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  • #34135

    Felipe Olivares
    Participant

    Hi everyone,
    I know this is a Six Sigma forum, but seeing there are participants involved in Lean Manufacturing efforts, thought someone could be able to help me.
    My boss asked me to design a set of Tshirts with the company logo at the front and some kind of artwork, slogan and/or design at the back reflecting either:

    an important concept of Lean Manufacturing
    our implementation slogan
    a character (animal, thing, …) that could symbolize either of the prior
    ??
    Any ideas?  There´s little I know about Lean Manufacturing and I´m clueless.
    ALL IDEAS ARE WELCOMED!!
    Thanks everyone for your input.

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    #93728

    Thomas C. Trible
    Member

    Felipe:Sounds like your boss is well measing, but T-shirts
    with the names of quality initiatives printed on
    them have a way of back-firing. More effort is
    devoted to the T-shirts (and slogans on the wall),
    than on the quality initiative itself. Printing up
    T-shirts with catchy slogans is the kiss of death.
    I still have my “Zero Defects Day” T-shirt.
    Unfortunately, the T-shirt lasted much longer than
    our efforts to implement Phil Crosby’s theories
    about reaching zero defects.Then there was our management’s improvement
    initiative which they called “Find It, Fix It”.
    That didn’t last last too long either – being
    outlived by the T-shirt with that catchy phrase
    proudly emblazoned on it. Soon that slogan and
    T-shirt became the butt of rude jokes – I will leave
    it to your immagination what some of the company
    wags addded to “Find It, Fix It,…”Giving away nice, high-quality jackets with the
    company logo on them is one thing. Handing out
    T-shirts with something like “We Are Lean” on them
    is an entirly different matter. The workforce has a
    way of seeing through these motivational efforts
    easily – concluding that management is once again
    trying to manipulate them. All management gets is
    an unintended consequence.T-shirts? No. Not unless you want to make a joke of
    what it is you are trying to accomplish.Felipe, that’s my advice – based on observing the
    T-shirt slogan approach several times. Sorry that I
    can’t support your boss’s thinki

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    #93729

    clb1
    Participant

      I’d have to second Thomas’s admonition.  One of Demings 14 points is drop the slogans and they DO have a way of coming back to haunt you.  Year’s ago, a company I worked for had the slogan “Do it right the first time” plastered all over everything.  A lot of effort went into that particular initiative but when things didn’t change the phrase went from slogan
    to joke (We don’t —–)  
    to resignation (We have no time to——–)
    and finally
    to a curse (Management can never ——–)
      It was not a pleasant experience. The best thing you can do is convince your management to drop the slogan and the t-shirt idea.

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    #93749

    anon
    Participant

    The previous posts are right on the money. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be easy to explain this to your management. Most managers think these little slogans help drive home the point and somehow convince people that management is committed to whatever the case may be. It has always been my experience that these slogans are more destructive than beneficial. Especially when management continues to quite visibly not practice what they preach.
    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll need it.

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    #93751

    rwatters
    Member

    Edwards Deming Point # 10
    “Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force.”
     

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    #93752

    Felipe Olivares
    Participant

    Dear all,
    thank you for your responses.  I think I need to clearify things a little.
    We are not going to give away T-shirts to our personnel (I´m with you on the slogan thing).  We happen to be in the apparel business and this is one of our flagship products.
    Next month we are meeting with a pool of professionals (competitors and clients alike) in a Lean Manufacturing training program.  We thought I´d be nice to give to the atendees a sample of our product with our company logo and something else on the back pertaining one of the many concepts/ideas of being Lean.
    Now regarding as to what to have screenprinted on the back of the Tshirt: I´m clueless!!  IDEAS ARE ALL WELCOMED.
    Hope this clears things out.  Thanks again for sharing.
    Felipe.

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    #93753

    rwatters
    Member

    Felipe, sorry for the misunderstanding…I cant think of anything off the top of my head but try surfing around some sites dealing with Lean Manufacturing. This one is pretty cheesy, but its the best I have:
    “Leaning into the future…”
    Or my favourite Deming quote-(sorry Im a Demings fan)
    “Learning is not compulsory…Neither is survival”
    I think the above quote would be great on the back of the shirt! I tried my best, good luck!

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    #93754

    clb1
    Participant

     Ah ha! this is something different.  I like the Deming quote but in the event that it might get you in trouble with the copyright folks, I’d offer up my favorite African proverb:
    Ignorance won’t kill you but it will make you sweat a lot.

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    #93756

    Spiderman
    Member

    I disagree with the “anti-Tshirt” posts.  I think what you are doing WILL work, but…your upper management must believe in it, they must push it at every opportunity!!  GE is a good example, their motto or slogan is “The way we work”……and it works!!….because Jack Welch and Jeff Imelt believed in it, and lived it….and led by example.   Deming was a good man…but Deming does not know your organization, nor does he know your leadership or your employees.  As one of my martial arts idols  once said about teachings…..”Take what is useful, and disgard what is not”……..

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    #93758

    anon
    Participant

    I’m happy that you feel the management at your organization believes and practices what it preaches. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us aren’t employed by such companies.
    The fact remains, lip services by management simply doesn’t cut the mustard and often just adds to increased frustration and resentment on the part of the workforce. Personally, I’d be happier if management would either just be honest or keep quiet.

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    #93762

    Gard
    Participant

    Felipe, I understand you just want to make the shirts as a promotion of what it is you sell.  Like if you made cakes you might put a measage on it partaining to the event for which it was made.
    There are alot of quotes and catch phrases going around, however you may want to ask your boss what he or she thinks signifies the LEAN concept. 
    “LEAN IS THE DREAM…Let’s live the DREAM”

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    #93767

    DaveG
    Participant

    I agree with the naysayers, but they must have skipped QFD class, because they are answering a question you didn’t ask.
    I would canvass my company and ask for lists of topics that can be conveyed graphically.  Perhaps even have a contest!  Time is short, so be careful to limit the involvement.  Pick something that you actually plan to do, such as reduce inventory or cycle time.  Perhaps your management will commit to a target that they can report on at next year’s gathering – to show their commitment.
    I once toured a company where the host’s Six Sigma project was to get the Purchasing Manager to use only approved suppliers.  Pretty lame.

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    #93768

    DaveG
    Participant

    Logo idea:  show all the wastes going into a swirling toilet.

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    #93771

    melvin
    Participant

    Perhaps you should have a logo shirt titled “I whine”

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    #93775

    Adam L Bowden
    Participant

    Here are some that were posted earlier this year……
    “Eliminate slogans, exhortations and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships as the cause of most low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force.”
    -Dr. W. Edwards Deming
    “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle
    “You can learn something from everyone.”
    -Physics Nobelist Richard Feynman
    “In matters of scientific investigation the method that should be employed is think, plan, calculate, experiment and first, last, and foremost, think. The method most often employed is wonder, guess, putter, theoize, guess again, and above all avoid calculation.”
    -A.G. Webster 1910
    “I don’t mind lying, but I can’t stand inaccuracy.” – Samuel Butler
    “It’s better to be approximately right than exactly wrong.” – Can’t remember author on this one
    The insult
    “There’s lies, damned lies, and statistics.” -Twain and others
    The response
    “Only the truly educated can be moved to tears by statistics.” G.B. Shaw
    “Ignorance won’t kill you but it will make you sweat a lot.” -African Proverb
    “We trained hard-but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.” – Petronius; 70 A.D.
    “There are no uninteresting problems. There are just disinterested people.”
    -John Bailar Jr.
    “When attacking a problem the good scientist will utilize anything that suggests itself as a weapon.” – George Kaplan
    “There is nothing more tragic than the spectacle of a beautiful theory murdered by a brutal gang of facts.” – Don’t know this author
    “Every now and then a fool must, by chance, be right.” – Don’t know this author
    “They don’t pay me to pitch. They pay me to win.”
    A lecturer once observed that in manufacturing engineering “One should always be on the lookout for tight tolerances, loosely enforced”.
    It appealed to my cynical British sense of humour
    The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen more and talk less
    Zeno of Citium (c. 300 B.C.)
    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
    Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.
     
    Thinkers prepare the revolution bandits carry it out
    Mariano Azuela
    Nonviolent revolution is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in peaceful transfer of power.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi
    Always design a thing by considering it in its larger context
    Eliel Saarinen

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    #93777

    Belog
    Member

    Here are some that were posted earlier this year……
    “Eliminate slogans, exhortations and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships as the cause of most low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force.”
    -Dr. W. Edwards Deming
    “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle
    “You can learn something from everyone.”
    -Physics Nobelist Richard Feynman
    “In matters of scientific investigation the method that should be employed is think, plan, calculate, experiment and first, last, and foremost, think. The method most often employed is wonder, guess, putter, theoize, guess again, and above all avoid calculation.”
    -A.G. Webster 1910
    “I don’t mind lying, but I can’t stand inaccuracy.” – Samuel Butler
    “It’s better to be approximately right than exactly wrong.” – Can’t remember author on this one
    The insult
    “There’s lies, damned lies, and statistics.” -Twain and others
    The response
    “Only the truly educated can be moved to tears by statistics.” G.B. Shaw
    “Ignorance won’t kill you but it will make you sweat a lot.” -African Proverb
    “We trained hard-but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.” – Petronius; 70 A.D.
    “There are no uninteresting problems. There are just disinterested people.”
    -John Bailar Jr.
    “When attacking a problem the good scientist will utilize anything that suggests itself as a weapon.” – George Kaplan
    “There is nothing more tragic than the spectacle of a beautiful theory murdered by a brutal gang of facts.” – Don’t know this author
    “Every now and then a fool must, by chance, be right.” – Don’t know this author
    “They don’t pay me to pitch. They pay me to win.”
    A lecturer once observed that in manufacturing engineering “One should always be on the lookout for tight tolerances, loosely enforced”.
    It appealed to my cynical British sense of humour
    The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen more and talk less
    Zeno of Citium (c. 300 B.C.)
    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
    Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.
     
    Thinkers prepare the revolution bandits carry it out
    Mariano Azuela
    Nonviolent revolution is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in peaceful transfer of power.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi
    Always design a thing by considering it in its larger context
    Eliel Saarinen
    TOF, accept this and move on..

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    #93782

    Bryan Six Sigma Junky
    Participant

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day,
    Teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother your for weeks.
    Hope this helped. Thanks
    Bryan

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