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 […]

Filing Systems – Part 2: Filing for Retrievability

As we discussed in Part 1 of this Filing series, individuals with the most modest means can now afford to buy and maintain the storage to hold an overwhelming amount of information. This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is we are able to store enormous amounts of information. However, storing huge […]

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! […]

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; […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 1: Sharpening the Saw

Empowering an organization with Lean methods is like sharpening the saw throughout the entire company. Once a company embraces Lean methods and is equipped with the tools in the Lean Toolbox, a new culture is born. Everyone within the organization begins to view their surroundings from a new perspective, embracing and encouraging continuous learning and continuous […]

A3 Sheets – Part 2: Standard Structure for Business Storytelling

In Part 1, we reviewed business storytelling challenges and introduced the A3 sheet. We now understand business storytelling has a purpose, typically to solve a recurring problem, gain project approval or introduce a new project. Toyota, recognizing a need to facilitate and improve the communication process for resolving these issues, developed a very effective tool, […]

Low Hanging Fruit

All factories are full of opportunities for improvement. In fact, any operation with reasonably sophisticated workflows will have many opportunities for efficiency improvements. Although these opportunities are often unseen, much depends on the operation’s manager’s framework for perception. Some operations managers see an abundance of opportunity, also known as low-hanging fruit. Others, also surrounded by […]