How optimisations pay off

Digital self-optimisers

The generation of digital self-optimisers: their training equipment for constant self-improvement are their smartphones and apps, fitness trackers and weight-loss software. In the USA alone, 35 million people now use computerised technology to work towards becoming a better version of themselves. Most of these users are men.

 

Goethe’s step counter

The idea of monitoring yourself dates back centuries: Goethe kept detailed daily records from 1796. For more than 35 years, he took daily notes on the progress of his works, with whom and when he ate, drank tea or spoke and even the route he took to walk there.

 

Turning set-up time into production time

The Lapp Group was able to save 2 ½ hours by optimising the set-up time of a production plant in Edolo, Italy. As the production line needs to be set up 7 times a week, they gained 7 x 2 ½ hours. That makes 17 ½ hours of extra production rather than set-up time.

 

Deliberately improving your chances of winning the lottery

In order to guarantee getting 6 winning numbers on a lottery ticket, each of the 13,983,816 different combinations would need to be played once. According to stochastics and statistics, it is most likely that 3 even and 3 odd numbers will be drawn. Good luck!

More founders, less bureaucracy

The World Bank Group’s Ease of Doing Business Index measures the number of days spent on bureaucracy when a company is founded. 151 countries were recently able to improve their position in the overall index. Only 38 countries either made no progress or fell in the ranking, including Japan, the Netherlands – and Germany.

 

Kaizen for all

Toyota is the main company behind the kaizen attitude, i.e. increasing the company’s competitive edge in small steps with constant improvements. These days, this method is not just reserved for the major players. Kaizen is used in just under 2/3 of small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

Better with a processor

When technological progress is the driving force behind material prosperity, the number of transistors that can fit on a microprocessor is a basis for assessing this. The American manufacturer Intel has increased this figure more than tenfold since 2004.

 

It was better in the old days

At least 41 percent of Germans believe this to be true. But when were ‘the old days’? 31% think the 60s were better than the present, 43% feel the best decade was the 70s and 47% thought the 80s were better than today.