Volume 1 / Issue 8 / July 4, 2016
“Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon.” Denis Waitley
We overlook so much every day.
We overlook so much every day. It seems that as soon as we sense we’ve seen something before our interest and curiosity drops as does our drive to see “…in what ways can we adapt and utilize what we have at hand.” Instead, we often pursue the ‘perfect’ solution from a catalogue knowing secretly that it will have unknown quirks that will only appear after they have been purchased.
A more world class answer might be to reflect on the opportunities that could be gained by bringing team members together around an experiment to see how best to adapt what is at hand into an appropriate solution.
In other words, in the talented team you have on hand why not use Lean’s foundation which is based on experiments. Use PDCA to clarify and build thinking, capability and confidence. Perhaps our hesitation to do this is because we are so culturally programmed to seek the newest or the “next big thing” that will somehow solve all the issues. It’s a kind of destructive Kata since it’s a routine that lacks a commitment to experimentation routines. Instead of furthering our goals, often the pursuit of the “latest and greatest” wastes time, materials and drains collaborative energy.
In this issue, you will meet Kevin. Kevin founded and launched Superfactory several years ago and, in so doing, provided so many of us with basic tools, practical hands-on know-how and foundation learning which enabled us to understand Lean thinking and use it to build processes that worked reliably.
It is sobering to see the lack of under-skilled staff across our land that prevents many from constantly driving down production costs, or to continuously optimizing processes that cut cycle times that can accelerate high quality throughput. As a result, many of today’s jobs are flowing elsewhere to where skills are respected and concentrated.
So much quality learning material and counseling is available from solid organizations such as the Lean Enterprise Institute or, more recently, the extensive training provided by the Lean Leadership Institute. We also find valuable resources Planet Lean which focuses on the lean leadership muscle needed to drive sustainable organizations. Stay tuned for more about Planet Lean this Fall.
Do you have particular resources you have found to be of value? Please share them with us! We’d love to hear from you.
If first-hand immersion with fellow practitioners would work best for your company, check out the largest Lean conference in the world: the Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s 36th Annual Conference in Dallas, October 24-28th. It’s focus: Purpose-Driven Excellence.
The conference’s high practical value will connect you with 9 keynotes, 54 practitioner-only best practices, 40 on-site tours, 14 special interest Sessions plus 40 Workshops led by some of the world’s best providers – all endorsed by manufacturers.
ATJ appreciated your comments on the last issue’s “Connect-the-Dots” theme. As requested, in the next couple of articles we are republishing for you the 23-year-old, Vol 1 Issue 1 HPM Consortium Newsletter. You will notice that there are a lot of similarities today with what we were thinking about 23 Years ago!
Note: The HPM consortium continues to this day, and will be delivering their Share Showcase this November – and will meet in December to chart their commitments for 2017.