• Shelby replied to the topic Resistance to change in the forum General 12 years, 6 months ago

    Challenge yourself to a few new efforts.  In your post, you say mostly from production workers.  That hints as if one or more of the following scenarios apply.  (some production workers are against and some are for it, some management is against and some is for it, etc.)
    Do a Stakeholder analysis to prevent lumping everyone into one ca…[Read more]

  • Another potential hazard is if leadership tries to achieve results via shortcuts to the methodology. 
    Some quick tips to recognize this point of failure.  If you hear leaders saying:
    * I know this belt does a good job……I’ll skip the gate reviews
    * Do we even need to have the reviews?
    * and various other comments that end with leadership d…[Read more]

  • Shelby replied to the topic MBB Training Advice in the forum General 12 years, 8 months ago

    My company has used many different vendors in the past. Recently, we switched our business to SBTI. They are located in San Marcos, Texas just out of Austin.The course is 5 weeks + 2 weeks of electives. You will be trained in advanced stats, change management, hands on experience with teaching, coaching, and mentoring.No, I do not work for…[Read more]

  • Shelby replied to the topic Value Engineering in the forum General 13 years, 5 months ago

    Assigning value during VE projects is difficult in that many participants are forced out of their comfort zones.  This is partly do the one of the hidden benefits of VE studies.  This being that most functions can be accomplished in more than one manner. ( are forced into challenging every assumption with respect to value)
    If this was n…[Read more]

  • I agree with many of the other replies.  However, I have a suggestion that worked for me while diagnosing a similar process recently.
    Go to the work area and observe.  i.e. Do a Lean Manufacturing project starting with a waste walk.  You will likely find potential improvements that can be tested quickly.  While doing this, make sure you lear…[Read more]

  • Al,
    I agree with most of the previous replies.  Prior to going to ownership, get a full understanding of the problem.  As one of the earlier replies said there are many continuous improvement tools. 
    Choose the right tool, and you will be able to influence ownership later on.  Implement a program without purpose and you will lose all a…[Read more]

  • Shelby replied to the topic Capacity Study in the forum General 15 years, 1 month ago

    Prior to doing a capacity study, I would advise you Lean Out your process.  Gain a true understanding of your current process.  Many times, companies assume that additional resources are needed to meet customer demand, when in fact the current resources are not being fully utilized. 
    Jumping to the conclusion that new eq…[Read more]

  • You can of course use your local manager as a sounding board to learn about the companies culture for trying new problem resolution methods.  Then act within the guidelines provided.  This may or may not have success. 
    Therefore, a second approach is to build trust by doing.  Seek out issues that fit as good projects and get approval to sol…[Read more]