Image thanks to Pintrest Bank holiday Monday, a day off for some in lieu of Christmas day. We’re now in that strange period between the end of one year and the start of another. There may still be a few hangover events from the festive break, with visits to relatives or a trip to the … Continue reading Time off with the Maias
Working with Eiji Toyoda, Taiichi Ohno helped establish the Toyota Production System laying the groundwork for today’s Just-in-Time methodology. He was reportedly asked what the system was called, yet he was reluctant to give it a name as he believed that once a system was given a name it would become codified and bastardised into … Continue reading Reset anyone?
‘Tis the holiday season. One of the few real holy days of the year if you believe in such things. It is also a strange time of year. Not only do you get the need to enjoy yourself and a sense of faux camaraderie shoved in your face but you are bombarded with things you … Continue reading Seasonal distortion
I say to anyone who is interested that I am semi-retired. I’m not sure there is such a thing however. You are either retired or not, whether you draw a pension or not. In truth I still work, supposedly part-time and perhaps I use the semi-retirement phrase to explain why I am not working full … Continue reading Enough money to retire?
Waiting for the checkout to open at Morrisons, I let a man go in front of me. He had a small basket while I had a full trolley. It was 7:30 in the morning and I was still feeling in a good mood. For some reason he started talking to the assistant about how the … Continue reading It’s not about the party
Image thanks to Information Age Many of us will be looking forward to some time off over the festive period. Many will still be working however. Over a million of us will be at work on 25 December though I note that many shops will be closed on Boxing day this year. The downtime will … Continue reading Downtime
The few weeks before Xmas seem to be amongst the busiest of the year. I used to think that this was because everyone was trying to get everything sorted and clear their (virtual) desks before taking some well earned rest. I used to scratch my head wondering why people bothered when it would all start … Continue reading The run up to Xmas
What have we learned from last week’s byelection in the constituency of Old Bexley and Sidcup in the south east of London? A few things. The seat was made vacant by the death of James Brokenshire from lung cancer at the age of 53. He first won the seat in 2010 and contested it a … Continue reading Old Bexley and Sidcup Byelection
By the time you read this I hope the vast majority of people who were affected by storm Arwen have their lives back on track. You may be struggling with storm Barra. They seem to be coming thick and fast this winter. Apart from a few bushes blown down and some water in the garage, … Continue reading Why we need public services
Last week I mentioned that I was in town three days in a row. Twice I met up with colleagues from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). I’ve already blogged about the meeting on the Wednesday and so this time it is about what happened on the Tuesday. Before I start though, it was good … Continue reading All the initiatives