Lean Everyday Innovation A3

"The Colorado SOLVE Guide is the State of Colorado's method for Lean problem solving that helps Colorado employees streamline work processes that have become inefficient, freeing up time and resources to perform tasks that really matter to our customers" (State of Colorado OSPB website, 2019). Purpose/Description: The Lean Everyday Innovation (LEI) A3 is intended to guide you … Continue reading Lean Everyday Innovation A3

New Year, New You.

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. 

ADKAR: Cultivating a PI Culture with Change Management

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

Tired of meetings? Try Lean Coffee Hour

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

Process Mapping with Toast

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

Standard of Work: Draw a Pig Exercise

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