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Lean Startup Success: The Forbes Interview of SmartDraw CEO Paul Stannard

Back in 1994, Lean wasn’t actually a thing. In fact, the Internet was barely a thing. But that’s when Paul Stannard founded SmartDraw—and without even realizing it at the time, he had launched a Lean Startup. Was SmartDraw the first example of lean startup success? That is probably a stretch. But there’s no question the […]

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SmartDraw FAQ: Fantastic Awesome Questions | SmartDraw Mailbag

Our SmartDraw mailbag feature was quite popular the first time we did it, so I’m going to dig into it again. Our customers ask some pretty terrific questions. I hope you find our answers, along with several tips and tricks, equally terrific. Let’s get right to it. I am a beginner and need guidance with […]

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Emergency and Disaster Planning | 10 Critical Procedures to Follow

Critical emergency and disaster planning can’t wait. Because when an emergency situation arises, it’s too late to plan. Now is the time to take every precaution possible to ensure the safety of everyone in your facility during an emergency. Not only is it good business practice; in most places, it is also the law. Here […]

Save Water with These 5 Landscape Planning Tips

The hot, dry summer season is rapidly approaching. In many parts of the world, including here in California, drought conditions are wreaking havoc on water supplies. Many jurisdictions are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage. Mandatory rationing is possible. But wherever you live, landscape planning that uses native and drought-tolerant plants can conserve […]

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Survey Says: Most Execs Doodle Visuals by Hand

A recent survey of business owners, executives, and managers revealed some startling facts. Perhaps the most surprising is this: Nearly two-thirds of upper-management business people who took the survey say they use a pencil and paper to convey visuals in their business. We aren’t talking about doodles on a note pad for their own amusement […]

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Does Lean Work in Healthcare?

The term Lean is often followed by the term manufacturing, since that’s where the idea first took root. So it’s natural that many people—maybe most people—outside of manufacturing aren’t aware of Lean methods. If you aren’t familiar with Lean, it is what I like to call an organizational lifestyle change. Just as a commitment to […]

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