Smiling because starting a job with a new company or because leaving the actual one?

In an article titled “My Personal Turning Point: Reflecting on a Decade as a Lean Coach” by Josh Howell, now president of LEI and posted January 14th, 2020, the author explains why he was smiling on a photo. It was not because of the prospective new job with LEI but because he was leaving his … Continue reading Smiling because starting a job with a new company or because leaving the actual one?

This blog is 5 years old!

Hello everyone, in these very first days of the new year 2020, I wish you all the best for the three hundred sixty and some remaining days. This blog is now 5 years old, as I started it in January 2014. The slow build-up of organic growth accumulated 362,698 views since, with 476 posts in … Continue reading This blog is 5 years old!

VMOSA, Vision Mission Objective Strategies & Actions

Did you ever struggle with all the confusion about Vision, Mission, Objective, Goal and Strategies? Those words are sometimes used interchangeably and sometimes bear a specific meaning to those using them. If you google VMOSA, which stands for Vision, Mission, Objective, Strategies & Actions, you may find different definitions... I am usually not in favor … Continue reading VMOSA, Vision Mission Objective Strategies & Actions

Negative Branches in a Logic Tree, how things can go unexpectedly wrong

I happen to hear a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) vendor's pitch and he was speaking in cause-and-effect, demonstrating how RPA  will not destroy jobs, but on the contrary create more jobs than it destroys. The occasion was too good not to try it, therefore, in this episode of my Critical Thinking playlist, I am: translating … Continue reading Negative Branches in a Logic Tree, how things can go unexpectedly wrong

The Zoo or why many improvement initiatives on shop floor fail to deliver noticeable results at company level

The zoo is one of the metaphors used in the book “Thinking in Systems” by author Donella Meadows (1941-2001) and one of my favorite takeaways from her book. Told in my way, the zoo is a convenient way to observe animals that would not be that easy to observe in their natural habitat. In a … Continue reading The Zoo or why many improvement initiatives on shop floor fail to deliver noticeable results at company level

The Lean Toolbox (5th Edition) by Bicheno & Holweg: 342 pages and 1.4 pounds of value

If you are looking for a good value-for-money reference book on Lean you should really consider Bicheno and Holweg’s book: The Lean Toolbox, a handbook for lean transformation (5th Edition). This 342 pages paperback book is a great reference book, the kind you’ll open again and again to refresh your memory or get (re)inspired. Each … Continue reading The Lean Toolbox (5th Edition) by Bicheno & Holweg: 342 pages and 1.4 pounds of value

What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) refers to software “robots” that can be taught or programmed to mimic human actions like typing, copy-and-paste, open files, read files... do many tasks across programs and applications just as human workers do. It is especially suitable for tasks requiring no subjective judgement, that can be described simply. The RPA software … Continue reading What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

The blurring definition of waste in a 4.0 world – Part 2 of 2 – Robotic Process Automation

In part 1 of this series I took the example of Additive Manufacturing vs. traditional machining to explain the blurring definition of (Lean) waste and value. In this post, I propose another take with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). With RPA, some tasks considered unnecessary and wasteful in the classic Lean point of view are automated … Continue reading The blurring definition of waste in a 4.0 world – Part 2 of 2 – Robotic Process Automation

The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

Until recently in the Lean community, the definition of waste was “simple”: waste is any activity consuming resources without producing value for the customer. In this definition time can be  considered a resource and “customer” is extended to anyone beneficiary of the outcome, like a patient in a hospital getting faster and better care. Focusing … Continue reading The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing