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Good Things Take Time…

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Or, how I can combine my love of Jelly Belly candy and writing about project management.

Candy season is starting – from Halloween through Easter it’s pretty much all candy all the time.  To kick off the festivities, and perhaps placate my own personal sweet tooth, this month’s missive comes from the land of Jelly Belly brand jelly beans.

Recently I caught their factory profile on the Travel Channel’s “extreme mega factory” show.  Sandwiched in between features on the Intel clean room and the the Lego – all robot run factory, was a short bit on how jelly beans are made vis a vis the Jelly Belly Plant.

On the Jelly Belly web site they have a nifty web site where you can follow along the life of a bean.

http://www.jellybelly.com/Virtual_Tour/virtual_tour.aspx

Here they have video and text explanations along every step of the way, and a trusty map so that you can follow the beans through the candy plant.

I was surprised that it takes about a week to bring a jelly bean into existence. It makes sense that something that small and tasty would take time. And it requires a repeatable process.

What was most interesting to me was the fact that they build in rest periods for the jelly beans.  That’s right, it takes about 7 days to make a jelly bean and 50% of that time (split in 2 parts) is waiting for the bean to do it’s thing.

Sometimes on projects we complain about the hurry up and wait part of the interaction between stakeholders.  The next time that happens to me, I’m going out for a package of Jelly Belly.

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Written by marahrosenberg

9 October 2009 at 10:15 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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