Twerking and Dignity

Disclaimer: Thehobartchinaman is not The Bard of Avon. By the time y'all read this, this important issue will have blown away, much like cherry blossom. A women's dance group was invited to perform a routine before the official commissioning of a new naval vessel for the Royal Australian Navy. They twerked! Oh My Lord, they …

Learning About Change

"Change is inevitable", "change is constant"'  a modern management mantras. So much piffle I say! Let's go back in time to when I faced the steel clad behemoth of the Incited Pivot superphosphate works. A large filthy industrial plant on the shores of Corio Bay, Geelong. In a precinct with the vast Shell oil refinery …

For Gypsum Board Aficionados – Deming 4th Principle

I accept this is for a small audience, maybe just for me. Anyhow, it needs writing, after thirty plus years. Plasterboard* is a simply made product. Slurried plaster is continuously formed between two sheets of creamy coloured face and less processed back plaster linerboard. These are the key raw materials in manufacture. Gas is the …

Variation, Who Cares?

Got a hero? Here's one of mine. W Edwards Deming shares some credit for the renaissance of Japan post the devastation of WWII. He espoused principles of quality on which many have written. Catchy simple quality nuggets, in fact almost Zen. Though he was American the Japanese embraced his principles wholeheartedly. These principles were a …