December 2015

    What Made Toyota So Different?


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    What Made Toyota So Different?
    December 25, 2015 - In the last message, I explained how ‘Lean’ started way before Toyota came into view but they are recognised as the world leaders in Lean because they looked at things from a whole new viewpoint....Lean - A new paradigmThe lean...

    Safety Culture: The Pathway to Peace


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    Safety Culture: The Pathway to Peace
    December 23, 2015 - “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

    True North Pole


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    True North Pole
    December 23, 2015 - Many years ago a small expedition to the North Pole was funded by several American toy manufacturers, anxious to better understand how Santa’s workshop achieved such incredible productivity and just-in-time delivery.“How can Santa...

    Is There Value in Identifying Criticality of Spare Parts?


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    Is There Value in Identifying Criticality of Spare Parts?
    December 22, 2015 - Doug Wallace and Rich Jansen, Life Cycle Engineering If you are going to do a criticality evaluation of your spare parts, make the effort worthwhile by developing your processes first so you know how the results will be...

    Now, At the Gemba


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    Now, At the Gemba
    December 22, 2015 - If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. – Thich Nhat HanhMany people have a problem with letting go of the past – whether painful or pleasant. Not me. I’ve always been able to let go of the...

    Lean started way before Toyota !


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    Lean started way before Toyota !
    December 18, 2015 - Now, another common misconception amongst my clients is that ‘Lean’ and efficiency improvements all started with Toyota – wrong. Here is a very brief history of how it all came about and some would argue it started even before...

    The Lean IT Transformation -- Is There a Roadmap?


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    December 16, 2015 - During the past few years, many books have been published addressing the advantages of deploying Lean continuous improvement in IT operations. In addition, there are many books on DevOps, Agile software development, Lean project management, Lean...

    Why Preventive Maintenance Fails (and How to Fix It)


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    Why Preventive Maintenance Fails (and How to Fix It)
    December 15, 2015 - Kenneth J. Staller, Senior Consultant, Daniel Penn Associates A great preventive maintenance programs should include these three components.read more

    When Good Teamwork Goes Bad—and How to Fix It


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    When Good Teamwork Goes Bad—and How to Fix It
    December 11, 2015 - Brian Fielkow If not done right, teamwork can be bureaucratic, demoralizing—not to mention costly. Here are some ways to get the most out of your teams. read more

    Where did Six Sigma Come From?


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    Where did Six Sigma Come From?
    December 11, 2015 - This is a question I get asked a lot, even though it is well documented. So here is a very short history of Six Sigma -History of Six Sigma6 Sigma manufacturing philosophy came from MotorolaThey recognised that sufficient process improvement would...

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