After all… it’s because of the Internet and computers you’re reading these words. Not so long ago this wouldn’t have been possible.
So, let me be clear, I am not a technology snob… with one exception.
Go Analog First
If you are creating a process map, value stream map, fishbone diagram, or any other lean / six sigma tool such as this I beg you to go analog first.
And by analog I mean grab some paper, pencils, and post it notes and go after it.
You see, by going analog you’re not going to be concerned with how pretty things look or if the tops of the boxes align since, in the end, those things don’t matter!
Instead, you’re going to be focused on capturing the ideas and opinions of your team as you work to improve your process.
Then Go Digital If You’d Like
Then, once you and your team are satisfied with the fruits of your analog labor you may decide to document your work electronically using computer software like MS Excel. I often do this but only after wearing out 10 to 12 pencil erasers.
But, please oh please, don’t run to the computer first as you’ll do nothing but limit the possibilities of your team.
Do You Agree?
What do you think? Do you agree with me? Do you prefer to go analog first? Do you use a computer at all for things like fishbone diagrams and value stream mapping?