Archive for November, 2019


Another approach to 5S+1

This week’s Issue | 25/11/2019 Many years ago I was handed “carte blanche” to deploy Lean Methodologies across the organization.  Many speak about gaining support from the top … something we had since the activities and project plan had been approved by the Board of Directors .. so what was the problem?   A significant attribute within our deployment was the adoption of 5S which was woven intricately among the many other Lean Methodologies that were part of the overall project


Visual Attendance

This week’s Issue | 18/11/2019 I believe that one of the most insulting pillars that exist in many organizations is the requirement for employees to “clock” into and out of work every day.  We have worked hard to recruit capable people that align with our beliefs and will fit nicely into our culture.  We develop and integrate many methodologies to increase engagement and then the insult … you need to “clock”.   Remember, we have hired adults and being an adult



This week’s Issue | 11/11/2019 No Lean Tips this week … instead we want you to pause to remember … I am not a war veteran, but today we remember in acknowledgement of Remembrance Day or Veteran’s day to the many folks you went without question to protect the freedom and democracy we enjoy and sometimes appreciate today. I grew up in Guelph Ontario which is the birth place of John McCrae and on a daily basis I walked past his birth



This week’s Issue | 04/11/2019 Most people laugh at the following story … but there is actually quite a bit of truth contained within the story.  We witness this often as people decide to go on a journey alone since they may have seen a methodology in action before and feel that it would be simple to replicate and will ultimately pay the price or fool themselves by doing cost avoidance .. but is it really?  So this week in