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Personality Types
Yes, the most successful teams (not only in business but in government, nonprofit, or even in recreational endeavors) achieve their success by bringing together people with a range of perspectives. That’s why this week we’re continuing our recent series of articles where we’ve branched out a bit from our... Read More...
Psychological Safety
Psychological Safety Yes, research has shown that psychological safety is a key determiner of success for teams of all sizes and for all types of endeavors – from business to government to nonprofit. And yes, you as a small business owner need to think about the team environment you’re... Read More...
Age Diversity in Your Workplace
You as a small business owner have a million things on your plate already. There’s the technical side of your manufacturing process, the marketing and sales side of the business, the inevitable legal and logistical issues that arise… But yes, if you’re not 100% self-employed (meaning, if you have... Read More...
The Toyota Way
If you’re a regular here at Zattatat, you know that we mainly stick to advice on operations, and even more specifically, manufacturing.  But sometimes it’s useful (or even necessary!) to step back and look at the institutional context that’s required for a given manufacturing practice to succeed. No surprises... Read More...
Toyota Production System
Yes, the Toyota Production System (TPS) was invented by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, which is now a multinational conglomerate.  But it’s relevant to your small- or medium-sized business too!   See, TPS is just one of many different models for Lean Manufacturing.  And while lean isn’t the best approach... Read More...
Using Basic Science Research
You understand the importance of doing experiments when you need to figure out something for your making or manufacturing process.  But did you know that sometimes (even often), you can save a LOT of time and money by taking advantage of research that’s already been done? And you can... Read More...
Is-Is Not
You’re committed to improving your manufacturing process.  Because you take pride in your business and you want to deliver a high-quality product while making solid profits.  And if you’re a regular PCat reader, you know that the best way to do that involves root-cause analysis for any manufacturing defects... Read More...
Fishbone Diagram
Yes, it’s true. Ishikawa’s Fishbone Diagram is a crucial tool for any making or manufacturing business!   As a small business owner, you know that quality assurance is vital for making a good impression on your customers.  And if you’re a regular PCat reader, you also know that improving your... Read More...

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