Are you monitoring vital behavior using Statistical Process Control (SPC)? Operating a business is is all about knowing what is going on across all of your platforms. For many who hear that statement, there are objections to the concept. Some feel it is micro-management. Others feel that monitoring that level of detail is just not […]
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Untangling the twists and turns of workflow in a process can be frustrating. Have you ever tried to visualize the flow of a process, from start to finish? In most organizations, it can be convoluted and complex. The goal, of course, of any workflow, it to try and use the most direct flow from point […]
What does your Andon System tell you? Typically, it is a manufacturing process that says there is something wrong and your attention is wrong. The word Andon simply means ‘lantern.’ Just like any other light, its presence tells us of a problem. But is it the act of the light or is it what the […]
Can you win Olympic Gold with Six Sigma? Are there similarities between an Olympic athlete and Six Sigma? A little half way through the Olympic Games in Rio, we are witnessing some of the best athletic performances in history. Just as amazing are their background stories, getting to see exactly just what it takes to […]
Lean Standard Work has become a major component of most Lean systems. This is fundamentally a lean-principled way for managers at all levels to execute their work. There is a natural push back from leaders about having their own standard work, but they should have at least 5-25% of their time spent on recurring and […]