Lean Thoughts


This week’s Issue | 23/03/2020

Imagine an Undertaker concerned about headcount …

The Resident Love Goddess and I purchase our eggs from a local farmer who by day is an Undertaker.  Yesterday he conveyed his concern about being able to retain his employees … the Covid 19 virus is impacting everything …. He knows that his business is going to increase (unfortunately) but due to crowd control requirements, loved ones will need to be cremated and memorial services scheduled for a later date  … so far memorial bereavement for 25 families are currently on hold.

 

If you need help … we are here !!!   Take advantage of our digital printing capabilities or we are willing to help those who are converting existing processes to provide products that are in current need.  We are ready to help design, balance or even staff your initiative.   We also have a library of safety Stations, Handwashing Instructions, Sanitation Stations all complete with instructions …

 

I have no idea what is going to become the new normal?  But everyone will ultimately be changing processes … currently being done without cost or efficiency in mind but that will change as we stabilize … and here is where we can really help.  Crisis can breed innovation … but ultimately the innovation needs to be “Value” as defined what our customers are willing to pay for.

 

Your journey is our journey and we are ready to travel together …



This week’s Issue | 16/03/2020

Intersecting circles ???  Read the newsletter on how this applies to your Supply-Chain strategy for uninterrupted supply.  It may be too late currently but hopefully a thought starter for going forward and once again the power of developing your Project | Product | Process – FMEA in advance.



This week’s Issue | 09/03/2020

If you observe really successful organizations you will quickly realize that critical to their success is how they manage material movement internally and through their Supply Chains.  My uncle used to constantly remind me that he was managing a logistics company that just happened to have a grocery store as the destination!!

 

Look at Ford who mastered the assembly line to minimize movement of WIP … McDonalds who have worked hard to reduce motion to provide that Fat Food experience the 15 second rule at Tim Hortons and even Wal-Mart who are now utilizing their big-box stores as regional distribution centers to provide 2 hour delivery from order acceptance … so why is material movement still typically ignored by others?  This week we explore different strategies that could be used for replenishment …

 

Of course do nit ignore administrative functions … in the west we love our offices and cubicles … but these create Technology Silos which ultimately create “Move and Que” process flow which just slow the process …

 

Once you determine your Material Management methodology then the other Lean Methodologies will start to make more sense ….

 

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This week’s Issue | 02/03/2020

If you believe the numbers … then typically for every person you employ there are 10 people within your supply chain relying on your leadership skills.  Now the challenge is whether you decide to pursue an adversarial un-trusting relationship with your supply chain or one of collaboration.  But in essence both require audits to insure that value-add has been optimized throughout the Value Stream.

 

Here is where you need to see beyond the “Game Speak” coming from your suppliers and how you show leadership.  I been part of an audit that after a 3 hour boardroom presentation about all the great merits of the company an audit was terminated after a brief audit of a mechanics tool-box and also learned to be extremely cautious and respectful of the ultra-quiet individual in your japan based company.

 

So a few more eccentric thoughts and insights in this week’s newsletter gathered along the journey of life and doing external company audits … maybe one will work for you in the future.



This week’s Issue | 24/02/2020

Growing up as a teenager I remember asking my Dad if he was concerned about how my generation was exploring the use of drugs?  He quickly responded that the exploration of using mind alternating drugs have been around for generations they just had a different slant … after the second world war the drug of choice was opium and alcohol … so time s change but the challenges in essence remain the same …

So am I becoming cynical as I start to read about Collaboration and Material conveyance as new operation frontiers?  Probably … we should have had these attributes mastered years ago … and for those companies that have they are now leaders within the business world.  Like Wal Mart that internally acknowledges that it is nothing more than a logistics provider that just happens to deliver products consumer desire or Toyota the often mimicked corporate model where the backbone of their methodologies is actually material conveyance while others scramble to adopt the enablers as key initiatives missing the core completely.

So this week we reflect on a couple of old concepts that are becoming new again but with a different slant.



This week’s Issue | 17/02/2020

Even messy people believe in organization … just ask my former accountant Bill Mitchell whose office was a true picture of Chaos and would not allow me in his office because according to him he knew where every file was located … but his invoices always arrived as past-due … so this week we take a look again at 5S … but this time form my lazy readers I have incorporated a simple homework assignment to help you better understand the power of being organized … believe me it will take you less than 5 minutes to complete …

Don Soderquist did a nice video to demonstrate just how inefficient you can become in your office …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cpw1kiqtqU

BTW … should you want help educating your people about the power and value of 5S+1 we have a powerful simulation which can be bridged to workplace assignments for some immediate results.  The simulation takes around 2 hours to complete and is best for groups of 12-16 people per session.



This week’s Issue | 10/02/2020

Throughout my career I must profess that I was an extremely lazy manager … especially when it applied to the tactile requirements of my position.  I have always followed the mantra of either 1) Lead 2) Follow or 3) Get out of the way … so my trifecta of process improvement tools always comprised of the following knowing that they would deliver an immediate 20-30% improvement even before I touched anything else … They are;

  •  Daily Report-Out Methodology
  • Hourly Run Board
  • TPM — Total Productive Management

If I had to start our practice over I would most likely focus on these methodologies.  Like many other methodologies they seem like they can be easily copied but then you will miss the powerful subtleties that are the real attributes of delivery.  We have several clients in current phases of implementing it themselves and one I believe is on draft version 4 obtaining minimal results … soon however they seek to make the investment instead of incurring the ongoing expense.

Most think that these methodologies are typically limited to the manufacturing area … but WOW you will gain significantly more gain if applied in the office.  For example consider an Hourly Run Board in customer Service to track customer call or the number of orders entered … I guarantee you will identify opportunity.

A  friend in Australia shared the following link about the fires … he was close but thankfully not directly affected.  This documentary is long but very candid and definitely not verbally edited.  In spite of the danger the pictures are vivid and I am glad that I am in the position to “Watch” and not “Live” the environment.  The link will take you to the general site and then “click” Black Summer ….

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/four-corners



This week’s Issue | 03/02/2020

I believe that everyone either as individuals or part of an organization are constantly seeking to achieve the Perfect Process.  However that Perfect Process will look different depending on your profession or industry but still in your mind it needs to be that Perfect Process … so this week we explore that thought further.  If you wish to discuss or dialogue this topic further send us e-mails or telephone.

I love this process to watch … but it sure fails my definition of “Value Add” unless I quantify it as entertainment or amusement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWk9N92-wvg



This week’s Issue | 27/01/2020

Fortunately the Resident Love Goddess and I get to travel extensively and interact with a lot of different organizations.  The most common discussion for the past year has been regarding people … how to find them, how to hire them and then retain them.  In nearly all of the areas we travel the common theme is that people availability is in very short supply … no we are not talking about skilled resources (which are always in short supply) but just regular labour … with many organizations turning to importing foreign talent … so imagine my surprise that on another HR blog I follow is that the most popular articles last year was how jettison people cost effectively … so really makes you wonder about recruiting strategies.  I tend to concur that almost at all levels within the organization the cost to hire is at least 30% of the first year remuneration or even north of 100K in many instances … so how is your recruitment strategy and current turnover?  Explore some thoughts in our newsletter …

Don’t play favorites  like here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpLGbwOyxo

Or do your recruiting interview like this … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYAj-eyH2ws

 



This week’s Issue | 20/01/2020

The success of any organization goes beyond your technology, product or service.  All of these attributes need to be fueled by employees and employees look for and need leadership.  Leaders that are willing to calculated risks and know the value they bring to the organization.  Many organizations do become hindered due to the lack of confidence they don’t see in themselves or fear to make a decision they know will help them and their company be significantly better …

Now many leaders inside their thoughts wish they could operate like Terry Tate …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5dJb2YG7vU

While others know what responsibilities come with the title and what needs to get done like delivering bad news …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2M1UheEKtY

However, to find a balance of attributes and perhaps refresh some of your leadership traits we have this week’s newsletter …


Lean Thoughts

Being a LEADER in Uncertain Times? — We are standing beside you

This week’s Issue | 23/03/2020 Imagine an Undertaker concerned about headcount … The Resident Love Goddess and I purchase our eggs from a local farmer who by day is an Undertaker.  Yesterday he conveyed his concern about being able to retain

Supply-Chain Strategy

This week’s Issue | 16/03/2020 Intersecting circles ???  Read the newsletter on how this applies to your Supply-Chain strategy for uninterrupted supply.  It may be too late currently but hopefully a thought starter for going forward and once again the

INVENTORY Replenishment

This week’s Issue | 09/03/2020 If you observe really successful organizations you will quickly realize that critical to their success is how they manage material movement internally and through their Supply Chains.  My uncle used to constantly remind me that

Not Quite … Leadership Coaching

This week’s Issue | 02/03/2020 If you believe the numbers … then typically for every person you employ there are 10 people within your supply chain relying on your leadership skills.  Now the challenge is whether you decide to pursue

REALLY?… material movement is the next frontier?

This week’s Issue | 24/02/2020 Growing up as a teenager I remember asking my Dad if he was concerned about how my generation was exploring the use of drugs?  He quickly responded that the exploration of using mind alternating drugs

Simple 5S+1 — a desktop exercise

This week’s Issue | 17/02/2020 Even messy people believe in organization … just ask my former accountant Bill Mitchell whose office was a true picture of Chaos and would not allow me in his office because according to him he

Daily Rport-Outs

This week’s Issue | 10/02/2020 Throughout my career I must profess that I was an extremely lazy manager … especially when it applied to the tactile requirements of my position.  I have always followed the mantra of either 1) Lead

Defining the PERFECT PROCESS

This week’s Issue | 03/02/2020 I believe that everyone either as individuals or part of an organization are constantly seeking to achieve the Perfect Process.  However that Perfect Process will look different depending on your profession or industry but still

HUMAN RESOURCE OXYMORON ?

This week’s Issue | 27/01/2020 Fortunately the Resident Love Goddess and I get to travel extensively and interact with a lot of different organizations.  The most common discussion for the past year has been regarding people … how to find

Leadership Traits

This week’s Issue | 20/01/2020 The success of any organization goes beyond your technology, product or service.  All of these attributes need to be fueled by employees and employees look for and need leadership.  Leaders that are willing to calculated

Lean Thoughts

Being a LEADER in Uncertain Times? — We are standing beside you

This week’s Issue | 23/03/2020 Imagine an Undertaker concerned about headcount … The Resident Love Goddess and I purchase our eggs from a local farmer who by day is an Undertaker.  Yesterday he conveyed his concern about being able to retain

Supply-Chain Strategy

This week’s Issue | 16/03/2020 Intersecting circles ???  Read the newsletter on how this applies to your Supply-Chain strategy for uninterrupted supply.  It may be too late currently but hopefully a thought starter for going forward and once again the

INVENTORY Replenishment

This week’s Issue | 09/03/2020 If you observe really successful organizations you will quickly realize that critical to their success is how they manage material movement internally and through their Supply Chains.  My uncle used to constantly remind me that

Not Quite … Leadership Coaching

This week’s Issue | 02/03/2020 If you believe the numbers … then typically for every person you employ there are 10 people within your supply chain relying on your leadership skills.  Now the challenge is whether you decide to pursue

REALLY?… material movement is the next frontier?

This week’s Issue | 24/02/2020 Growing up as a teenager I remember asking my Dad if he was concerned about how my generation was exploring the use of drugs?  He quickly responded that the exploration of using mind alternating drugs

Simple 5S+1 — a desktop exercise

This week’s Issue | 17/02/2020 Even messy people believe in organization … just ask my former accountant Bill Mitchell whose office was a true picture of Chaos and would not allow me in his office because according to him he

Daily Rport-Outs

This week’s Issue | 10/02/2020 Throughout my career I must profess that I was an extremely lazy manager … especially when it applied to the tactile requirements of my position.  I have always followed the mantra of either 1) Lead

Defining the PERFECT PROCESS

This week’s Issue | 03/02/2020 I believe that everyone either as individuals or part of an organization are constantly seeking to achieve the Perfect Process.  However that Perfect Process will look different depending on your profession or industry but still

HUMAN RESOURCE OXYMORON ?

This week’s Issue | 27/01/2020 Fortunately the Resident Love Goddess and I get to travel extensively and interact with a lot of different organizations.  The most common discussion for the past year has been regarding people … how to find

Leadership Traits

This week’s Issue | 20/01/2020 The success of any organization goes beyond your technology, product or service.  All of these attributes need to be fueled by employees and employees look for and need leadership.  Leaders that are willing to calculated