Month: July 2016

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PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act), DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control), 8D, … These are all problem solving methodologies and I’m sure there are many ‘experts’ out there that will argue the finer points of each and how one is better than the other. However, I believe they are all virtually the same. They are Read More …

Waste Goggles??

How many of our competitor’s workers does it take to change a light bulb?  Answer:  Four, one to hold the light bulb and three to turn the ladder.  You have most likely heard this joke in some form, and it is only funny until we look around our work environment and see our own jobs Read More …

DON’T MISS THE OBVIOUS

Last month I spent two mornings instructing 53 high school juniors in financial education.  It was gratifying to volunteer my time to provide an important topic to impressionable high schoolers.  It was also an interesting experience for me. Even though I have four kids, this was my first time in a high school classroom since Read More …

‘ExStream’ Thinking

Value stream thinking, as I mentioned here, provokes thought.  “The value stream includes all of the activities, materials, people and information that must flow and come together to provide your customer the value they want, when they want it and how they want it.”[1]  If we agree with this definition, we understand that a value Read More …