Monthly Archives: April 2014

Defining real-time systems

In this post, I want to briefly discuss a broadly-misused term, and attempt to define it. When I say broadly misused, I mean exactly that. Whether on the job or elsewhere — such as today, at a webinar run by a prestigious analytics firm — the truth is most people who routinely use IT services do not have a proper understanding of the terms ‘real time’ or ‘real-time system.’ Continue reading


Lean thinking in the supply chain: surgical inventory management example

In a previous post, I described how problems in the management of surgical inventory at a large, multi-site hospital were addressed.  In this post, I will try to make explicit the connection between some of the activities carried out on that project and Lean thinking.

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