I came across Productivity Cafe, the blog of Susan Sabo of Organizers, Inc. today. She is an author, speaker and consultant who “helps people feel on top of things by training, coaching, and persuading them to be more organized and productive” according to her bio on the blog. There are
Month: December 2006
How many Japanese words do we have in the Lean lexicon? Do we really need another? It’s a rhetorical question, but would you rather have “sweet azuki bean jam wafer system”? I thought not. “Replaceable core system” also works, if you must. However, Taiichi Ohno gives us the monaka system.
In the December 9, 2006 Wall Street Journal article titled As Rivals Catch Up, Toyota CEO Spurs Big Efficiency Drive the Toyota Motor Corporation President Watanabe adds another Japanese word to the Lean lexicon: kakushin. Debates could rage for years among Lean geeks: is it kaizen, kaikaku or kakushin? Let’s
If a customer says “Here’s how I want to do Lean.” and the consultant says “That’s not the right way.” and the customer says “Who’s the customer here?” and the consultant says “You are.” and the customer says “Then I say what I’m willing to pay for.” and the consultant
These are the two steps for how to put kaizen into your culture. First, communicate with your people until you have a common agreement and 100% alignment on these principles: The reason we can make our living is because we serve our customers. Customers pay for value, as defined by
Today was a lesson for me in just-in-time delivery of Lean training (or Lean Lean training) and also in the value of being prepared. We arrived half a day late to a distribution center where we were asked to give Lean overview training to the warehouse managers. We had prepared
In this chapter Taiichi Ohno talks about the pitfalls of using cost calculation to justify new equipment purchases and also decisions to scrap or replace equipment based on depreciation. “Whenever we need to make a decision, we end up doing something like cost calculation. Cost calculation is not wrong, but