The New Year is just around the corner, which means most are taking a little time to reflect. It's a time filled with renewed energy and drive for change, with many making resolutions and planning strategies for an even more successful 2018. While creating mission statements are traditionally a Lean/Hoshin tool, it also fits well for those who perpetually set New Years Resolutions that don't result in change.
Changing the way people think about innovation is tough, and figuring out where change fails is even harder. ADKAR just might have some of the answers. Before reading this book, one must understand that process improvement works best from the bottom-up. This entails empowering your front-line employees to make necessary changes in order to enhance their work … Continue reading ADKAR: Cultivating a PI Culture with Change Management
How do you stop people from painting themselves into a corner, by stating a solution, as a problem...? We explore one simple technique to break-away and start thinking about problems, instead of their symptoms.
This was a screenshot of my calendar last week. Fairly typical of most professionals I'd say; meetings peppered throughout my day, some a simple 30 minutes where various inputs were needed, others half day problem solving sessions I was either hosting or involved with. It also seems fairly common that this doesn't describe the whole … Continue reading Tired of meetings? Try Lean Coffee Hour
Tom Wujec is famous for traveling around the world in order to fix complex business problems while relating those problems to the process of making toast. Corey Niemeyer and myself thought that this activity would mesh well with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich simulation that we developed. It seems that this simulation has gone … Continue reading Process Mapping with Toast
Do you ever wonder how the Denver Zoo uses process improvement to innovate? Watch this short clip. Thanks for sharing Sophia Ernst.
The title says it all. Take 3 minutes to see how well you can multitask. How much time was wasted during this exercise? When you are done with the video, check out this multitasking simulator from the Harvard Business Review. Source: Multitasking Destroys Productivity | Michael J. Shull
Getting to the root cause of a problem is the first step taken to understand how to fix the problem. After all, if you do not know what is causing the problem, how are you going to fix it? Ask Why 30 Times Certified Reliability Engineer Mark Galley takes this methodology one step further. Expanding … Continue reading Root Cause Analysis
If you are wondering why individuals often deliver varied results when given the same instructions, you might want to check out this standard of work exercise. Before viewing the video, click this link and print the standard of work grid and grab a writing utensil. Source: Standard of Work: Draw a Pig Exercise | Michael J. … Continue reading Standard of Work: Draw a Pig Exercise
There is no better video to explain the roots of Kaizen and the Toyota Production System than this one. When delivering food to those affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, efficiency was of paramount importance. Watch how Toyota helped streamline one relief effort in order to deliver more food, faster.