¿La mejora continua es innovación? Is continuous improvement innovative?

You can watch this video to open mouth:

And after you can read this post that come from Lean.org (http://www.lean.org/shook/DisplayObject.cfm?o=3301)

“Innovation is a popular – and important – concept. So, here are three questions. What is it? What does lean thinking have to say about it? So what?

I did some deep-diving recently into this thing we call innovation. It’s interesting how there’s not much in the way of an accepted definition. So, consolidating a lot of stuff from different sources (you’re welcome), running it all through my own filter (apologies!), here’s a stab: An innovation is anything that is novel and valuable. Novel means new. Especially a new idea or method or something that has a “process” piece to it. Valuable – the link here with lean thinking is clear – means that someone, anyone perceives the new thing/method/process as having value. Value from the perceiver’s perspective.


What does lean thinking have to say about innovation? First, I think the word/concept gets overused. Does new or novel mean better? There’s somehow the perception that “innovation” is further up the food chain, higher up the evolutionary scale than lowly “improvement.” Ever hear this: “Oh, that’s a nice incremental improvement, but what we need is innovation!” Radical innovation. Disruption innovation. Well, sure. We want to be ahead of the curve. To set the trend. Henry Ford. Steve Jobs.

But, while an innovation by definition has “value,” an improvement by definition means the new way is better than the old. From that standpoint, improvement is underrated; it could use an image makeover.

And, I bet you agree, it has become all too common to draw too deep of a distinction between the two. Almost all innovations are actually improvements on things or ideas that already existed. Not much new under the sun. No? What’s under the sun are, literally, the four forces of nature. Just four.

Branford Marsalis (the less famous brother), in reference to the tremendous creativity and innovation that is jazz, observes, “Everything you read about jazz is: ‘Is it new? Is it innovative?’ I mean, man, there’s 12 f-ing notes. What’s going to be new? You honestly think you’re going to play something that hasn’t been played already?” Very interesting. Of course, tremendous creativity comes from combinations and the very constraints imposed by the “12 f-ing notes.” Still, Coltrane, Miles, Gershwin – they’re just playing around with the same 12 notes. The universe has four forms of energy.

Lean Thinking

Lean thinking itself was an innovation (new and valuable) and an improvement over what preceded it (and what still exists in so many places) that contains within itself the means of further innovation and improvement. Masaaki Imai, to whom we owe much, gave us this framework about 30 years ago:


Imai’s framework is useful in thinking about types of problem solving (though we should add one more, a topic for next time!). Lean thinking suggests, however, that we be careful to not draw the lines between them – sustain + Kaizen + innovation – too harshly. There’s much overlap, with one bleeding into the other. As lean thinking is itself an innovation, within it are specific methods for innovating (as there are for kaizen and sustainability, as well) such as set-based innovation, Lean Startup methods, A3 and kata techniques, and most importantly the fundamental approach of engaging everyone in the act of innovating in their own work. Innovation is not the purview only of a chosen few to be applied in only special situations.

So what?

It’s taking that thought further that highlights the deepest contribution of lean thinking – the role of innovation in the work. We think of the iPhone as a tremendous innovation, like the internet, the automobile and now autonomous driving. But, the actualization of each of these, the underappreciated enabler that propelled them to change our lives was, first of all, the many technical innovations that preceded them (no iPhone without iPod, without Macintosh, without Apple II…). And secondly, the innovation in the work to be done entailed in bringing them to life. Here’s an animation that tries to tell that story. I’ll be curious to hear what you think. (Click HERE to view Innovation in the Work animation)


John Shook
Chairman and CEO
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc.



Lanzamiento de micromaster MOOC en EDX.org

Hoy se ha lanzado la primera edición del micromaster Liderazgo y trabajo en equipo en grupos de mejora continua en la plataforma MOOC de EDX.org

Tienes más detalles del curso en:


Y en la nota de prensa de la UPV tienes más información de en qué consiste un micromaster:



¿Es posible que me quede sin trabajo por lo mal que escribo?

En unas semanas empezará un nuevo curso y tendré la oportunidad de leer una gran cantidad de textos escritos por mis alumnos en diferentes ejercicios, trabajos, exámenes o entradas de foro/blogs. Si nada cambia, volveré a experimentar la sensación de que, las personas matriculadas en mis asignaturas, cada vez escriben peor y, además, les importa poco tener esa tara. Creen, que en el mundo dominado por los emoticonos y la taquigrafía de chat, no tiene importancia dejarse una “h” por el camino, permutar una “v” por una “b”, ignorar la existencia de las tildes o esparcir las comas y puntos como quien lanza serpentinas.

Quizás tengan razón… Pero mi intuición me dice que se equivocan. Yo creo que, en un mundo digital, se escribe infinitamente más que se habla y que la primera impresión de una persona no la da su imagen, sino cómo escribe.

Es posible que yo piense así porque soy “un tipo raro” o porque soy de otra generación. Es posible, que las personas que tengan que decidir si contratar o no los servicios de mis alumnos en sus empresas, sean tipos tan raros como yo o, muy probablemente, de mi generación.

Y si no lo creéis, leed este artículo en la HBR (https://hbr.org/2012/07/i-wont-hire-people-who-use-poo), que tiene un título tan explícito como este “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why” y del que os extraigo unos fragmentos (aunque recomiendo su lectura íntegra):

“But grammar is relevant for all companies. Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re.”

” If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use “it’s,” then that’s not a learning curve I’m comfortable with. So, even in this hyper-competitive market, I will pass on a great programmer who cannot write.”

“I hire people who care about those details. Applicants who don’t think writing is important are likely to think lots of other (important) things also aren’t important. “


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Presenación en Congreso in-red 2016 PASSAM: Peer ASSessment And Monitoring system

PASSAM: Peer ASSessment And Monitoring system
Juan A. Marín-García / José P. García-Sabater / Joan Morant-Llorca / J. Alberto Conejero Casares
(Universitat Politècnica de València)


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2º Concurso de Ingenieria para estudiantes Ingenieros de Organización Industrial


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How to follow the DORA recommendation: “provision of information about the specific contributions of each author”

Here you can see a good example of how to follow  The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), in particular for this point:

  • Encourage responsible authorship practices and the provision of information about the specific contributions of each author.

In this article:

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And this information was added:

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How do I reference an image from Pinterest?

How do I reference an image from Pinterest?
Pinterest is a pin-board style photo-sharing website. To reference an image from this website give
the name of the author (i.e. the person who pinned the image) in the form of surname and initials,
but also give their first name in square brackets. For the title give the name of the image, followed
by a description of the format in square brackets.
Earnhart, H. [Hallie]. (n.d.). Long bob [Pinterest post]. Retrieved March 22, 2013, from http://
In-text: (Earnhart, n.d.)
(Source: APA Style Expert, personal communication, March 27, 2013)
(Source: http://www2.eit.ac.nz/library/OnlineGuides/APA%20Referencing%20FAQs.pdf)
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Publicado- Gumaelius Et Al (2016-on-line) Outreach initiatives operated by universities for increasing interest in science and technology

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Publicado-MARIN-GARCIA, Juan A.(2015) Publishing in two phases for focused research by means of “research collaborations”

MARIN-GARCIA, Juan A.. Publishing in two phases for focused research by means of “research collaborations”. WPOM-Working Papers on Operations Management, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 76-80, dec. 2015. ISSN 1989-9068. Available at: <http://polipapers.upv.es/index.php/WPOM/article/view/4459>. Date accessed: 27 dec. 2015. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/wpom.v6i2.4459.

(La publicación en dos fases para la investigación enfocada a través de “research collaborations”)

We present and justify a new way to research and publish. This proposal is not intended to substitute or replace traditional ways of doing science, but rather complement, filling a gap and providing an efficient way to achieve scientific advances. The process begins with the sending a proposal of protocol to WPOM. Proposals are evaluated in each of the collaborations, depending on the potential to fill a research niche in the area. In the case of accepted protocols, WPOM guarantees commitment to publish the article if the protocol and deadlines are met. Thus, researchers can develop their projects focusing on meeting the protocol that has been approved without the question of whether, once completed, research is relevant or if the methodology is correct.


En este artículo presentamos y justificamos una nueva forma de investigar y publicar. Esta propuesta no pretende sustituir o reemplazar a los modos tradicionales de hacer ciencias, sino complementarlos, rellenando una laguna y ofreciendo un camino eficiente para lograr los avances científicos. El proceso se inicia con el envío de la propuesta de protocolo WPOM. Las propuestas se evalúan, en cada una de las collaborations, en función del potencial para cubrir un nicho de investigación en el área. En el caso de ser aceptados los protocolos, WPOM garantiza un compromiso de publicación del artículo si se cumple el protocolo y plazos prometidos en el proyecto. De este modo, los investigadores pueden desarrollar proyectos de escritura centrándose en cumplir el protocolo que ha sido aprobado, sin la incógnita de si, una vez terminada, la investigación es relevante o si la metodología es la correcta.



focused research; protocol; collaboration;Investigación enfocada; protocolos
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Impartido Taller Publicar la investigación en docencia universitaria

Acabo de regresar de una magnífica experiencia impartiendo el curso: Publicar la investigación en docencia universitaria¿Dónde y cómo publicar investigación en docencia? en la Universidad del Pais Vasco (EHU).

Más de 40 docentes universitarios tremendamente motivados que han compartido sus experiencias, inquietudes y dudas. Da gusto hacer formación en estas condiciones y anima a seguir confiando en la magnifica universidad pública que tenemos (donde, a pesar de la escasez de recursos, estamos logrando resultados alucinantes, gracias a las excelentes personas que aún están en la universidad).

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