Month: January 2008

Total 33 Posts

JIT and Jidoka are Useless…

Yes, the two pillars of the Toyota Production System – JIT and Jidoka – are absolutely worthless… if you don’t respect people.  You see, in my opinion, anyone who tries hard enough and gets support from more experienced people can make things flow, implement kanban, and even get pretty good

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Breaking Down Barriers to Continuous Flow

One way to look at lean is that it’s all about enabling the continuous flow of actions, information, materials, services and cash in such a way that these things generate of goodness, however you may define that. The theory is that when things flow they take less time and resources.

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Rope Suppliers

J Thatcher recently asked: Here’s a question: If the student becomes the initiation point for “pull” learning, how does the instructor continue to “push” students beyond what they believed themselves capable? (And yes, I’m using “push” differently there) This is not an easy question to answer and one I have

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Inspired at NASA

This past weekend my family and I went to Houston to visit some relatives.  On Saturday we went to NASA.  If you have never been there you need to carve out some time to make this visit.  I took quite a few pictures and will try to share some more

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101 Kaizen Templates: ECRS Worksheet

ECRS stands for Eliminate, Combine, Rearrange and Simplify and is an age-old industrial engineering process analysis method. We humans are not too bad at rearrange, but if we were a lot better at simplify, eliminate and combine the world would be a better place. In keeping with the “motion” theme

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Should we Push or Pull in Schools?

My good friend, and excellent blogger, Mark Graban posted an interesting article related to how a school is using continuous improvement methods to, well, improve things. For those who don’t know, Mark and I live in the same town and have actually become good friends. The thing I really respect about

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Excellence is a Habit

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.” -Aristotle I am doing my best to teach my kiddos about lean and six sigma. Since they are ages 5, 3, and 1 my instructional tactics need to be creative. Recently, I have been teaching them

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