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My guests for Episode #391 are Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck, the authors of books including Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, Implementing Lean Software Development, and The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions. In the episode, we'll hear their thoughts on Lean as “a way of thinking that values people” and how teamwork, problem […]

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    My guests for Episode #391 are Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck, the authors of books including Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, Implementing Lean Software Development, and The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions. In the episode, we'll hear their thoughts on Lean as “a way of thinking that values people” and how teamwork, problem […]

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      by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 12:00 PM
      Retrieved from: AllAboutLean.com
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      Fluctuations can also originate within your area of responsibility. In my previous post, I looked at how to reduce fluctuations coming from upstream. In this post I look at your shop floor. Using the source-make-deliver structure, this post is about reducing fluctuations at “make.”  Make There are a lot of possibilities for reducing fluctuations in ... Read more

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        Today is, of course, election day in the United States. Here is a post with some random thoughts. I was fortunate in that I was able to vote in person, early in Texas last month (that is my permanent home and address). I might look unhappy about it… I am not great at taking selfies, […]

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          by LSSU Admin - Monday, 2 November 2020, 4:00 PM
          Retrieved from: Lean Thinking
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          By Pascal Dennis (bio)

          "Improvement is endless and eternal" – Taiichi Ohno

          At Toyota I learned the following problem solving drill:
          1. Do I have a problem?
          2. Do I know the cause?
          3. Have I proven cause & effect?
          4. Have I confirmed the countermeasure?
          Question 3 is a common failure point. Humans are wired to jump to countermeasures. Testing cause and effect, by contrast, takes time. You have to develop a hypothesis, then run experiments to prove, or disprove it.

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          Recently, our family had the interesting opportunity to apply the drill.
          1. Do we have a Problem?
            Yes - an annoying rattle coming from the dashboard of our RX 350 Lexus truck. (Very surprising for a vehicle built by the splendid Toyota team in Cambridge Ontario.)

          2. Do we know the cause?
          After looking under the hood, driving at different speeds, on different kinds of ground, we were unable to locate the source.

          Lexus technicians also checked, but detected no evidence of a rattle in the cabin. But soon after, there it was again!

          My wife, always alert, then made an interesting observation. “Hmmm, the truck never rattles when you’re wearing your sun glasses.”

          And sure enough, when the truck was with Lexus maintenance, I’d taken my sun glasses with me.

          You can imagine our next steps. We ran a number of variations on the following experiments:
          • Sun glasses in storage position
          • Sun glasses on Pascal’s head

          The result?
          • Sun glasses in storage position – rattle
          • Sun glasses on Pascal’s head – no rattle

          Thereby, we were able to turn the problem on and off, the ultimate test of cause and effect.

          Countermeasures, for our family at least, are clear. But what’s the countermeasure for Lexus, whose marketing extols the world’s ‘quietest cabin’?

          An unanticipated failure mode! So it goes. That’s why we say, improvement is endless and eternal!

          I have great faith in Lexus. Vibration absorption in the sun glasses storage area comes to mind.

          (As for a rattling head, no comment.)

          Best,

          Pascal




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

          Lean Means Don’t Be a Dumb-Ass
          Lean – So ‘Easy’, It’s Hard
          “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”
          Building Quality into the Process



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            by LSSU Admin - Monday, 2 November 2020, 12:00 PM
            Retrieved from: A Lean Journey
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            Culture is a vital and unique part of every organization. It’s what makes people decide to join a team and is the biggest reason employees choose to stay or leave. It’s the key to gaining (and maintaining) a true competitive edge—one that makes work a place people want to be.
            A healthy company culture is crucial for a business to operate efficiently. Given that employee well-being often depends on how well they interact with each other, fostering a positive company attitude helps growth within...

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              Next to SPC, Design of Experiments (DOE) is the most common topic in discussions of Statistical Quality. Outside of niches like semiconductors or pharmaceuticals, however, there is little evidence of use, particularly in production. At many companies, management pays lip service to DOE and even pays for training in it. You must “Design experiments” if […]

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                For Episode 22, Mark Graban is joined by Darril Wilburn and Sammy Obara, two former Toyota employees who are colleagues at the firm Honsha. They are two of the authors of the excellent book Toyota by Toyota. The three talk about how they met (via LEI and other Lean events) and how Mark was invited […]

                The post Episode #22 of “Lean Whiskey”: Catching Up with Honsha Friends Over Whisky, Sake, and an Old Fashioned appeared first on Lean Blog.

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                  by LSSU Admin - Friday, 30 October 2020, 8:19 PM
                  Retrieved from: Minitab Blog
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                  How to predict and prevent failure using Minitab Statistical Software to estimate the reliability of your product.

                  Imagine your new car breaks down after driving 60 miles. The engine light turns on and your vehicle must now be towed to be serviced. This is not only a warranty issue but also a field problem due to lack of product reliability.

                  Reliability is defined as the quality of a product over time and statistically speaking it is the probability of a product not to fail during a defined period of time.

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                    by LSSU Admin - Friday, 30 October 2020, 4:05 PM
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                    Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Healthcare — Creating Value for Patients How Virginia Mason is using lessons learned from Covid-19 The proliferation of Electronic Health Records means more data is available to clinicians and administrators than ever before.  But too much data can be overwhelming, and may not effectively support clinicians and […]

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