By setting a perfect standard we can sometimes make the standard impossible to realise. It's much better to set a realistic standard that requires some improvement to achieve but doesn't necessarily ask for perfection all at once.
As I watch our team members explain how they or their team personally changed their own work processes for the better, I am reminded both of how far the culture has come in nearly three years and of the truth that lean culture grows out of the empowerment and commitment of people.
The beauty of this tool is that it helps teams to develop all the parts of a process at once, so that measuring and managing is considered at the same time as developing processes and writing procedures. It's also easily communicated to multiple process users, making it much easier to achieve a standard approach.
Clutter is the cause of many unpleasant side effects whether it’s in our homes, our minds, our schedule or our work processes.
Anyone who has been involved with lean for any period of time has had experience with one of the most powerful and also one of the trickiest lean tools around. The visual display board. When designed and used correctly a visual display board is an asset to any team. They keep us on track, communicate … Continue reading Minimalist Lean – Avoiding the pitfalls of visual display boards
I like to organise things. I am one of those people who will straighten the few pieces of paper on my desk and the pen alongside so that everything is, in my opinion anyway, zen and just so. The lean housekeeping tool 5S, has been made famous by Toyota as a method for continuous improvement … Continue reading In 5S, Sort comes before Set in Order