Visible Preventable Management

This week’s Issue | 29/01/2018

By now everyone is back into the groove … so the chance for errors increases.  This week we review the power of using TPM to avoid silly mistakes.

I wanted to share with you the following story that I found recently … just to give you a chuckle …

Lean in Government or

   How the Government WorksLI hope it is not true
Once upon a time the government had a scrap yard in the middle of a desert.  Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.”  So they created a night watchman position and hired a person at $18,000.00 a year for the job.

Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?”  So they created a planning department and hired two people –  one person to write the instructions for $22,000.00 and one person to do time studies for an additional $22,000.00 per year.

Then congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?”  So they created a quality control department and hired two people.  One was to do the studies for $31,000.00 and one to write the reports for an additional $31,000,00 per year.

Then Congress said,  “How are these people going to get paid?”  So they created the following positions: a time keeper for a $35,000.00 annual salary and a payroll officer for an additional $35,000.00.  Then they created an administrative section and hired three more people — an  Administrative Officer at $155,000.00 per year, an Assistant Administrative Officer at $125,000.00 and a Legal Secretary at $100,000.00 per year.          

Then Congress said, “We have had this operating for one year with a budget cost of $574,000.00 and we are $18,000.00 over budget.  We must cut back costs.”


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