What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) refers to software “robots” that can be taught or programmed to mimic human actions like typing, copy-and-paste, open files, read files... do many tasks across programs and applications just as human workers do. It is especially suitable for tasks requiring no subjective judgement, that can be described simply. The RPA software … Continue reading What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

The blurring definition of waste in a 4.0 world – Part 2 of 2 – Robotic Process Automation

In part 1 of this series I took the example of Additive Manufacturing vs. traditional machining to explain the blurring definition of (Lean) waste and value. In this post, I propose another take with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). With RPA, some tasks considered unnecessary and wasteful in the classic Lean point of view are automated … Continue reading The blurring definition of waste in a 4.0 world – Part 2 of 2 – Robotic Process Automation

The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

Until recently in the Lean community, the definition of waste was “simple”: waste is any activity consuming resources without producing value for the customer. In this definition time can be  considered a resource and “customer” is extended to anyone beneficiary of the outcome, like a patient in a hospital getting faster and better care. Focusing … Continue reading The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

5S: How a mundane shadow board can avoid a catastrophe

Shadow boards are a common in 5S. They are used to nudge users to return shared tools to their storage place and ease the visual and from a distance recognition if the needed tool is available on the board or elsewhere. In aeronautical MRO, the equivalent cut out foam shadow board in drawers is one … Continue reading 5S: How a mundane shadow board can avoid a catastrophe

How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 5/5 – Reflect on the assessment result and act!

This is the fifth and final part of this series of posts about putting logic into a decision to change a job. In this post, I emphasize how crucial it is to understand how far someone is from achieving his or her Goal and if this Goal is a reasonable one. Looking at colors In … Continue reading How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 5/5 – Reflect on the assessment result and act!

How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 4/5 – Self assess your current capabilities and color-code the Goal Tree

This is the fourth post of my series How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 3 focused on listing the sequence of prerequisites that need to be fulfilled in order to achieve your target. The outcome of the phases described in Part 1 to 3 is your Goal Tree. Such a Goal … Continue reading How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 4/5 – Self assess your current capabilities and color-code the Goal Tree

How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 3/5 –  List and order all prerequisites using necessity-based logic

This is the third post of my series How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? After refining the personal Goal statement (Part 1) and identifying the Critical Success Factors to achieving the Goal  (Part 2), it is time to build the Goal Tree with all prerequisites - Necessary Conditions - using necessity-based logic. … Continue reading How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 3/5 –  List and order all prerequisites using necessity-based logic

How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 2/5 – Understand the Critical Success Factors to achieving your Goal

This is the second post of my series How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? The first step is focused on the personal Goal statement. This second one is about identifying the Critical Success Factors to achieving your Goal. What are Critical Success Factors? Critical Success Factors (CSFs) are top most objectives and … Continue reading How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 2/5 – Understand the Critical Success Factors to achieving your Goal

How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 1/5 – State and refine your Goal

Sooner or later everybody experiences a low in motivation, gets upset by a boss, is unhappy with compensation, working conditions, job content or colleagues. Some are quick to quit, others more thinkingful about a decision with potential long-lasting consequences. Some rely on their gut feelings, others need more factual analysis. This series of posts is … Continue reading How can a Goal Tree help you changing job? Part 1/5 – State and refine your Goal