Month: November 2006

Total 20 Posts

Hansei on Hansei

As Taiichi Ohno said “Check is hansei” when referring to the third step of PDCA. I am doing hansei on the previous blog post on the topic of hansei. I did not think deeply enough about what “hansei” means and what “reflection” means. The more I use the word “reflection”

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The ROI of an Open Office

What is the ROI (return on investment) of an open office? That was a question some while back by a reader on this blog about to take the leap and convert their office to an open format. It went unanswered (apologies) and I was recently reminded of it. There are

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Dilbert Rips Six Sigma

Kent Bradley from Gemba handed me a Dilbert cartoon yesterday poking fun at Six Sigma. Here is the script: [Point-Haired Boss standing next to “SIX SIGMA” slide] Our company has decided to try something new. [Dilbert] New? Six Sigma was developed in the 80s. [Point-Haired Boss] It’s new to us.

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Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 33: The Difference Between Production Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering

Taiichi Ohno begins the chapter by saying “We think of production engineering and manufacturing engineering as distinct things. We distinguish manufacturing engineering as the work to determine the method of manufacturing and production engineering as how to actually accomplish that method of manufacturing.” Ohno uses the example of a scissors

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Thankful but Dissatisfied

Reflecting on this Thanksgiving holiday, I have a lot to be thankful for but I am dissatisfied. It has been a challenging year in many ways, both personally and in business. I am thankful that there are so many problems in front of me that need kaizen. I am dissatisfied

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The Water Spider: What’s in a Name?

One of the things that keeps Lean manufacturing from being boring to the amateur linguist is the many odd-sounding words that make up the Lean lexicon. Kamishibai. Heijunka. Pareto. Yamazumi. Takt. Andon. Jidoka. Kaizen. Pokayoke. Gemba. And don’t even get me started on the acronyms. Then there is this thing

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What is a Kamishibai?

Earlier this year I heard the term kamishibai (紙芝居) used in the context of the Toyota Production System for the first time from a Canadian former Toyota manager during a LEI seminar. At the time I thought it was a gratuitous use of a Japanese term for a visual management

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