Minimum Viable Product or just crap?

Having started my career in the heyday of Total Quality Management (it brings us back to the early 1980s!) and being educated to worship customer satisfaction in the Lean way, I am not very at ease with the Minimum Viable Product concept. A minimum viable product has just those core features that allow the product … Continue reading Minimum Viable Product or just crap?

Why 5S fail? We’re done!

Most of 5S assessment or audit systems I've seen are built upon a maturity scale, usually from 1 (poor or insufficient) to 5 (complete, satisfactory or the like) for each of the 5Ss and a schedule for the assessments or audits. The way these systems are built is most often misleading, letting people believe that … Continue reading Why 5S fail? We’re done!

Beware of bottleneck hunting!

In the following video interview, Philip Marris (answering Clarke Ching's questions) states that the five focusing steps of Theory of Constraints are wrong! Well it needs some more listening  to understand the wisdom behind the provocative statement. First, the five focusing steps (5FS) are basically ok. What bothers Philip is the fifth step after the … Continue reading Beware of bottleneck hunting!

Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping

This post is part of the series “why 5S fail”. Nobody is interested in housekeeping. This is particularly true in heavier industries with more male workforce, “housekeeping” is incompatible with (macho) pride and way beneath their dignity. They may not hesitate to manually lift heavy weights and handle greasy dirty parts, but would be reluctant … Continue reading Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping

Why 5S fail

The 5S methodology / philosophy as such is around and fairly widespread since the mid-1980s, when the western industries sought the “secrets” of their Japanese competitors’ tremendous successes. >Don’t know yet about 5S? Check my quick beginner’s guide to 5S However, despite the 30 years of awareness and trials: very few companies I visited have … Continue reading Why 5S fail

10 signs you need consider Logical Thinking Process

Here are 10 signs pointing to the need to consider using the Logical Thinking Process in order to help you solve your complex problems and structure your transformation plan. Don’t know what The Logical Thinking Process is? >The Logical Thinking Process in a nutshell The Logical Thinking Process is a great help if You: do … Continue reading 10 signs you need consider Logical Thinking Process

Invitation for next Logical Thinking Process training, Jan 2016

After the successful June 2015 session in Paris, Bill Dettmer will come back in January 2016 for a new Logical Thinking Process training session in Paris. Subscribers to this blog may know my interest in the Logical Thinking Process, the Logical Thinking tools and Theory of Constraints at large. I am therefore fortunate to organize the … Continue reading Invitation for next Logical Thinking Process training, Jan 2016