Goal-Setting Theory and Goal Trees

Goal-Setting Theory states that goal-Setting, when done properly, is motivating. A Goal Tree complies to the requirements of a motivating goal-setting, here is why. Goal-Setting Theory According to Theory, Goal-Setting (and the underlying objectives) helps to focus onto the Goal and keep focused. Set Goals tend to increase effort in order to achieve them. Once Goals … Continue reading Goal-Setting Theory and Goal Trees

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Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode III

Improving changeovers in pharma industry is a relatively quick and easy way to... quick wins, faster and easier than usually assumed. This series tells you why. Episode III: How to and Why it works In the previous Episode I explained the background of the lag of many traditional pharma makers in regards to Industry Best … Continue reading Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode III

Learning Faster

In this video, Clarke Ching explains Philip Marris how to speed up learning by speeding up the audio book playback. While Philip has reservations about this technique, I do use it with several medias: Podcast playback on iPhone x1.5 (x2 is usually too fast for me) Youtube conferences clips, Youtube allows x1.25; x1.5 or x2 … Continue reading Learning Faster

Leader Standard Work

The very first time I heard about “leader standard work” and “scripted day” I was puzzled. Production manager myself at that time, in my view management must be ready for fixing things and react to all the random events that rain down onto a factory shopfloor. How could a day made of fixing unexpected problems be … Continue reading Leader Standard Work

What is a spaghetti diagram?

A spaghetti diagram, spaghetti plot or spaghetti chart is the drawing depicting the physical flow or route of: a part, raw material in a workshop or factory a human worker in his/her work environment a patient in his/her journey in a hospital nurses in their station a file or paperwork being handed over across offices … Continue reading What is a spaghetti diagram?

The 2 for 1 rule to reduce WIP and Lead Time

Organizations with high level of Work In Progress also have long Lead Time, according to Little's law. High level of WIP clutter the process and tie cash into the process, while long Lead Times do not help agility nor On Time Deliveries. In order to improve the situation it is necessary to drain the system of … Continue reading The 2 for 1 rule to reduce WIP and Lead Time

Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode II

Improving changeovers in pharma industry is a relatively quick and easy way to quick wins, faster and easier than usually assumed. This series tells you why. Episode II: What Gain? Why? In the previous Episode I explained the background of the lag of many traditional pharma makers in regards to Industry Best Practices (mainly Lean) … Continue reading Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode II

You are probably wrong when identifying your bottleneck

Things moved on since Eli Goldratt’s revealed Theory of Constraints through his business novel and bestseller “the Goal”. Most of today’s processes are more complex than 30 years ago: supply chains are stretched over the globe, new products are launched more frequently and batches are changed more often, among others. Thus identifying the bottleneck or … Continue reading You are probably wrong when identifying your bottleneck

Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode I

Improving changeovers in pharma industry is a relatively quick and easy way to quick wins, faster and easier than usually assumed. This series tells you why. Episode I depicts the pharma background, introducing why mastering quick changeover is both mandatory and a hidden or long disregarded improvement potential Episode II explains what gain can be … Continue reading Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode I

Discarded the bloody app, feel better now

It was the one which inspired me my post: “Minimum Viable Product or just crap?”, it kept upsetting me over and over while claiming to be the top app for social media management. I got rid of it and feel much better now. Not only can I get beyond the limitations, but I have a … Continue reading Discarded the bloody app, feel better now