Last night, before I went to bed, I set my coffee maker up to start brewing at 5:45 AM. I also placed my coffee mug and a spoon next to the coffee maker so I wouldn’t have to fumble about in the morning.
This morning, around 6:05 AM (I hit snooze a few times), I went to the coffee maker and poured a cup of steamy hot coffee. Worked like a charm!
As I went about the rest of my morning I thought about the simple aspect of preparing coffee like this and realized how SMED like this simple, everyday, action is.
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You see, the lean thinker inside me is always on the look out for everyday lean concepts like this. I could have waited until this morning to prepare the coffee maker. But doing so would have wasted valuable time I could have used to write this article, answer customer emails, etc.
Additionally, had I waited until this morning to prepare my coffee maker there is a VERY good chance my jostling about in the kitchen would have woken up one of my children who would have then climbed into bed with my wife who would have woken up early. Not good. See where I’m going?
What do you think?
So, what do you think of this process? Do you agree that preparing coffee makers the night before is lean and SMED like? Or do you think I’ve definitely consumed too much lean koolaid over the years? Be honest. I can handle it.