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By | January 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

    I was facilitating a kaizen for a team that had decided to tackle a very challenging improvement. The process was complicated. Multiple attempts had been made to improve. The problems in the process resulted in delays and downtime that cost millions across the enterprise. It was clearly a priority with a high return. The [...]

The beauty and effectiveness of simple communication structures

By | May 12th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

How do I get engaged communication going with my team? How do I reach them? How do we get people talking without it dragging into an endless venting session? These are questions many leaders struggle with. In an effort to engage people, they open up Pandora's Box of issues and get flooded with a bunch of [...]

Standard work is not a replacement for skill and knowledge

By | May 28th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Standard work takes many different forms once it is applied. In an assembly environment with 90 second cycle times, it may lay out step-by-step precise activities down to the second and whether you use your left hand or your right hand. When people see those examples, they think standard work doesn’t apply to them. That could be a 4-hour cycle time to be building something of great complexity, or a knowledge worker who is writing code, managing a marketing program, or settling a contract dispute. Standard work doesn’t apply, right? […]