Leveling Mothers Day?


Wall St. Journal (free via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Here is an interesting article on the very manual efforts at AT&T to balance supply (phone circuit capacity) with calling demand. Mothers Day, this Sunday, is the traditional busiest calling day of the year. This isn't AT&T's suggestion, but maybe some of us can call our Mothers on Saturday, instead of Sunday, to help level demand? Nah, probably not a good idea. The AT&T example is one where, even if they wanted to implement lean practices, they're pretty hampered against the idea of “leveling” demand.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Lean in iran?

    i am a lean blogger & i am iranian.

    as i remember i have found my blog about lean 4 years ago.

    would you please see my blog ?looking forward reciving your comments.



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