Blueprint Connections

Connecting Big Ideas

“A bad system will beat a good person every time.” ~ W. Edwards Deming As you think about moving upstream, the Virtual Blueprint Institute VII, scheduled for August 4-5, will support you and your team with upstream thinking and continuous improvement planning.  Not only will connections be made to the seven questions for upstream thinking, …

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Upstream Thinking . . . Who will pay for what does not happen?

“We can pay to fix problems once they happen, or we can pay in advance to prevent them.” ~ Dan Heath Let’s shift thinking a little.  Within the continuous improvement process, based on a needs assessment, teams determine evidence-based strategies to implement.  Throughout this process, teams ask, what is the right thing to do? And, …

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Upstream Thinking . . . How to know you’re succeeding?

“Getting short-term measures right is frustratingly complex.  And it’s critical.  In fact, the only thing worse than contending with short-term measures is not having them at all.” ~Dan Heath In past editions of the Blueprint Bulletin, you have familiarized yourself with Chicago Public Schools where their graduation rate was 52% in 1997.  By shifting to …

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