Is your Current State Data Garbage?

Have you ever been faced with a coworker approaching you with a perception of a problem occurring somewhere in the organization, yet there is no data to actually quantify the frequency or severity of the problem? This is an everyday occurrence for many of us. Sometimes I see personnel attempting to solve a perceived problem with countermeasures before they truly understand the problem or have quantified the current state. Though I’m proud of them taking initiative to solve a problem, I have to steer them to make sure they fully understand the current state before implementing any corrective actions. Continue reading

A Ray of Sunshine in the Muck and Mire

Often on continuous improvement journeys, we come across big hairy monsters of slime, inefficiencies, and muck. If you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet you’re one with the ability to see through all the waste in your processes to what the process should be. You have that gift of seeing the ideal state. You can see that ray of beautiful sunshine when your process is screaming fast and delivering exactly what’s needed. You’re the athlete in a crowd of pudge. Continue reading

Standard Work for a Lean Stand-Up Meeting

The stand-up morning meeting is a daily ritual of many organizations on Lean journeys. The format for a Lean stand-up meeting varies depending on the group that is being brought together. I’ve discussed a format for cross-functional teams in one of my earlier posts. In this post, I want to discuss a daily meeting format for one’s “first” or primary, focused team. Continue reading