Lean Thoughts


This week’s Issue | 14/09/2020

The addition of Covid to our lives also means that most of our processes have changed and also those processed surrounding us and impacting our daily lives.   But have we just jumped to solution or have we paused to reflect on the process to insure that the process is optimized and capable to deliver the desired results?  A very quick and simple methodology to reflect on a process is the ability to sketch a Spaghetti Diagram … so this week let us pause and re-explore the power and use of a Spaghetti Diagram.

Enjoy



This week’s Issue | 08/09/2020

The majority of people truly enjoy working with a clean and orderly environment but truly do not like a huge task of cleaning.  I have been a true advocate of promoting 5 minute 5S since it can take a huge task and break it down into simple tasks … and incremental task that can be done beyond the normal cleaning .. this typically is well facilitated by having outside eyes casually audit a work area … not to insult our Team Member but rather to help them see what they have become immune towards.  Ultimately those little daily 5 minute contributions can add up to a huge contribution especially if you consider that most people work around 255 days per year an if you add up 5 minutes per working da you actually will accomplish 1,275 minutes or 21 hours to advance your organization !!!  Just imagine what could be accomplished and just how much easier every incremental improvement  will make the life of your Team Member.

More tips and tricks in the newsletter this week …

 



This week’s Issue | 24/08/2020

Every organization is redesigning their processes whether in a minor or major manner? With either a long-term view or as a temporary fix … processes are changing.  This is a good time to pause, reflect and really think about long-term process change to better your process or service delivery.  Many organizations (rightly so) have reacted by installing Lexan or other clear plastic barriers to protect employees … a good quick fix but if you understand the material you will also know that a few Sanitation cleanings or a couple of months in sunlight will scratch or make the material brittle … and if Covid still exists you will be re-investing again … when taking a bit more time and to have your shields fabricated from glass will be much longer lasting (look at sneeze guards installed on former buffet counters) … same design energy required, a bit longer and a bit more expensive to install … but a lasting solution.

Finally, always remember that process design will define your final product delivery and consistency of your product or service  … so let us reflect on another perspective of LEAN in this week’s newsletter.



This week’s Issue | 17/08/2020

Clayton Christenson was one of my professors who formalized the theory of “Disruptive Innovation” and the examples he used were very vivid but yesterday my father sent me one of those e-mails, one to make you stop and think …  I believe we are in the middle of yet another deployment of a subtle but significant “Disruptive Innovation” … We are actually living in the middle of the transition as we complete our condo renovations … just a few years ago while renovating the Digital Manor LED lighting was new … not anymore and almost every device we are installing into our condo is now Wi-Fi enabled  … so I think this week’s newsletter with content provided by Dad may actually be a true glimpse of our future …

You may be handling paper money every day but do you really appreciate the embedded technology?  This is a very cool insight about Canadian currency … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSDpYbhapv8



This week’s Issue | 10/08/2020

Many of us have heard the story of how NASA spent millions to develop a pen that would function in outer space while in Russia they handed their astronauts a pencil.   Innovation without following a rational process can quickly become complex and complexity can and most likely will be expensive … at the other end of the spectrum a simple solution may be implemented to avert what may be perceived as a temporary problem and the solution becomes a Permanent Temporary Fix … so finding a balance is critical.  All I can suggest is that any process change should be viewed as a permanent solution and truly balanced within your VOC because even temporary solutions can become very expensive either during implementation or with ongoing execution.

This week we take a quick look and review of innovation within the newsletter … enjoy !!



This week’s Issue | 03/08/2020

In many cases to implement effective change requires a burning platform.  In the case of Covid this burning platform has inspired many inspirations of innovation to protect consumers and fellow employees.  Since we are unsure about the longevity or sustainability of Covid defenses we need to be weary about innovative changes … simple changes done today could become Permanent Temporary Changes (PTFs) … so assessing innovation against Quality, Cost, Delivery and Safety should be mandatory.  Innovations to process can also have an impact on process cadence .. so a brief review of cadence is covered this week in the newsletter.

We are also available to help with Visual Management products to support Physical Distancing and barriers for personal security … contact us with your need or challenges.



This week’s Issue | 20/07/2020

In many cases Covid has thrown a wrench into Standardized Work … Tasks have been re-sequenced, tasks have been dropped and then new tasks have been added not to mention that many people have self-isolated which places you in very close and constant environment with those close to you.  So a bit of a departure this week hopefully by sharing a tip to maintain harmony … by not counting!!!  It is a very simple thought but can be powerful in maintaining harmony … read the newsletter for more insight.



This week’s Issue | 13/07/2020

You already have the Product, Service or Technology which forms the base of your company brand but now you have the unique opportunity to review, enhance or reset your processes and your Lean journey .. thanks to Covid … WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY !!!   Your people are now getting used to a constant change to their process and the formalization of tribal knowledge has been shaken … so it has never been a better time to challenge your processes for the better.   The use of “Outside Eyes” during this phase is beyond useful … let them question everything … let them question to the void and plead don’t defend the status quo but see every question posed as an opportunity for improvement …

The greatest fodder for improvement is “Reflections” whether daily, monthly or quarterly … and this does not mean your personal reflections but also from your entire team held within a no-blame environment … short and concise so you capture “top-of-mind” concerns and convert them to process improvements.



This week’s Issue | 06/07/2020

Living with Covid has meant traditional processes are being constantly modified then adjusted as everyone attempt to make life feel as normal as possible or at least how they remember normal … but in some cases these new process changes are actually wonderful new experiences that I personally hope will stay forever.  Hence this week I decided to write the content about be afraid that you do not succumb to the 30 inch view and the power of as a leader being the observer …

As the use of masks are being encouraged or even mandated how do you know if your mask is truly effective?  Try the “Candle Test” … attach your mask to your face as prescribed and then light a match, candle or lighter and the n through your mask attempt to blow out the flame … if you can, it is time to replace your mask, if you cant you are good to go with an effective mask.   Wear you mask if you are a kind human being … it is not only meant to protect you but also to protect others from you … let us be kind to one and other!!!

Enjoy the other Covid advantage as restaurants are allowed to expand patio dining … the weather is wonderful so who would want to sit and eat inside anyway.   ENJOY !!!



This week’s Issue | 22/06/2020

Work Breakdown analysis was the foundation that enabled Ford to create the assembly line … this destroyed the myth that batch work was best or “one person, one complete product” … Now with Covid and the non-negotiable factor of inconsistent employee attendance … the use of “Cellular Process” will be a powerful attribute to your operation.  Concerns about Physical Distancing are mute … since you can design the cell to operate in one of 2 primary manners … 1) material is moved from station to station or … 2) people and material move from station to station.

Simple engineering will support Physical Distancing and the power of cells allows you to flex capacity to market need quickly.  And … the concern about tribal knowledge limiting productivity is eliminated since you have no room to accommodate tribal knowledge and in many cases visual connection is better than verbal connection to improve consistent quality and productivity.   Plus these methodologies work awesome in office and administrative processes …

A quick introduction to cellular is in this week’s newsletter … or contact us for design help  or process refinement.


Lean Thoughts

Spaghetti Diagrams

This week’s Issue | 14/09/2020 The addition of Covid to our lives also means that most of our processes have changed and also those processed surrounding us and impacting our daily lives.   But have we just jumped to solution or

5 Minute — 5S+1 … again

This week’s Issue | 08/09/2020 The majority of people truly enjoy working with a clean and orderly environment but truly do not like a huge task of cleaning.  I have been a true advocate of promoting 5 minute 5S since

Another Perspective of LEAN

This week’s Issue | 24/08/2020 Every organization is redesigning their processes whether in a minor or major manner? With either a long-term view or as a temporary fix … processes are changing.  This is a good time to pause, reflect

TOMORROW

This week’s Issue | 17/08/2020 Clayton Christenson was one of my professors who formalized the theory of “Disruptive Innovation” and the examples he used were very vivid but yesterday my father sent me one of those e-mails, one to make

Permanent Temporary Fix (PTF) or Innovation?

This week’s Issue | 10/08/2020 Many of us have heard the story of how NASA spent millions to develop a pen that would function in outer space while in Russia they handed their astronauts a pencil.   Innovation without following a

CADENCE

This week’s Issue | 03/08/2020 In many cases to implement effective change requires a burning platform.  In the case of Covid this burning platform has inspired many inspirations of innovation to protect consumers and fellow employees.  Since we are unsure

No Counting

This week’s Issue | 20/07/2020 In many cases Covid has thrown a wrench into Standardized Work … Tasks have been re-sequenced, tasks have been dropped and then new tasks have been added not to mention that many people have self-isolated

PUSH or PULL Lean Implementation

This week’s Issue | 13/07/2020 You already have the Product, Service or Technology which forms the base of your company brand but now you have the unique opportunity to review, enhance or reset your processes and your Lean journey ..

30 Inch View — you cannot LEAD by DOING !!

This week’s Issue | 06/07/2020 Living with Covid has meant traditional processes are being constantly modified then adjusted as everyone attempt to make life feel as normal as possible or at least how they remember normal … but in some

Cellular will work despite Covid-19

This week’s Issue | 22/06/2020 Work Breakdown analysis was the foundation that enabled Ford to create the assembly line … this destroyed the myth that batch work was best or “one person, one complete product” … Now with Covid and

Lean Thoughts

Spaghetti Diagrams

This week’s Issue | 14/09/2020 The addition of Covid to our lives also means that most of our processes have changed and also those processed surrounding us and impacting our daily lives.   But have we just jumped to solution or

5 Minute — 5S+1 … again

This week’s Issue | 08/09/2020 The majority of people truly enjoy working with a clean and orderly environment but truly do not like a huge task of cleaning.  I have been a true advocate of promoting 5 minute 5S since

Another Perspective of LEAN

This week’s Issue | 24/08/2020 Every organization is redesigning their processes whether in a minor or major manner? With either a long-term view or as a temporary fix … processes are changing.  This is a good time to pause, reflect

TOMORROW

This week’s Issue | 17/08/2020 Clayton Christenson was one of my professors who formalized the theory of “Disruptive Innovation” and the examples he used were very vivid but yesterday my father sent me one of those e-mails, one to make

Permanent Temporary Fix (PTF) or Innovation?

This week’s Issue | 10/08/2020 Many of us have heard the story of how NASA spent millions to develop a pen that would function in outer space while in Russia they handed their astronauts a pencil.   Innovation without following a

CADENCE

This week’s Issue | 03/08/2020 In many cases to implement effective change requires a burning platform.  In the case of Covid this burning platform has inspired many inspirations of innovation to protect consumers and fellow employees.  Since we are unsure

No Counting

This week’s Issue | 20/07/2020 In many cases Covid has thrown a wrench into Standardized Work … Tasks have been re-sequenced, tasks have been dropped and then new tasks have been added not to mention that many people have self-isolated

PUSH or PULL Lean Implementation

This week’s Issue | 13/07/2020 You already have the Product, Service or Technology which forms the base of your company brand but now you have the unique opportunity to review, enhance or reset your processes and your Lean journey ..

30 Inch View — you cannot LEAD by DOING !!

This week’s Issue | 06/07/2020 Living with Covid has meant traditional processes are being constantly modified then adjusted as everyone attempt to make life feel as normal as possible or at least how they remember normal … but in some

Cellular will work despite Covid-19

This week’s Issue | 22/06/2020 Work Breakdown analysis was the foundation that enabled Ford to create the assembly line … this destroyed the myth that batch work was best or “one person, one complete product” … Now with Covid and