7 Quality Control Tools – Graphs

They are known since heyday of Total Quality Management in the 1970s and they are still used and useful today: the seven quality control tools. These tools have been selected to give shopfloor workers means to control, analyse and improve quality based on facts and objective data. The tools are simple enough to be used … Continue reading 7 Quality Control Tools – Graphs

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Five truths about (ordered) lists

After extensive research, I am ready to publish my Five truths about (ordered) lists. 1. A list of “n something about something else” is a powerful attractor, a kind of visitor-magnet that pulls visitors to web pages, blog posts or whatever. Don’t say no, you’re reading this post because of it. 2. An ordered list … Continue reading Five truths about (ordered) lists

Seven questions fostering efficiency – assigning tasks

Managers, how many times after assigning tasks have you been disappointed by the results / the lack of results? Before scolding people, reflect about what you asked them to do and the way you assigned the task. It could be the way you pass the task over is the cause of your disappointment. Having to … Continue reading Seven questions fostering efficiency – assigning tasks

Seven questions fostering efficiency

Managers, how many times a day are you interrupted by a colleague or a subordinate who comes to you with a problem, a suggestion, a complaint or a great idea? How many times, when this happens, is the person able to explain in a logical and concise way what makes him/her disturb you? Not very … Continue reading Seven questions fostering efficiency

How lean can help shaping the future – compact factories

The factory of the future has to comply with several constraints, among which the energy efficiency and respect of environment, the latter meaning nature as well as neighborhood. Factories of the future will probably be close to housing areas, not only because in some areas space is scarce but because commuting is a major source … Continue reading How lean can help shaping the future – compact factories

What is supplier development?

Since major companies subcontracted and outsourced significant part of the added-value in order to concentrate on their own core competencies, they increasingly depend on their suppliers. In automotive and aerospace industry the rate of value creation is about 20% for the OEMs and 80% for suppliers. OEM here stands for a company that acquires systems, … Continue reading What is supplier development?

Bending the Current Reality Tree

The Current Reality Tree (CRT) is one of the Theory of Constraints (ToC) Thinking Processes (TP) tools. A CRT is built on Undesirable Effects (UDEs) linked by logical cause-effect-cause relationship called “sufficiency”. Sufficiency logic relationship is in the form of “if A is true then B is true”, or “if A exists, then B exists”. … Continue reading Bending the Current Reality Tree

What are Undesirable Effects?

Undesirable Effects (UDEs) in the Thinking Processes/Logical Thinking Process lingo are effects undesirable in/for a system, a process or its stakeholders and clients. The UDEs are hindrances to better throughput or higher performance, or obstacles to achieving the system's Goal. In this post I present two "understandings" of the UDEs. The first is ToC's Thinking Processes, … Continue reading What are Undesirable Effects?

What is a Current Reality Tree?

The Current Reality Tree (CRT) is one of the Theory of Constraints (ToC) Thinking Processes (TP) tools. A CRT is built on Undesirable Effects (UDEs) linked by logical cause-effect-cause relationship called “sufficiency”. Sufficiency logic relationship is in the form of “if A is true then B is true”, or “if A exists, then B exists”. … Continue reading What is a Current Reality Tree?

Goal Tree: how to assess Necessary Conditions status?

Once a Goal Tree is completed, I recommend to assess each box, mainly Necessary Conditions (NCs) for its status and make that status immediately visible with the three Green / Amber / Red colors, according to the completion and mastery of the box content. This color code is familiar to most people and easy to … Continue reading Goal Tree: how to assess Necessary Conditions status?