Welcome to this week’s Lean Thinker Challenge!
Specifically, Shane has been asked to find a way to error proof the spotting of the football ensuring first downs are, in fact, first downs and that touchdowns are, in fact, touchdowns.
Today, referees are allowed to use television instant replay in order to help them spot the football and determine whether the football indeed crossed the goal line.
The problem is the referees are at the mercy of TV camera angles and there are certain situations where the available camera angles simply don’t help.
With all of this said, Shane knows you’re a lean thinker… he’s always been fascinated with how you continuously improve processes and systems at your work and even in your home.
Shane has also heard you talk about the concept of Pokayoke, or mistake proofing, and has come to you in order to get your thoughts on how the NCAA can mistake proof this critical aspect of the college football game.
Lastly, Shane also mentioned the solutions you come up with may also be used by the NFL and FIFA in order to verify the soccer ball has actually crossed the goal.
One last bit of info… due to the critical nature of this situation Shane mentioned that money isn’t really an issue. The NCAA is willing to invest millions if needed.
Now to the challenge. What ideas do you have to error proof this process?
In other words, how will you go about it? Will you use technology? Will you focus on the referees? How will you test your ideas?