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  • EdG replied to the topic Kaizen or Lean in the forum General 13 years, 7 months ago

    Marko,
    Depending upon who responds you may see a variety of responses.  My take,

    Kaizen is a part of Lean.
    Kaizen is a Process.  Lean is a Philosophy.
    Lean is a mirror of the Toyota Production System.  Kaizen is a part of TPS.
    “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen” – Taiichi Ohno (one of the key contributors to TPS)
    Have a nice day…

  • EdG replied to the topic Lean before Six Sigma in the forum General 13 years, 7 months ago

    Additionally, a concept that Toyota used extensively to drive stability was Standard Work.
    “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen” – Taiichi Ohno

  • Oh they are soooo much better.
    And you get to pay Otto 15X’s the going rate for something simple as an oil change else no more warrantee.
    I would hate to go with something like… a LEXUS.

  • Hugs & kisses
    Next question?

  • EdG replied to the topic Leadership in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    I’d agree with your description.
    This may be what allows those companies with a very flat organizational structure, succeed.  They possess more Leaders than Managers.  —Just a crazy thought.

  • EdG replied to the topic Leadership in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    Maybe those that work for a Leader are empowered to do what is right. 
    And those that work for a Manger???  Well, that is why we have a QA Department…

  • EdG replied to the topic Leadership in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    Steve,
    I had a colleague in the military that put leadership vs management quite nicely.
    Management is about what your people do ONLY when you are around.  Leadership is about what they do when you are not around!  MANAGER or LEADER.  You  decide!!!
    Hope this helps.
     

  • Offer FREE BEER.  Then when you have them in the room, lock the doors and threaten to shoot them until…
    Hey, its late. 

  • EdG replied to the topic Excess WIP in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    Six Sigma Shooter,
    Come on, it is so much easier for the Monday-morning Quarterback to explain at the water cooler why yesterday’s team failed than it is to get out on that field and show everyone what they are talking to.  They just know, right?  I mean, that’s why the General Managers listen to those couch…
    Disregard…

  • EdG replied to the topic Quincunx Demonstration? in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    Marlon,
    Try this website out.  BTW, you need java for it to work…
    http://www.jcu.edu/math/isep/Quincunx/Quincunx.html

  • I agree with Dave said in the other post.
    Once you pareto out your QA problems, start asking WHY.  For the number one issue, why did this occur?  And keep working towards the root cause of the issue.  You may find standard work, poke yoke, or a combo fixes this first issue.  Then go to the next one…
    Good luck.

  • Start out value stream mapping your product families.  It will make your wastes readily apparent.  Then start attacking those.

  • EdG replied to the topic GE Six Sigma in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    Remember, EVERYONE SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE.  Just not all of them are a good example…

  • EdG replied to the topic GE Six Sigma in the forum General 13 years, 8 months ago

    I offered similar advice to someone once.  Their response, “But I have a right to work here and I should not have to put up with this…”
    I shrugged my shoulders at that and replied, “You have a right to live in misery but I don’t know why you would want to…  And if you were the Chief Buger Cook you may have the capacity to make a Whopper but a…[Read more]

  • EdG replied to the topic Define Sequence and SIPOC in the forum General 13 years, 9 months ago

    Sandy,
    I like Dale’s and QualityColorado’s responses.  However, here is another that I hope doesn’t confuse things for you.
    At our facility, if you show up with a Charter you have better also have a SIPOC to go with it.  If not, then you will be asked where is your SIPOC.  As they both stated, the Charter is a living document that will evolve ov…[Read more]

  • EdG replied to the topic SS Name Change Needed in the forum General 13 years, 9 months ago

    I just wanted to make sure I understood what you were saying.
    Might I offer a thought?  I didn’t know the man but mace what he was driving at was:  If you are running a process with specifications well beyond what your customer requires then you are potentially driving unnecessary cost into your product.  Therefore if you drop your re…[Read more]

  • EdG replied to the topic SS Name Change Needed in the forum General 13 years, 9 months ago

    Isn’t that like saying, “if I continue to lower my standards then eventually I be pleased?”

  • EdG replied to the topic SS Name Change Needed in the forum General 13 years, 9 months ago

    Lebowski,
    I have watched a number of threads discuss the 1.5 shift but I have yet to see anything that made sense.  I simply chalk it up to, “this is something that can happen over time” but it is a rule of thumb, NOT an absolute.
    Have a nice holiday…

  • EdG replied to the topic SS Name Change Needed in the forum General 13 years, 9 months ago

    Lebowski,
    Between you and me, I don’t worry much about the shift.  Hey, SHIFT HAPPENS.  Right…
    I remember it in my training but we never went into any great depth.  It was fuzzy anyways.

  • EdG replied to the topic SS Name Change Needed in the forum General 13 years, 9 months ago

    HO,
    You ask how much is due to the tool set vs. the work or contributions of one individual.  I would suggest that neither is the major contributor.
    Rather it is due to the PEOPLE (Sr. Mgmt down to the lowest hourly worker) and the CULTURE of the Company (an openness to change, to improvement, and TRUST one another) that is the major…[Read more]

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