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Jon Miller at Gemba Panta Rei, poses, in my opinion, one of the most thought provoking questions in the field of Lean management:
Yes, some backsliding occurs with small k ideas. But the slide is small and doesn't affect the overall improvement trend. Plus, not all small k ideas are big impact. In fact, the goal of kaizen is to get involvement so that we as leaders have opportunities to teach others about how to improve, how to learn, and to upgrade the overall problem solving skill set of our people. In contrast, Big K falls far short of this involvement ideal, because it is a project, management and results oriented gaining us little buy-in from EVERYONE - unless it makes every one's job easier, safer or better. For example, holding a kaizen event to install a kanban pull system often doesn't achieve this - it only achieves the tactical goal of reducing inventory. This is why it is sometimes difficult to sustain the gains made in Big K events.
O.k., so this week I face the ultimate Lean change agent challenge: working with a certified cement head. You know who I'm talking about: someone who simply either refuses to "get it" or simply can't "get it". I don't mean to say I'm working with a dolt - that is HARDLY the case. Smart guy, knows his machines inside and out. But don't talk to him about Lean. Doesn't want to hear it.
And that is the program's fault? I beg to differ - Lean doesn't get results, people get results.
"the reality is that Lean programs often don’t deliver results, or get implemented a bit, but then not really carried forward. As a recent AMR Research report observed, 'Most manufacturers we interviewed confine their Lean projects to a single plant, often right down to a production line or product area.' ”
"But Lean isn’t a panacea. Just the fact that we now have Lean Six Sigma, as companies such as 3M have vigorously pursued, says Lean alone may not be enough. Now it appears we even have something called “TLS,” which adds in Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC) methodology as another tool, usually front-ending TOC before both Lean and Six Sigma (TOC, Lean, Six Sigma)."
One side of a conversation overheard at the airport:
Ever since I began learning TWI, I have lived a mostly Powerpoint free life! Yay! For more Powerpoint laughs check out this video below:
A recent Personal Liberty poll suggests people don’t want the economic bailout, but don’t understand why.
This country has been through this scenario before. We keep hearing that this is the worst economic period since the Great Depression. Has anyone stopped to do a quick fact check? Did you know that in 2008 the GDP contracted by 3.8%?
What I found most interesting in this poll is that for all of the conviction against the bailout – a majority of these same respondents (63%) are “undecided” on whether or not the bailout will “ultimately rescue our country's financial system.”
I’ve observed this phenomenon throughout all of this bailout talk: people are against the bailout and government stimulus – but they don’t quite understand why.