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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:06 AM
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Until this year, I didn’t pay much attention to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). During Christoph Roser’s van full of nerds tour of Industry 4.0 in Germany last July, I heard about PLCs everywhere and even visited the Siemens plant in Amberg that produces 31% of the world’s PLCs. It was a wake-up call. Programmable Logic […]

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 6 December 2019, 9:39 PM
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Healthcare – Creating Value for Patients Does Lean “work” in hospitals in the US?  Sort of, according to the Journal of Healthcare Management.  There is evidence that Lean improves efficiency and financial performance, but little evidence to support improvements in patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.  This may speak to how Lean is deployed in most hospitals […]

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On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Act your way to the thinking you want."  — John Shook

Lean management (and the leadership implicit within the role) plays an...

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by LSSU Admin - Thursday, 5 December 2019, 8:34 PM
Retrieved from: The Lean Thinker
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Sometimes I see people chasing their tails when trying to troubleshoot a process. This usually (though not always) follows a complaint or rejection of some kind. A few years ago I posted Organize, Standardize, Stabilize, Optimize and talked in general terms about the sequence of thinking that gives reliable outcomes. This is a series of …
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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 12:00 PM
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Many organizations have trouble sustaining Lean. Toyota is one of the few exceptions. According to Jeffrey Liker and Gary Convis in their book “The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership”, their secret is their leadership system.

Toyota provides a nurturing but challenging environment, to ensure that new Lean leaders are developed continuously. The leaders at Toyota break down a mentorship role into 4 categories.

Development of Others
Further Development of Others – Support Daily...

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 7:47 AM
Retrieved from: Lean – Katie Anderson
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How do you connect your actions with your purpose? To me, this is the essence of leading with intention. 7 Tips to Coach and Lead With Intention In this post and the webinar link below, you’ll learn seven practices to help you coach – and lead – more effectively, and with intention. One of the […]

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 12:00 AM
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Hi, you're invited to view the recording of a webinar that I presented next week — Wednesday, December 11 at 1 pm ET, as part of the ongoing KaiNexus webinar series: “The Power of Alignment and Intrinsic Motivation in Continuous Improvement“ Click here to register to view the slides and recording — it's free! I […]

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Production lines have fluctuations. Sometimes production takes longer, sometimes shorter, than the average. This makes the line balancing tricky. Besides using a simple buffer between workstations, it is also possible to adjust capacity. Other approaches I have written about include the rabbit chase and the bucket brigade. Here I present a variation of the bucket … Continue reading One Up One Down – Approach to Manage Manual Production Lines
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Monday was my first day for my fifth Lean study trip to Japan. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to once again visit a Toyota plant, the Tsutsumi Plant. Here are two blog posts from 2015, as the plant tour was very much the same… but the visitor center / museum has changed. I always enjoy […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 2 December 2019, 4:00 PM
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Building on Al's recent blog, why do we learn from more failure than success?

Seems to me, it's because failure illuminates more of the design space than success.

Supposing we're testing the structural integrity of say, a hard hat, by dropping a heavy weight on it.

If we test to the standard, (say 20 kg) and the hard hat remains intact, you've learned something about what sort of blow it can sustain.

But suppose we keep dropping heavier & heavier weights, and vary the angle of the blows - until the hard hat shatters.

Our analysis of the fragments, breakage pattern, of the slow motion video and so on, will teach us far more about the nature of hard hats.

That's why experienced labs & design teams test to failure.

A caveat, as Al suggests, is that we fail quick & fail often, (to minimize hassle & transaction cost.)

A second caveat: our failures are controlled & buffered so nobody gets hurt!

These same principles apply in strategy, product & process design and problem solving.


That's why we say 'problems are gold'.

We have to be comfortable, of course, with experimentation & ambiguity.

In my experience, the best leaders create a sense of free-wheeling energy & opportunity.

"Let's try some stuff -- and see what happens!"

"Holy cow, who would have thought...!?"



In case you missed our last few blogs... please feel free to have another look…

Failure is a Requirement for Innovation
KAIZEN – Small Changes vs. Monster Projects
Is Inventory a waste or a cover-up of deeper waste?
7 Basic Quality Tools – Are they underrated?