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 23, 2017, 03:24:01 AM
Gloucester, I also have the book Lateral Thinking.  It is the stuff of competent and inventive engineering  states of mind. 

I am constantly puzzled by the tendency of ordinary humans to fix a problem with "Band aid" patches rather than exploring the root causes of whatever problem exists.

My US health care system is a case in point.  The cost of health care is prohibitive for all but the most wealthy. It has not always been that way. Why the hell don't we address the problem at its root, not with insurance programs that we can not afford and that is not within the financial capabilities of the poorer of us.

This is not to say that we should relegate physicians and others in the medical community to equivalent squalor.  We can make great modifications to the damned system if we examine the basic details and do something about the capricious (and greedy) billing absurdities.
Yup, sometimes you have to strip it down to essentials, look at the purpose of every individual component, then reassemble it in a way that it works properly.

With regards to Obamacare: good idea overall but the idea of fining someone because they might be too poor to already have medical cover is just insane! As bad as, in the UK, fining, by denying benefits, those too ill or poor to make it to an interview, with a benefits officer, on time.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Recusant on March 23, 2017, 04:33:35 AM
With regards to Obamacare: good idea overall but the idea of fining someone because they might be too poor to already have medical cover is just insane! As bad as, in the UK, fining, by denying benefits, those too ill or poor to make it to an interview, with a benefits officer, on time.

Under the ACA (Obamacare) those who were too poor to buy health insurance were supposed to be able to sign up for Medicaid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicaid). Because of various political hijinks that didn't always work, but the idea was that fines would be levied on people who could afford health insurance but refused to get it.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 23, 2017, 05:45:35 AM
With regards to Obamacare: good idea overall but the idea of fining someone because they might be too poor to already have medical cover is just insane! As bad as, in the UK, fining, by denying benefits, those too ill or poor to make it to an interview, with a benefits officer, on time.

Under the ACA (Obamacare) those who were too poor to buy health insurance were supposed to be able to sign up for Medicaid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicaid). Because of various political hijinks that didn't always work, but the idea was that fines would be levied on people who could afford health insurance but refused to get it.

Ah. Still not sure that it is a good idea. If those with the means but not the inclination charge them the full cost of all medical aid tgey get, ecen in emergencies.  In the UK I am a fan of charging those who can afford to get drunk for the ambulance and "hotel charges" that the injuries gained through their drinking often need.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: solidsquid on March 23, 2017, 08:10:13 AM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CdqT7C9-L._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

What exactly is this for? I read some of the wiki, just says it's techniques for process improvement. I assume it's for engineering?

It's a set of "tools" for process improvement of basically any process.  It makes use of various charts and diagrams along with some statistics to make processes less wasteful.  It's often paired with lean management techniques and you'll often see people refer to Lean Six Sigma and the two methods complement each other.

I had to deal with this process often in my job as a manufacturing representative for the automotive field with regards to quality issues, not so much now because I only deal with wheels, but years ago when I was representing different types of DC motors it could be a pain in the ass (Seat and window motors).

It takes constant monitoring and adequate management systems...one of the  management systems that replaced the Total Quality Management (TQM) from the 80's.

I don't deal with it anymore, but I read an article recently I believe from Crain's Detroit Business that suggested process management can drag some organizations down and dampen innovation, so though you may improve efficiency you run the risk if the process management programs are misapplied to areas where you want employees to be innovative.

Maybe you'll get your black belt one day. 8)

A discussion point in my performance consulting course was essentially, "how much is too much?"  The point was that improvement projects can get out of hand and grow to become their own wasteful endeavors.  It becomes a balancing act to try and not waste money by trying to save money from being wasted.
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: Gloucester on March 23, 2017, 08:46:12 AM
For a class I'm taking this semester.  Text is decent but quite basic, not a lot of detail.  Instructor is very disorganized.  No worries though, I'm switching programs in the fall anyhow.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CdqT7C9-L._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

What exactly is this for? I read some of the wiki, just says it's techniques for process improvement. I assume it's for engineering?

It's a set of "tools" for process improvement of basically any process.  It makes use of various charts and diagrams along with some statistics to make processes less wasteful.  It's often paired with lean management techniques and you'll often see people refer to Lean Six Sigma and the two methods complement each other.

I had to deal with this process often in my job as a manufacturing representative for the automotive field with regards to quality issues, not so much now because I only deal with wheels, but years ago when I was representing different types of DC motors it could be a pain in the ass (Seat and window motors).

It takes constant monitoring and adequate management systems...one of the  management systems that replaced the Total Quality Management (TQM) from the 80's.

I don't deal with it anymore, but I read an article recently I believe from Crain's Detroit Business that suggested process management can drag some organizations down and dampen innovation, so though you may improve efficiency you run the risk if the process management programs are misapplied to areas where you want employees to be innovative.

Maybe you'll get your black belt one day. 8)

A discussion point in my performance consulting course was essentially, "how much is too much?"  The point was that improvement projects can get out of hand and grow to become their own wasteful endeavors.  It becomes a balancing act to try and not waste money by trying to save money from being wasted.
OK, I'll just stop gilding this lily then . . .
Title: Re: What Are You Reading?
Post by: solidsquid on March 23, 2017, 09:04:51 AM
I had never heard that expression before, had to Google it...quite fitting once I knew what the heck you were talking about   ;D