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The last few points, however, about the possible policy/reward/behaviroal constraints around the way that doctors earn money in the UK are telling. I wonder what those people who are using their money to get extra attention not previously provided by the national service would want to spend it on instead.
"'By working closely with our laboratory customers, Bayer Diagnostics understands that it takes more than just Lean and Six Sigma to affect sustainable process improvement,' stated John Nosenzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager North America, Bayer HealthCare, Diagnostics Division. 'BayerFactor surpasses the tactical process improvement offerings of Lean and Six Sigma by delivering a highly differentiated strategic business improvement offering for the healthcare industry. BayerFactor is unique because it applies a proper mix of consulting services to the most appropriate lab processes. This allows our customers to reduce costs and improve efficiency faster than they could with any other one or two process improvement initiatives alone, and enables them to achieve maximum returns that are sustainable over the long term.'"
So what is it that they add to Lean and Six Sigma? Further on down the article is a hint...
"BayerFactor delivers the first comprehensive business and operational improvement strategy that integrates Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints with award winning process optimization routines."
"American technology executives often complain about the inadequacies of public education, and rightly. They worry especially loudly about the lack of higher standards and attainment in the all-critical areas of maths and science. There is self-interest involved, of course. If any industry needs a qualified workforce in an increasingly knowledge-based economy, it is theirs. Yet they are all but silent on a threat to the science curriculum in particular, and to the scientific method in a more general sense."
Read the whole thing. I've often written about the need for rational analysis and decision-making, highlighting the need to identify, raise, and eliminate unfounded assumptions that keep organizations stuck in the mud. In order to do that, critical and rational thinking must be at the core of the educational process, and where more obvious than in the science curriculum, with it's foundations in the rigor mathematics and logic. If the acceptance of untestable assumptions are allowed to re-enter that realm after hundreds of years of driving them out, we run the risk of accepting them throughout not only science, but in management, politics, and societal issues as well. Slippery slope.
Re-Engineering Interruptions? -- Meet the Life Hackers -- A good article on multi-tasking in the NY Times. Some eye-opening numbers...
When Mark crunched the data, a picture of 21st-century office work emerged that was, she says, "far worse than I could ever have imagined." Each employee spent only 11 minutes on any given project before being interrupted and whisked off to do something else. What's more, each 11-minute project was itself fragmented into even shorter three-minute tasks, like answering e-mail messages, reading a Web page or working on a spreadsheet. And each time a worker was distracted from a task, it would take, on average, 25 minutes to return to that task. To perform an office job today, it seems, your attention must skip like a stone across water all day long, touching down only periodically.
Check it out before it disappears behind the Times' paywall.
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Friday Philanthropy: Helping Hurricane Victims -- With my association with GVC, I keep in touch with a number of educational sites. From eSchool News, we get a reminder that while Katrina and Rita no longer dominate the headlines, there is still plenty that can be done to help teachers, students, and schools in the region that is still recovering.