Filing Systems – Part 3: Paper vs. Paperless

In today’s world, it is no longer necessary to bury ourselves in piles of paper. Advancements in technology now give us paperless options for accessing, collecting and storing our information safely and securely. Still, both paper and paperless systems have their pros and cons to consider. So how do we know which one to use? […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 5: Where Are All the Orders?

Let’s revisit the company we’ve been using in our Lean Empowerment Series and catch up with them a few months after fully implementing their Lean Transformation Project. We’ve been following the workers progress as they’ve been learning all about Lean. In Part 1 and Part 2, they became empowered by successfully finding areas with impeded […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 4: Sharing Work Aids

Settling into a New Culture As we continue our Lean Empowerment series, we check back with the same company to review their progress and see how their new Lean Culture is evolving. In Lean Empowerment Part 1 and Part 2, the workers chose shadow boards from their Lean Toolbox to resolve a number of ongoing issues. […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 3: Rejecting Bad Material

This week, we continue to follow one of my client’s, who we also featured in Lean Empowerment Part 1 and Part 2. You will learn how Lean Systems enabled workers to reject bad material. This Lean Empowerment action resolved several negative issues. Workers were able to transform an impeded process into a smoothly operating workflow, […]

Learning on Demand

Our world demands constant learning at a very fast pace. Learning on demand is now an essential lifestyle to gain the knowledge we need, at work, at home and in school. Today, anything we want to know or need to know is readily accessible. We can get the knowledge we are looking for, right now! […]

Properties of Workpieces

Movement Requires Energy All movement requires energy. Workpieces on the plant floor or in an office environment are no exception; energy is required to move the workpiece. The same rule applies whether the workpiece is a physical piece of paper or an electronic file. When we receive a task, we initiate workflow by expending energy […]

The Industrial Revolution 4.0: The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things The fourth industrial revolution, The Internet of Things, is well underway. Some are calling it Manufacturing 4.0, although I think this is a limited view. Let’s briefly recap the major industrial milestones. Many consider the steam engine to be the first industrial revolution. The second industrial revolution started with the conveyor […]

Filing Systems – Part 1: The History of Filing Systems

The History of Filing Systems A filing system is one of the first and most fundamental systems a company should establish. Filing systems are not new; they have been around for millennia. Throughout the history of filing systems, the scribes and librarians always faced two decisions: (1) on which medium to collect or record the information; […]

Identifying the Biggest Waste to Increase Productivity

What comes to mind when we talk about waste? Some may think of things like wasted resources, such as water or energy. They may think of wasted materials, like lumber or steel or even scrap parts, which come off a production line. While these are all good examples of waste, they are not the major […]

Developing People – Part 1: The Plan is Worthless

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”[1] What exactly did Eisenhower mean by this quote? Was it because he could care less about the plan? Maybe he cared about the plan but also felt the need to convey an important aspect or characteristic about plans in general.  Perhaps he cared […]