What jobs in the factory of the future? Part5

Not as Many Jobs, But Jobs Contrasting with my pessimistic analysis about jobs in the factory of future, Hal Sirkin, a senior partner with The Boston Consulting Group, would see the positive side of the half full glass in his article published on http://www.wired.com The author discusses the possibility of Foxconn, the enormous Asian gadget … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part5

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part4

It doesn’t take very keen analytic abilities to foretell the most likely future of jobs in industry. Common sense of the man on the street is enough. Industry in US and Western Europe has paid a high price to the appealing cheaper manufacturing in low-cost countries. The customers were delighted with cheaper prices, even at … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part4

How lean are you? Part 2

In previous post I described the lean awareness assessment, a relatively simple but not very effective way for assessing leanness. Its weak point is the assumption lean awareness and operational performance are correlated and this causation is taken for granted. While this assumption makes sense and may be true, experience shows that this cause-effect relationship … Continue reading How lean are you? Part 2

How lean are you? Part 1

This is the first post of the "Lean assessment series" dedicated as its name tells to organizations' leaness assessment. One common and easy way to assess leanness is to check the organization's lean awareness. This is usually done using a five level scale ranging from "barely any knowledge" to "top awareness". Assessors use question grids … Continue reading How lean are you? Part 1

Definition of Lean in 15 words

One day after posting "Difficult definition of Lean" I came across Alessandro Di Fiore’s HBR article "The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement". The similarities between a concise strategy statement and a concise Lean definition struck me immediately. As a Lean definition may serve as a strategy statement and if a compelling strategy statement … Continue reading Definition of Lean in 15 words

Difficult definition of Lean

Did you ever face the same difficulty explaining Lean to someone who knows nothing about it? It’s a real dilemma between giving a short yet oversimplified definition or setting up a kind of improvised conference that may disconnect your audience before it got the minimum understanding about Lean, isn’t it? Once familiar with Lean, the … Continue reading Difficult definition of Lean

Mike Rother’s definition of Lean

Defining Lean in a concise way is a challenge. Mike Rother's definition as reported in february 2014 issue of Quality Progress goes like this: Lean is the permanent struggle to flow value to one customer This elevator pitch needs to be further explained. Mike Rother delivers some additional bullet points onto which I develop a … Continue reading Mike Rother’s definition of Lean

Robots won’t take your job, investors will

In a previous post I outlined cobots utopia where collaborative robots extend the worker’s abilities and compensate some human weaknesses. In this perspective cobots could keep aging workers on the job and help to improve industrial jobs’ image, often quoted Dirty, Dangerous and Difficult. The cooperation between robots and workers could increase manpower productivity, hence … Continue reading Robots won’t take your job, investors will

Cobots utopia

What is a cobot? A cobot is a collaborative robot, a robot able to work with human, assist them, collaborate with them, without harming them. Traditional industrial robots are fenced off humans to avoid injuring them while moving or working. Unlike cobots, traditional robots cannot notice human presence and adapt their behavior. Usually a safety … Continue reading Cobots utopia