Unless you know someone you can’t find him. Knowing is important to find. This is exactly true when we deal with wastes in any manufacturing process. We focus on improving machine efficiency, introducing new technology, providing training, etc., without understanding what waste is in manufacturing processes. Most of us have this problem. We are surrounded…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #58 – Know Waste
Determining where to focus is key to improvement! The 80/20 rule of the Pareto principle, states 80% of the mistakes created by 20% of the events in any manufacturing or service industries. 20% of the events, observed in the Pareto chart are often found interrelated with other events within the chart. So, to understand the…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #57- Use 99/1 Rule
Fear makes us stupid! Dr. Edwards Deming verbalized this concept as once of his 14 management principles as ‘Drive Fear Out of the Organization’ nearly decades ago in his famous book Out of the Crisis. Because the fear creates stress, the very nature of our brain induces thoughtless responses as an outcome of the stress.…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #56 – Drive Fear Out of the Organization
“Full kitting is the process of clarifying requirements, getting sign-offs, the staging of materials, etc. before the initiation of tasks.” – Goldratt Usually, the activities that allow tasks to be done without interruptions are included in the full kit list. A doctor and her team performing the medical treatment in an operation theatre without checking…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #55 – Implement Full Kitting
As a team leader or manager, your job is not to give solutions to every problem, but make sure your team members think scientifically and find out the solutions themselves. You don’t need to tell people exactly how to do it. Rather, you should make them understand the problem and involve them in the process…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #54 – Don’t tell them, how to do it.
If you are struggling to bring a change in your organization, especially to get support or consensus, from others including the management, simply to follow the advice of Mahatma Gandhi “Become the change you want to see in the world.” If you begin the change to one area under your influence and make it a…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #52 – Become the Change You Want to See
One advantage of documenting the workflow and showing it to operators is that it removes the “fault” for a poor method from the operator. If you see waste and point it out to operators, they will likely explain why it is necessary (defending the method, which they own). If you diagram the work and show…… Continue reading Lean Business Tips #51 – Focus on the Work, Not the Operator
“A handful of simple and implementable lean business tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs” Lean Business Tips #49- Be a Factory Rat Taiichi Ohno, the Chief architect of Toyota Production System, had always insisted his managers be close to the action, in touch with reality. He deployed a concept called ‘standing in a circle’ to…… Continue reading Collection of Lean Business Tips #01- 49