Volume 1 / Issue 6 / June 6, 2016
“Delay is the enemy of progress.” Eliot Spitzer
Have you noticed IT... the side panel on every page of the ATJ eLetter?
One reader noted to me that he finds these messages not only powerful but very thoughtful and provoking. What he does, is to go to a quiet place and click on the graphic and think deeply about the IT message it conveys. And I can agree.
This concept was developed by manufacturers for the 2008 AME International Lean conference which, as you know, occurred in the midst of the worst recession we have experienced so far. This approach shows folks what greatness can look like – and then jabs them about what IT means to them. You may remember from this conference the 54 huge graphics each depicting ‘From Good to Great’ where good products, solutions, or approaches were shown with GREAT offerings next to them.
In your editor’s view – such thinking helped that conference to be the top-attended of any AME Conference in over 30 years. If you have not been clicking the side image on each page of the ATJ give it a try. See if it generates some useful thought.
Here is another thought – think about what value may come from printing and posting the 8.5x11 poster that pops up when you click the sidebar. Don’t hesitate to let ATJ know how it works for you.
From the number of comments received about Gary Kerr’s ant hill analogy in the last ATJ issue – I suspect many are looking at ants differently. His brilliant analogy provides some powerful insights to consider in coping with some of the complexity we face in optimizing the making of things – especially when faced with the use of technologies many folks have yet to grasp.
On a side note – we mentioned in the last issue that your editor and his family were trekking west to Penticton to live after 45 years in Kitchener. And while the aircraft carrying them performed flawlessly, the ground transport (with all their worldly possessions – including computers and ATJ making materials – did not. The tractor pulling the 53’ moving van had other plans in Winnipeg. Repairs to the moving van have put our settling in to our new digs back by a few weeks. Hence the postponement of the discussion of the trends appearing from a review of 25 years of manufacturing improvement attempts from the consortia experiences across Canada.