Today we celebrate Cow Appreciation Day 2017 at Chick-Fil-A with this commemorative video. Believe it or not, lean is the reason behind how everyone can eat mor chikin at Chick-Fil-A. In this video we discuss the impact of takt time, cycle time, and process design on productivity.
Can you define it?
It’s a word that is tossed around quite frequently, but what does it mean? Unless it is made practical, it won’t be very actionable. In that situation it might be better not to use the word at all for clarity’s sake.
Thankfully, someone has made “empowerment” practical and clear—or at least one person. His name is John Kotter and I discovered four requirements for empowerment in his book Leading Change when scanning through it.
If you want employees to take broad actions to transform your organization and apply lean, you should take a moment to consider Kotter’s four S’s. (There’s no connection to 5S or 3S in Kotter’s 4S’s). [Read more…] about 4 Requirements Before You Empower Anyone (Use All Four to Maximize Organizational Change)
Today we give an explanation for how over production increases the remaining seven wastes of lean manufacturing using an everyday laundry machine. Avoid the evils of over production by reducing the batch size as much as possible!
When it comes to doing what’s called a “gemba walk,” what you do and how you do it is an important factor.
There are many things you can do wrong—especially if other management styles creep into your gemba. So to start, let’s be clear and upfront about a few things. [Read more…] about 8 Activities to Maximize your Gemba Walk
Use straighten from lean 5S to make sure you never lose a tool again. By making a place for everything, and placing everything in its place you’ll never have a homeless tool again. Boost your sanity and end the frustration of searching for missing tools!
At the start of any new lean implementation, there are two essential things we’re trying to establish: credibility and results. And if you’re not getting both of them, you’re likely not enjoying success with lean.
Credibility is critical for lean to take on a life of its own—it’s all about gaining employee buy-in and commitment.
After all, at Lean Smarts we widely promote that the power of lean is in the culture it creates. Sure, the tools and tricks are powerful for any organization, but you can’t underestimate the greater power of a community of people who are fully behind the idea of continuous improvement.
And to do that, you need to establish credibility, and fast!
So it’s important that you start lean off on the right foot and gain credibility—that is, the respect, confidence, and belief of employees.
A fantastic way to gain credibility early on is to get early results. Of course, results are what an organization is after anyway. [Read more…] about How to Establish Credibility and Accelerate Results