Episode 74: 11th July 2019

LEAN vs AGILE methods, women’s football, British Airways GDPR fines ,cosmetics pioneer Estee Lauder along with olives, sprouts and cookies are all on the menu this week.

The likes of Toyota were pioneers in streamlined manufacturing processes the essence of which has found it’s way into businesses of all shapes, sizes and disciplines. This week examine how LEAN thinking can benefit even the smallest of businesses and take a look at what is meant by LEAN, AGILE, Waterfall and Scrum. It’s fair to say Heather didn’t find the subject as interesting as Tracy did so for those who experience a similar mental block why not check out hackerchick.com to learn what it’s all about in language we can all relate to?

In other news we take a look at Olives, languages that impact on your earning potential and those huge (or are they?) GDPR fines being meted out by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  and a guide to the use of cookies to keep you on the right side of the ICO laws.

This week we’ve unearthed a couple of gems for our discovery section. Tracy found a fantastic resource on the bbc.co.uk website called Reality Check which allows us all to check statistics and allegations that are appearing in the news as fact. You could certainly waste a lot of time trawling through this section of their website but she found some really interesting statistics with regard to the level of pay for female football players. 

Heather shares her thoughts on Notes From A Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti and Tracy reviews Introducing Economics – A Graphic Guide by David Orrell.

Our business person of the week is founder of one of the largest cosmetics companies in the world, Estee Lauder. Daughter of a shopkeeper who emigrated to USA from Hungary in 1898 she made her name synonymous with the world of beauty and the Estee Lauder brand continues to dominate the cosmetics industry to this day. The lady herself is credited with this rather wonderful quote:

”Be strong. Be confident. Be the star of your own life”

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