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Archive for August, 2015

Fun With 5S – The Garage Game

Posted on August 31st, 2015 · Posted in 5S, Distance vs. Frequency Chart, lean tools, Waste elimination

 When I’m introducing 5S to a new audience, I like to get them comfortable with the concept.  I ask how many have a garage.  Usually about 2/3 of the audience.. read more

Distance vs. Frequency Chart

Posted on August 29th, 2015 · Posted in Distance vs. Flow Chart, Flow, Lean, lean tools

In a 5S Kaizen event, we eliminate as much from the work area as we can.  What remains, we locate as close to the Point of Use (POU) as possible… read more

Spaghetti Diagrams

Posted on August 27th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Spaghetti Diagrams, Waste elimination

What’s a spaghetti Diagram you ask?  It’s a really nifty tool that maps the movements of an individual operator during the making of one product.   The map begins with a.. read more

Dealing with “Monuments”

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, lean tools, Monuments, Poka-Yoke, Pull, Value Streams

“What’s a monument?” you ask.   Most organizations have large pieces of equipment that weigh tons, are often half submerged or above the roof, sometimes contain liquids (like plating chemicals),.. read more

Kamishibai (紙芝居) Boards

Posted on August 19th, 2015 · Posted in Kamishibai Board, Leadership, Lean

Kamishibai is another of those Japanese terms that doesn’t translate easily into English.  The concept is simple, but only recently duplicated in the Western World.  Why learn about it?  Because.. read more

Large Room Management (大部屋 Obeya)

Posted on August 14th, 2015 · Posted in Big Tent, Large Room, Leadership, Lean, Obeya

A lot of Americans bridle at the use of Japanese terms to describe Lean things.  I feel very much the opposite.  Language springs from cultures and shared experiences.  So, when.. read more

VSM Part #7 – Aftershock

Posted on August 11th, 2015 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, Value Stream Map

I’ve had the good fortune to hear from some of my readers and noticed a few disturbing trends.  It appears that there may be one more post I need to.. read more

VSM Part #6B – Importance to Decision-Making (“If this, then that”)

Posted on August 8th, 2015 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, lean tools, Value Stream Map

The VSM tells leaders* what is obstructing flow within the value stream.  Trust me, there’s always something, but suppose this is the first time they’re reviewing the VSM.  What are.. read more

VSM Part #6A – Importance to Decision-Making (Who, What & How Often?)

Posted on August 5th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Leadership, lean tools, Pull, Value Stream Map

To this point, we’ve examined the mechanics of the Value Stream Map (VSM).  We’ve looked at the the flow of the process, at the data boxes, at the flow of.. read more

Value Stream Map – Part 5: Value Add vs. Non-Value Add

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 · Posted in Leadership, Lean, lean tools, Value Stream Map

One of the critical features of a Value Stream Map (VSM) is the sawtooth chart at the bottom of the map.  Many overlook this chart, as it seems superfluous when.. read more