Toyota Way Principle #5: Stopping to Fix Problems TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It really pains me to see cars tape up body fixtures like broken tail lights. It looks so tacky AND fails to provide suitable coverage and protection. Sure, it’s a …Continue reading →

GolfNow and Service Process Breakdown TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | One of the benefits of using Orlando, Florida-based GolfNow is online booking of rounds of golf at many courses around the world at discounted fares. For the convenience of online …Continue reading →

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The Masters: Mowing the Fairways TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | When the patrons begin leaving Augusta National Golf Club during the week of the Masters and when the final groups of golfers finish up their rounds or work at the …Continue reading →

LinkedIn’s Version of the Fail Whale TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | You know about the Fail Whale on Twitter, right? If you don’t know, when Twitter gets overloaded with data transmission requests (lots of people using/checking/updating Twitter at one time) the …Continue reading →

Newfangled Gas Station Tire Air Machine TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Behold! This is easily one of my favorite newest discoveries out in the world. It’s a gas station tire air machine…but it’s so much more than that. It’s a gigantic …Continue reading →

Tommy John and Repairing-vs-Prevention TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Let’s say you just purchased a very expensive machine for your process. On average, these machines have a productive life of about fifteen years but the one you buy has …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: TPM and Computer Maintenance Tips from Lifehacker TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | How often do you get frustrated by a seemingly-young computer that becomes inflicted with chronic slowness? Do you own a computer that you anticipate replacing after three or less years …Continue reading →

Lean Oops! O’Hare Parking Lot Exit TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (I wouldn’t normally post a photo so large, but this is the only way to see the anomaly.) So when I returned to O’Hare Airport in Chicago after the Baseball …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: 5S, Set in Order, and Rosie the Robot TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | There is an episode of the Jetsons where George brings home a faulty lugnut from his place of employment, Spacely Sprockets. Because nuts and bolts are apparently like candy to …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: 5S and How Sort is Half the Battle TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Remember those G.I. Joe cartoons from the 80’s where at the end of each episode one of the Joes would teach us a life lesson (about nutrition, honesty, school, etc.)? …Continue reading →

Lean Oops! – Broken Truck Window TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I was greeted by this “There, I Fixed It” in a Tim Horton’s parking lot in late 2011, most definitely a modified steel plate cover for a broken window. This …Continue reading →

Example of Investment and Return with Lean

Lean and the Profit Equation TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | To examine the impact lean implementation can have on a business, let’s look at the high-level super-simplified equation for profit. PROFIT = REVENUES – EXPENSES Components of the revenue term …Continue reading →

Oh No! Wastes! Now What Do I Do?: The Lean Tools Primer TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | All this time we’ve talked about the lean wastes. The problems. The money we’re throwing away. The time¬†we’ve spent poorly. And now we’ve gone out and identified them. Excess motion. …Continue reading →

The Five Whys: Another Example TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Who doesn’t love team mascots on motorized vehicles? The idea of a moose or raccoon or a…Phanatic on an ATV – hilarious! Well, I do know of an example of …Continue reading →

The Five Whys Analysis TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | Root-cause analysis is a fancy and concise way to say “figure out the real reason something happened.” When bad or unexpected events occur, we want to know what caused it …Continue reading →

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