Framework for Change Management Part I

In the last post How to Triple Your Chances of Hitting Your 2017 Productivity and Quality Goals we talked about how addressing behavior is just as important as technical changes when it comes to achieving hard goals.  We used the frame work ATEEP:

A -Alignment
T -Team
E -Experiment
E -Execute
P -Permanence

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Lean Manufacturing Concepts and How to Use Them Part II

In a previous article, Lean Manufacturing Concepts and How to Use Them Part I, we talked about wastes, flow, and over burdening as core concepts of Lean.  For part II we are going to look at autonomation (aka jidoka) and continuous improvement (aka kaizen) and radical change/improvement (aka kaikaku).

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Lean Manufacturing Concepts And How to Use Them Part I

In Lean manufacturing the top three concepts you need to know about are Muda (Waste), Mura (Flow), Muri (overburdening).   For why and how these three concepts became the focus of Lean Manufacturing read Is Lean Right for My Company.  Waste is defined as Transportation Inventory Motion   Waiting Over-production Over-processing Defects or the acronym TIM WOOD.  Flow is how well a product moves through it’s path with minimal issues and as fast as possible.  Overburdening refers to the people working.  Are you giving them too much work and how do you know if you are?  On the flip side you also want to understand how to determine value as well.

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Is Lean Right for My Company?

The answer is absolutely and Hell no!  Let me go in to detail as to why it’s both.  Lean manufacturing has a history spanning back over 100 years informally and formally since Toyota in the 1960s.  It’s grown to other industries and goes by names like Lean Healthcare, Lean Government, Lean for Offices, Lean for Services, Lean IT, Lean for Financial Industry, Lean Startup, Agile, etc.  In all its forms Lean is used as a way to deliver better service/products to the customer and reduce inefficiencies.  At least what most would consider Lean.  I want to introduce another framing and that Lean is designed to be competitive in your market.

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Daily Stand up Meetings


Daily meetings are a critical way to set your culture, make improvements, and get a touch on your operations.  Have you been a part of a day stand up meeting?  What did you notice about your daily stand up meetings?  How are you running the meetings?  Let’s first take the purpose.

Purpose of a Daily Stand Up Meeting

This will have to be up to you to decide what you ultimate purpose is but here are some to consider:

  • Performance related
  • Culture change
  • Communication
  • Teaching and Training
  • All of the above
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