Industry 4.0 promoter’s flaw of logic and Categories of Legitimate Reservation

Promoters of any solution or change agents of are usually in love with the object of their promotion. Love is said to be blind and oblivious of any negative aspect of the loved thing. That is why so often promoters of change highlight all the benefits of the change, regardless of any Undesirable side Effects for the … Continue reading Industry 4.0 promoter’s flaw of logic and Categories of Legitimate Reservation

5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor

Lean guys are not always aware they triggered rejection of their ideas or suggestions themselves, only because of their behavior or their disregarding of some elementary rules. Here is a short list of 5 ways to trigger rejection on shopfloor. 1. Play the sensei A sensei, in lean lingo, is a recognized expert, which in … Continue reading 5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor

5 reasons (at least) to explore Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints is a “business philosophy” or “management paradigm” that takes into account the existence of constraints, e.g. limiting factors hindering the organization to achieve more of its Goal.  It focuses on the one that limits the performance of the whole system and strives to achieve more of the organization’s Goal (patient’s treatments, throughput, … Continue reading 5 reasons (at least) to explore Theory of Constraints

Thinking Processes – Prerequisite Tree

The Prerequisite Tree (PRT) is one of the Logical Thinking Process tools, mentioned among the Thinking Processes by the Theory of Constraints community. The Prerequisite Tree is used to surface and overcome obstacles to achieving the change towards the organization’s Goal by setting Intermediate Objectives (IOs). These IOs are sequential steps to implementing the change … Continue reading Thinking Processes – Prerequisite Tree

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiketsu, Standardizing

Seiketsu is the fourth S of the series of five and comes logically after Sorting out, Set in order and Sweeping. The first three S reset an environment suitable for safe and efficient work, the fourth S then sets standards so to keep these good condition and practices in the work area. Without appropriate standard … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiketsu, Standardizing

Goal Tree chronicles – The hamster and the tree

Companies in nowadays competition need proactive and engaged people, yesteryear managers are expected to turn into leaders. Despite this general truth and the logical demonstration of required change, some managers just stick to their cosy routine: the hamsters. In this post: How a “hamster” manager refuses to embrace change required by robust logical analysis At … Continue reading Goal Tree chronicles – The hamster and the tree

Employee Engagement Model as guidelines for management

The Employee Engagement Model provides a framework for understanding employee’s behaviors and the balance between contribution and satisfaction as well as guidelines for management. For a manager, his team can be seen as a portfolio of resources who need differentiate care, depending on their engagement level. Engaged need to be kept in their state as … Continue reading Employee Engagement Model as guidelines for management