The False Thrill of Fake Victory
Tell me if you've heard this Lean joke before: A husband and wife walk into a bar the store... The Setup Two weeks prior, they had ordered a series of frames for new family photos to adorn their living room wall. They sat with the salesperson, weighed the options,...
Why Utah Lean Six Sigma Training Center?
Click on the images to learn more about Utah Lean Six Sigma Training Center Why Choose Utah Lean Six Sigma Training Center The Four A's of Training Past Clients
Is Virtual Training Here to Stay?
(Cover image credit: educegroup.com) Is Virtual Training Here to Stay? Finding Gratitude in Tough Times We have a tradition in my home. Every evening at the end of the day the four of us express gratitude for one thing that we experienced that day. Often that...
Keeping it Simple
“What would this look like if it were easy?” -Tim Ferris Sometimes I sit in my simple little commuter car and marvel at what a marvel of engineering it is. Thousands of intricate parts work in near perfect harmony to carry me down the road in what is the relative lap...
Mistake proofing is a concept that has existed longer than anyone can accurately define. Poka Yoke, the Japanese term for mistake proofing, was formally defined and systematized by Shigeo Shingo of Toyota in the 1960’s. It has become a standard for creating processes that are designed to either not be able to produce a specific defect or automatically detect and reject a specific defect. Mistake proofing has been used across industries to create efficient workspaces, but has been heavily relied upon to create safe environments. To be able to implement mistake proofing we need to understand the types of mistakes people can make and then be able to put in place countermeasures to prevent those mistakes.
5S vs. 6S
5S vs. 6S "It's one louder, isn't it?" When I originally wrote that headline, I thought of that wonderful scene on This is Spinal Tap where the musician was talking about how his speakers were louder than anyone else’s. When everyone else’s had a volume knob that...
Process How and Why
As leaders we have a very different view of our processes. It is our job to communicate the WHY of processes, not just the HOW.
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
– Henry Ford
Admission time. I'm a superficial movie fan. In fact, the less I have to think about a plot the better. I love action-packed sci-fi. I love it when a movie climaxes in the one gigantic battle and the hero single-handedly saves the day. Because that's exactly what...