Lean Thoughts


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.



This week’s Issue | 24/06/2019

Transformations can be a challenge … as Mariela and I contemplate semi-retirement we have decided to sell the digital manor and move into a condo.  We have purchased a condo in Mimico (eastern part of Toronto) adjacent to Lake Ontario which will ultimately change our daily life style, but in a positive manner.   Transitions can be scary and may look expensive when you look at the transition costs but the final result will be truly beneficial.  This can also be said for companies looking to adopt LEAN Methodologies as part of their organizational DNA.  So this week we look at what the potential impact can have on an organization. 

Enjoy !!!



This week’s Issue | 17/06/2019

Being a Leader is not a topic of winning a popularity contest but rather holding a position that commands respect … whether it be good or bad and providing direction to execute the Vision and Mission of the organization … so this week we explore ways that Leaders can destroy that respect they should have within the organization. 

And … 

Should you be … HAPPY FATHER’S DAY !!!



This week’s Issue | 10/06/2019

This week we are in Quebec working with a client close to Quebec City which has to be one of the most charming cities within North America.  We decided to stay in a Chalet on a small vineyard which has a ton of charm only to find that the local grocery store had lobster on sale at an insane price … pure bliss wine and lobster!!! 

Last week we spoke about the simplicity of an A3 and then the newsletter spoke about engineering a process … so this week we actually discuss the simplicity of doing an A3 … sorry I got ahead of myself last week.  However once you get your organization to embrace A3 methodology it will definitely improve accountability.



This week’s Issue | 03/06/2019

Here we are at the beginning of June and I feel like I cannot put away my snow suit just yet. 

Many years ago Mariela created a simulation to train folks about the basics of 5S and when my Sensei came to our house and we explained the workings of the simulation in excited tones … with his dead pan look he asked “why are you developing such an intense training module for something that is common sense?” 

I now find myself in the same frame of mind about A3’s … I grew up using this methodology but now people publish papers and facilitate extensive workshop about the methodology … but in the end it is pretty basic which hopefully this week’s newsletter will explain and save you some significant dollars. 

Hey some of you like to travel while others like to stay close to home … but how would you like a part of you ravel to Mars?   Well if you add your name to the roster you can travel to Mars in 2020 even if t is just your name which of course is unique to you …

https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars2020/  



This week’s Issue | 27/05/2019

As leaders every day we find pride in solving problems thinking that these activities make our organization better as we inch closer to creating the perfect process.  So this week we explore the situation surrounding problems …. 

Houston we have a problem

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

 



This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019

This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy spend and highlight potential opportunities for savings.

https://www.360energy.net/ 

As we here in Canada are getting insight about the environment and the Carbon Footprint we individually or as an organization create.   We are now being hammered with a Carbon Tax which is fairly significant especially when you go to fill your vehicle with gas here in Ontario.  It became pertinent to me that although we preach about Visible and Invisible wastes that occur within the organization the cost of energy becomes a super Invisible Waste and hence may not get the focus it deserves.  Don Soderquist was a key driver while at Wal Mart imploring organizations to measure their Carbon Foot Print and how they can become a negative generator. 

So this week we go back to basics about wastes but with a bit of a twist ….



This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019

The only thing I know about forecasts is that they …

  1. Are normally wrong
  2. If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

So it becomes very important that organizations can design their operations to become flexible and agile to handle any sudden changes in customer demand.  The master of this kind of design was Brian Clements when he was running Steelcase Canada many years ago … but still viable for any organization today.



This week’s Issue | 29/04/2019

Business is humming and many organizations are looking for skilled and experienced help … but business is running so strong that they are also avoiding to invest in their people through training.  Never avoid the investment of training since is what makes your organization stronger … so this is why this week’s newsletter about “Sitting on your Hands” is important to me … 

I have also attached a profile of some of the training modules we can provide … use it as a menu to select some training for you and you organization or contact us if you do not find what you need.


Lean Thoughts

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 Transformation

This week’s Issue | 24/06/2019 Transformations can be a challenge … as Mariela and I contemplate semi-retirement we have decided to sell the digital manor and move into a condo.  We have purchased a

Mistakes Leaders Make That Kill Employee Trust

This week’s Issue | 17/06/2019 Being a Leader is not a topic of winning a popularity contest but rather holding a position that commands respect … whether it be good or bad and providing

Simplicity of an A3

This week’s Issue | 10/06/2019 This week we are in Quebec working with a client close to Quebec City which has to be one of the most charming cities within North America.  We decided

Engineer the PROCESS

This week’s Issue | 03/06/2019 Here we are at the beginning of June and I feel like I cannot put away my snow suit just yet. 

problems, Problems … PROBLEMS !!!

This week’s Issue | 27/05/2019 As leaders every day we find pride in solving problems thinking that these activities make our organization better as we inch closer to creating the perfect process.  So this

Waste

This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019 This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy

Rubber Factory

This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019 The only thing I know about forecasts is that they … Are normally wrong If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

Sit on your hands

This week’s Issue | 29/04/2019 Business is humming and many organizations are looking for skilled and experienced help … but business is running so strong that they are also avoiding to invest in their

Lean Thoughts

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 Transformation

This week’s Issue | 24/06/2019 Transformations can be a challenge … as Mariela and I contemplate semi-retirement we have decided to sell the digital manor and move into a condo.  We have purchased a

Mistakes Leaders Make That Kill Employee Trust

This week’s Issue | 17/06/2019 Being a Leader is not a topic of winning a popularity contest but rather holding a position that commands respect … whether it be good or bad and providing

Simplicity of an A3

This week’s Issue | 10/06/2019 This week we are in Quebec working with a client close to Quebec City which has to be one of the most charming cities within North America.  We decided

Engineer the PROCESS

This week’s Issue | 03/06/2019 Here we are at the beginning of June and I feel like I cannot put away my snow suit just yet. 

problems, Problems … PROBLEMS !!!

This week’s Issue | 27/05/2019 As leaders every day we find pride in solving problems thinking that these activities make our organization better as we inch closer to creating the perfect process.  So this

Waste

This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019 This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy

Rubber Factory

This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019 The only thing I know about forecasts is that they … Are normally wrong If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

Sit on your hands

This week’s Issue | 29/04/2019 Business is humming and many organizations are looking for skilled and experienced help … but business is running so strong that they are also avoiding to invest in their