Lean: Waste in office work – part 1

When Lean principles got popular and begun to spread out of the manufacturing shop floor, the original 7 types of waste were translated into their equivalent in office environment. Yet office work is less standardized than manufacturing, offering people more freedom to organize themselves. Compared to precisely prescribed execution and streamlined operations in manufacturing, synchronized … Continue reading Lean: Waste in office work – part 1

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2018: one year of blogging in retrospect

At the moment of writing these lines, the year has 5 more days to go until 2019 and complete its fifth year of existence. The 2018 counter of views shows 89,670,  a 16.5% increase compared to previous year, thanks to 53,430 visitors. A still modest score, but I am working on it. I managed to … Continue reading 2018: one year of blogging in retrospect

Goal Tree Chronicles – A logical analysis, not a brainstorming

It happens almost every time I facilitate a Goal Tree building seminar: Tree builders rush to the post-its and start writing down their ideas as it was a brainstorming. Hold on! Building a Goal Tree is a logical analysis, certainly not a brainstorming! A Goal Tree is built with a logical analysis A Goal Tree … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – A logical analysis, not a brainstorming

Goal Tree Chronicles – From Goal Tree to project WBS. Yes but.

I use to say that one of the benefits of the Goal Tree is to provide a project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to roll out the project, or the Goal Tree to be used ahead of a new project planning to ensure that no step was forgotten. With experience accumulating, I can confirm this to … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – From Goal Tree to project WBS. Yes but.

Lean = 5S, again.

It happened again, I have met one more Lean Manager explaining that he/she was appointed to this position to manage a Lean program rollout, and this Lean program is essentially reinvigorating 5S. There has been a real inflation of Lean Managers in France lately. With so many of them flowing into the companies, France’s world … Continue reading Lean = 5S, again.

Goal Tree Chronicles – Where to start when almost all Prerequisites are missing?

It happens almost every time, I facilitate the building of a Goal Tree, bring the group of Tree builders to build the Tree which is the roadmap and benchmark altogether for reaching the organization’s Goal, and when we color this Tree to assess where the organization currently stands, the Goal Tree is depressingly amber and … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Where to start when almost all Prerequisites are missing?

Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window

Established companies as well as startups too often underestimate the value of reusable knowledge, fail to capture it, to secure it and to share it. “Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door” is the title of an October 2018 IndustryWeek article by Norbert Majerus urging companies to “Take steps to gather and share your employees' expertise … Continue reading Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door or Escape Through the Window

Factories of the future may be black boxes, because they need no lighting.

This post is inspired by an article titles “Future Factory: How Technology Is Transforming Manufacturing“, published April 8, 2018 on https://www.cbinsights.com https://www.cbinsights.com/research/future-factory-manufacturing-tech-trends/ Until recently, when factories were called black boxes, it meant that flows, processes or operations were so difficult to understand that they appeared like “black boxes” in which the magic simply happened. Or … Continue reading Factories of the future may be black boxes, because they need no lighting.

Goal Tree Chronicles – Your Current Reality changed, not your Goal

Bill Dettmer, the “father” of the Goal Tree keeps repeating “A Goal Tree well-built remains valid until the business environment changes or the way the organization is doing business changes significantly". Indeed, in times of instability and disruptions, business owners or CEOs may feel that some significant change happened in business requiring to rebuild a … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Your Current Reality changed, not your Goal

[Muda] Cash-flow depleted startup freezes cash in defective products

This post is inspired by an assessment of a successful startup on its way to scaling up. With some exaggeration I state that startups fall into two categories: either the ones that have cash to burn, thanks to trusting investors, or the ones struggling to find cash. Mine is somewhat in between. A dynamic boss … Continue reading [Muda] Cash-flow depleted startup freezes cash in defective products