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What Are the Most Common Mistakes in Implementing Lean?

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    Ademola Akanbi
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    For a manufacturing organization looking to implement lean, what are the common mistakes to avoid at this stage?

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    #200541

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @abyola – can you give me the question number for that so I can look up my answer?

    DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK!

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    #200546

    Katie Barry
    Keymaster

    @abyola It looks like you didn’t search the site before posting your question. You’ll find many answers if you spend some time looking for them.

    As @MBBinWI noted, the iSixSigma audience is not here to do your work for you.

    What do you think the answer is? Why/why not? The more details you provide, the more likely you are to get a response. The more effort that the iSixSigma audience sees that you’re putting into figuring these answers out on your own, the more likely they are to help.

    The iSixSigma audience is full of suggestions, opinions and answers–if you’re trying.

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    #200548

    Ademola Akanbi
    Participant

    Thank you both for your comments @KatieBarry @MBBinWI. By the way this is not “doing my work for me”, I was only trying to start a discussion and get opinion from various professionals.

    Thank you,

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    #200550

    Chris Seider
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    One needs commonality of purpose, alignment with business needs, resources for improvement efforts, well scoped teams, and well selected teams. Proper application of tools and project management of the resources help.

    May sound a bit basic but…

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    #200551

    Katie Barry
    Keymaster

    @abyola My advice still applies. We can’t read your mind about your intentions. You asked a question and we answered based on the information we had.

    What do you think the answer is? Why/why not? The more details you provide, the more likely a discussion is to happen. For example, why is this on your mind? Do you think X while colleague Y thinks something else? Etc.

    You’re unlikely to get much feedback without weighing in first.

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    #200553

    Ademola Akanbi
    Participant

    @KatieBarry, Pardon my ignorance, I am new to this forum and will learn to improve my question formats.

    I am currently supporting a firm that is still fairly new at the implementation stage of lean. At this point, I have observed the focus and expectation shifting in the direction of just hard savings (lean effort focused solely on cost saving), and not as much on other improvements (soft savings). In my opinion, this is almost a failed understanding of lean itself and it is already driving employees the opposite direction.

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    #200555

    Strayer
    Participant

    Okay, now you’re getting down to a point of discussion. Management hopes to see rapid hard savings? Perhaps they hope to see staff reductions? That’s a major mistake and even a hint that this is what they have in mind is a killer for getting employees on board. If this is what’s happening you have to fight it. It’s about reducing waste and making work more pleasant and cooperative. Maybe you can go back to Deming’s 14 points and encourage management to start from there rather that look for short-term hard savings.

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    #200562

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    @abyola – what are you considering “soft savings?”

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    #200564

    Ademola Akanbi
    Participant

    @MBBinWI In this case, work safety improvement such as ergonomics or safety permit review, equipment reliability improvement. They happen to be more visible and sentimental to majority of the workforce.

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