Is a second really worth it?

Is a second really worth it?

You’re kidding me? Is a second really worth it?   I was supporting an assembly line in a first tier automotive company many, many years ago.  It was after the age of steam but before mobile phones.  That gives you an idea. As we were re-balancing the line for the...
Stop Challenging our Metrics!

Stop Challenging our Metrics!

Traditional (non-Lean) businesses hold a strong and deep belief in the metrics that they use to evaluate operational performance This is hardly surprising as the vast majority of business leaders in the UK will have been using those same metrics of Profitability,...
The pen or the cursor – Info Centres

The pen or the cursor – Info Centres

We spend a great deal of time implementing Information Centres in organisations that are undergoing a Lean transformation (see A3 report Info Centres) Information Centres is a bit misleading as a term to describe what goes on.  It should be more like Action Centre or...
5 Guiding principles Part One – Go Look See

5 Guiding principles Part One – Go Look See

The 5 Guiding Principles   Part One – Go Look See   When I first saw the two circles describing the five guiding principles for leadership in Toyota I was somewhat non-plussed by the statements that I perceived to lack profundity or seemed to be calls to action...
Is Necessary Unnecessary?

Is Necessary Unnecessary?

Whenever I feel devilish and want to stir some verbal sparring I just have to ask one question.   Next time you are having dinner with your Lean guru just pop the following question, sit back and enjoy the debate. Let the games begin.   Me: Is necessary non value add...
Not invented here

Not invented here

I’m a lucky so and so when I think about it.  I’ve travelled to many countries with my job and experienced so many different cultures and industries.  But this blog is not an attempt to knock Michael Palin off his well earned travel-log perch, he’s an icon for the...
Happy days

Happy days

We’ve all had one of those shifts when everything comes together – we aren’t starved of material, no equipment break-downs, we have a full crew and Bob is on OP70 – and we really ‘nail it’! There are ‘high-fives’ all round at the end of the shift,...
Continuous improvement

Continuous improvement

Who decided in their wisdom that Continuous Improvement is to be limited to a problem?   Why can’t someone just have a great idea? I was in session the other day when some delegates were being trained on this subject of Continuous Improvement.  I was meant to be a...
Is velocity unsafe?

Is velocity unsafe?

CLIENT: You are asking us to rush.  It’s unsafe.   ME: No, not at all.  I want the product to move faster on its journey to the customer.   CLIENT: You ask for more urgency.   ME: Yes   CLIENT: This could be dangerous. It could lead to more accidents. You want us to...
61.8? You must be barking mad!

61.8? You must be barking mad!

Is it really possible to get an average of 61.8 ideas per annum from each and every one of your employees? Robinson and Schroeder wrote a great article on Continuous Improvement called ‘The Role of Front-Line Ideas in Lean Performance Improvement.  It appeals to my...