Taiichi Ohno said, “Your wits don’t work until you feel the squeeze.” By that measure I and most of the world ought to have seen a significant improvement our mental capacities in 2009. It’s been quite a year. As we look back on the year and look forward to the
Month: December 2009
While helping a client through their hoshin kanri process last month one of the leaders in the company raised an interesting question about the selection and definition of breakthrough objectives as part of the hoshin plan. Breakthrough objectives should be stretch goals that require cross-functional cooperation. Stretch goals should be
I recently came across an elegant and minimalist online “to do” tracking tool called Teux Deux. Now, to be sure, I am a fan of the hand written to do list… but since I travel a lot I also like to maintain an online list. This tool is free and
Gemba Academy has recently released the first three modules of our latest course – Practical Problem Solving. Here is the first overview module of this course. Please note that if you are reading this article via email or your RSS reader you will likely need to click through to the
The path, the way, the road, the tao, el camino: the course of the traveler has many names. Each evokes a sense of possibility, anticipation and wonder. What lies ahead? What is the destination? What will one find along the way? Robert Kovari writes about the Spanish pilgrimage road known
What is popularly called A3 thinking is the practical problem solving process which summarizes the PDCA cycle on one page. Those of us who have memories of TQC will recognize it as nearly identical to the QC storyline concept. Many QC storlyine display boards were A0 size for good reason.
The Lean Manager by Michael Balle and Freddy Balle is the second “lean business novel” by these authors. This novel relates the story of a factory in France threatened with closure and relocation of its business to Poland. The protagonist is a young plant director, and the antagonist the American