"[...] One of the things I find annoying, in this way, is that reducing variation and using standardization is said to mean everyone has to be the same and creativity is stamped out. This is not what Dr. Deming said at all. And the claim makes no sense when you look at how much emphasis he put on joy in work and the importance of using everyone’s creativity. Yet I hear it over and over, decade after decade."
"Japanese automobile manufacturing methods are adopted by American competitors. Watch the concept of poka-yoke, meaning "correct" and chaku-chaku, meaning "one worker, several tasks" in the manufacture of rear view mirrors."
"BCG's latest manufacturing survey finds decision makers at large manufacturers expect the U.S. share of their production to rise an average of 7 percent in five years; half expect to boost U.S. factory jobs by 5 percent or more."
The Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. plant in Columbus, Ind., is a busy, bustling place.
At full capacity, 1,300 workers are crowded into the million square-foot facility, navigating tight rows and busy cells, pumping out a new, custom-built Toyota lift truck every 3:40 on its main assembly line alone.
It's a safe plant, as you'd expect from anything in the Toyota family. But that's no easy task to achieve.
I am surprised at the high number of temporary workers. The strength of the systems put in place and "Safety 1st" daily focus is what is always been Toyota's cornerstone. I was taught at Toyota that they are a "System" based company not a "Results" based company. This means "Results" are just the report card of good repeatable systems. By usual theme I teach where ever I consult is "Systems drive Behaviors and Behaviors drive the Culture".
Blog post at Lean Blog : Last week, I taught a pilot session of a new class on Kaizen and continuous improvement that I taught for visitors to the ThedaCare Center f[..]
Karl Rickman's insight:
Mark is right on with his perceptions as always. I call it "Respect the person". That means that people can figure it out for them selves with the correct guidance. Then they own the outcome! It comes back to "Do you teach them to fish for themselves or just always give them the fish?" You will be amazed on how people will come up with different ways to fish and as the instructor you will learn new thinking from the students.
Blog post at Lean Blog : "Today is the start of the 2014 World Cup, which means much of the world will be talking about goals.I’m not really a soccer, I mean football, fan but I’m all for goals. In the Lean management system, we generally have five high-level goals. These were the goals taught to us in the auto industry, where I started my career, and they apply in healthcare."
"Radically flat. That’s the management goal that Tony Hseih, founder of e-commerce giant Zappos, aims to achieve by the end of 2014. To get there, Hsieh plans to toss out the traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating titles among his 1,500 employees that can lead to bottlenecks in decision-making. The end result: a holacracy centered around self-organizing teams who actively push the entire business forward."
I agree with Michael's comments. Every one needs leadership and direction. If you observe a classical orchestra with each seat warming up their particular role in the arrangement it is utterly painful noise even though each are professional musicians. When the Band Director steps in front, taps the podium and leads the professionals to become beautiful music. The keys is minimizing the natural gap between the leader and the team not eliminating it.
"In the beginning Toyota created TPS, then came Motorola in 1986 with their six sigma process. In 1988 John Krafcik coined the term Lean in his paper entitled“Triumph of the Lean production system” which was quickly popularised by Womack, Roos and Jones in 1991 with the publication of their book “The machine that changed the world”. Then in 2002 Michael George and Robert Lawrence junior published their book entitled “Lean Six Sigma: Combining Six Sigma with Lean Speed”.
Ever since this point organisations have been attempting to mesh the 2 methodologies into one business improvement technique and failing."
A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved.
Why So Many Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, And Other Improvement Projects Fail. If you have been around a few years you will almost certainly have seen at least a few fads come and go about how you can improve your ...
“ The key differentiator between ‘Lean’ processes in Japan and Europe is that in Japan there is less focus on hard automation and more on the development of people, according to Dr Richard Keegan, fellow of the Institute of Engineers and manager of the competitiveness department at Enterprise Ireland.”
"For manufacturing that is equipment-intensive, how the equipment works is often the main factor in productivity. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) has become a buzzword in lean and a generally accepted metric is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). This is measured as the product of three factors:
OEE = Availability x Performance x Quality
Availability = run time/total time
Performance = Total count of parts/target count (based on a standard)Quality = Good count/Total count
Ignacio S. Gatell, questions whether companies using OEE really understand it, can explain it clearly to their customers, and understand what it means to compare OEE as a KPI across plants. He questions whether even plant managers understand how it is calculated and what it means.
The only good argument for OEE is that at a macro-level in a plant it provides a high level picture of how your equipment is functioning."
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