Lean Thoughts


This week’s Issue | 16/09/2019

Oh My !!!  What happens if we train our employees and then they decide to leave?

It could be worse if we decide not to train them and they decide to stay!

 

As we enter into last quarter of the year many organizations will begin to plan their strategy and objectives for 2020.  Of course we would be delighted to assist you with your planning process … just contact us or if you are planning to provide some employee training I have attached some outlines of workshops we can provide.   Select one or bundle a bunch and we will provide you with a quote.

 

Decided to go a bit visual this week with some thought starters to plan or align your Lean Journey.



This week’s Issue | 09/09/2019

I decided not to publish a newsletter last week because I was enjoying our visit to Quebec City.  However this week we explore how to identify and use KPI’s within our organizations.  A simple KPI can quickly change the behavior within our organization so they should be studied before implementation to determine what effect it will have.



This week’s Issue | 26/08/2019

I apologize for the 2 attachments this week.  I believe that an expert can make something that is complex and difficult look extremely simple ….. so much so that they try to do it themselves without assistance and ultimately fail.  So this week we provide some insight on some management tools.  However in the second attachment shared by my father how an unusual musical instrument is risen to a new height … hope you enjoy both.

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Due to the size of the second attachment I have now provided you with a link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoauBe465qQ

 



This week’s Issue | 19/08/2019

I really love our suppliers … they are a unique bunch which help us provide value to our client partners.  We find that in many cases people view their suppliers in a adversarial light when a bit of positive attitude could make a significant difference.   So this week we look at some aspects of Supply Chain notions …. Enjoy.



This week’s Issue | 12/08/2019

We are constantly correcting our customers about the term of Takt Time.  Takt Time is the rate that your customer is expecting your product or service which means that you will have to produce at a faster rate when you add in your process losses like breaks and PFD (Personal, Fatigue, Delays).  So if you build you process based on Takt Time you will be in trouble.

We also delve into the benefits and explanation of cellular methodologies … we recently quoted a potential customer about adopting cellular but they believe in the Mercedes AMG method of “one person, one engine” but they have a ton of waste within the process.

Enjoy this week’s newsletter … and contact us if you want some outside eyes to potentially improve your processes.



This week’s Issue | 05/08/2019

All Performance Excellence methodologies seem to intersect bringing the practitioner to the same conclusion but perhaps through a different lens.   Lean Methodologies are used to identify and eliminate waste to improve throughput and increase value add touch labour … Six-Sigma is used to identify and reduce variability in a process making it more predictable and TOC is used to identify a bottle-neck and then optimize it to also increase through-put. 

This week we discuss Lean, Six-Sigma and Takt time



This week’s Issue | 22/07/2019

It was a bit quiet for us this week so it was a great time to begin building our project plan for our upcoming renovation plan. It is always nice to speak with experts within their specific category and then discuss and assemble the ideas into one grand vision.

This week we decided to help define what Respect for People within your organization should look like and some of the supporting enablers that should be in place if you truly believe.

My father I guess decided to wander the internet this week rather than deal with the heat and shared the following video with me …

Finally I thought this video was important to reflect how I think most humans truly are about when it came to helping this dolphin



This week’s Issue | 15/07/2019

People have been fighting the same obstacles in manufacturing during all of the time but just using different methodologies to battle the challenges … so this week we take a look at some of the manufacturing myths.



This week’s Issue | 07/07/2019

Today my father is celebrating being on this planet for 90 years … so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dad !!  Unfortunately he is so busy that we are unable to take him out for a celebration until later this week. 

Many organizations get it wrong when embarking on a Lean journey … they think it needs to start with workplace organization but in reality they should focus on velocity or Production Lead-Time (through-put) and then 5S will become an enabler … so learn more in this week’s newsletter.



This week’s Issue | 01/07/2019

Shortly we will begin celebrating Canada Day, a time for BBQ’s, beer and fireworks !!! YIPPEE !!!  Because we are getting ready for celebrations I do not have the time or patience to write a newsletter from scratch … so this week we go back and study how to manage customer demand.  Operational processes need to adjust as our customers become more impulsive and unpredictable.  Perhaps you can dictate what you want your operational lead-time to be but you need to listen to your rush order requests since that truly is the voice-of-the-customer and the appetite of the market.


Lean Thoughts

PARADIGM SHIFT

This week’s Issue | 16/09/2019 Oh My !!!  What happens if we train our employees and then they decide to leave? It could be worse if we decide not to train them and they decide to stay!   As we enter into last

Key Performance Indicators

This week’s Issue | 09/09/2019 I decided not to publish a newsletter last week because I was enjoying our visit to Quebec City.  However this week we explore how to identify and use KPI’s within our organizations.  A simple KPI

Managing Multiple Sites, Departments or Teams

This week’s Issue | 26/08/2019 I apologize for the 2 attachments this week.  I believe that an expert can make something that is complex and difficult look extremely simple ….. so much so that they try to do it themselves

Supply Chain Management

This week’s Issue | 19/08/2019 I really love our suppliers … they are a unique bunch which help us provide value to our client partners.  We find that in many cases people view their suppliers in a adversarial light when

Cellular & TAKT Time

This week’s Issue | 12/08/2019 We are constantly correcting our customers about the term of Takt Time.  Takt Time is the rate that your customer is expecting your product or service which means that you will have to produce at

Lean, 6-Sigma and Takt Time

This week’s Issue | 05/08/2019 All Performance Excellence methodologies seem to intersect bringing the practitioner to the same conclusion but perhaps through a different lens.   Lean Methodologies are used to identify and eliminate waste

This week’s Issue | 22/07/2019 It was a bit quiet for us this week so it was a great time to begin building our project plan for our upcoming renovation plan. It is always nice to speak with experts within

Manufacturing Myths

This week’s Issue | 15/07/2019 People have been fighting the same obstacles in manufacturing during all of the time but just using different methodologies to battle the challenges … so this week we take

Again what is the purpose of 5S?

This week’s Issue | 07/07/2019 Today my father is celebrating being on this planet for 90 years … so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dad !!  Unfortunately he is so busy that we are unable to take

Customer Demand Planning

This week’s Issue | 01/07/2019 Shortly we will begin celebrating Canada Day, a time for BBQ’s, beer and fireworks !!! YIPPEE !!!  Because we are getting ready for celebrations I do not have the

Lean Thoughts

PARADIGM SHIFT

This week’s Issue | 16/09/2019 Oh My !!!  What happens if we train our employees and then they decide to leave? It could be worse if we decide not to train them and they decide to stay!   As we enter into last

Key Performance Indicators

This week’s Issue | 09/09/2019 I decided not to publish a newsletter last week because I was enjoying our visit to Quebec City.  However this week we explore how to identify and use KPI’s within our organizations.  A simple KPI

Managing Multiple Sites, Departments or Teams

This week’s Issue | 26/08/2019 I apologize for the 2 attachments this week.  I believe that an expert can make something that is complex and difficult look extremely simple ….. so much so that they try to do it themselves

Supply Chain Management

This week’s Issue | 19/08/2019 I really love our suppliers … they are a unique bunch which help us provide value to our client partners.  We find that in many cases people view their suppliers in a adversarial light when

Cellular & TAKT Time

This week’s Issue | 12/08/2019 We are constantly correcting our customers about the term of Takt Time.  Takt Time is the rate that your customer is expecting your product or service which means that you will have to produce at

Lean, 6-Sigma and Takt Time

This week’s Issue | 05/08/2019 All Performance Excellence methodologies seem to intersect bringing the practitioner to the same conclusion but perhaps through a different lens.   Lean Methodologies are used to identify and eliminate waste

This week’s Issue | 22/07/2019 It was a bit quiet for us this week so it was a great time to begin building our project plan for our upcoming renovation plan. It is always nice to speak with experts within

Manufacturing Myths

This week’s Issue | 15/07/2019 People have been fighting the same obstacles in manufacturing during all of the time but just using different methodologies to battle the challenges … so this week we take

Again what is the purpose of 5S?

This week’s Issue | 07/07/2019 Today my father is celebrating being on this planet for 90 years … so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dad !!  Unfortunately he is so busy that we are unable to take

Customer Demand Planning

This week’s Issue | 01/07/2019 Shortly we will begin celebrating Canada Day, a time for BBQ’s, beer and fireworks !!! YIPPEE !!!  Because we are getting ready for celebrations I do not have the