5S: How a mundane shadow board can avoid a catastrophe

Shadow boards are a common in 5S. They are used to nudge users to return shared tools to their storage place and ease the visual and from a distance recognition if the needed tool is available on the board or elsewhere. In aeronautical MRO, the equivalent cut out foam shadow board in drawers is one … Continue reading 5S: How a mundane shadow board can avoid a catastrophe

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Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

April 2019, in the corridors of our offices I picked a statement made by a young consultant about one of his clients: "It's a real mess in their warehouse, they do not manage storage and have no defined storage locations. They lose an incredible amount of time searching for goods. Introducing RFID tags would allow … Continue reading Will 5S resist 4.0 tech?

Lean: Waste in office work – part 2

In the first post of this series the focus was much about waste of human potential, that comes in many forms. In this second part reviews the 7 others wastes, first uncovered in manufacturing and later translated into office work. Office work isn’t as much prescribed in work instructions and standards as the work in … Continue reading Lean: Waste in office work – part 2

Lean: Waste in office work – part 1

When Lean principles got popular and begun to spread out of the manufacturing shop floor, the original 7 types of waste were translated into their equivalent in office environment. Yet office work is less standardized than manufacturing, offering people more freedom to organize themselves. Compared to precisely prescribed execution and streamlined operations in manufacturing, synchronized … Continue reading Lean: Waste in office work – part 1

Lean = 5S, again.

It happened again, I have met one more Lean Manager explaining that he/she was appointed to this position to manage a Lean program rollout, and this Lean program is essentially reinvigorating 5S. There has been a real inflation of Lean Managers in France lately. With so many of them flowing into the companies, France’s world … Continue reading Lean = 5S, again.

[Muda] Cash-flow depleted startup freezes cash in defective products

This post is inspired by an assessment of a successful startup on its way to scaling up. With some exaggeration I state that startups fall into two categories: either the ones that have cash to burn, thanks to trusting investors, or the ones struggling to find cash. Mine is somewhat in between. A dynamic boss … Continue reading [Muda] Cash-flow depleted startup freezes cash in defective products

What exactly is a Subject Matter Expert?

A Subject Matter Expert (SME) is someone who has deep knowledge about a subject, a practical expertise gained by a huge number of repetition and/or extended time dealing with the subject. A Subject Matter Expert is not an expert in the academic sense, like a scholar who studied extensively a specific field. It is rather … Continue reading What exactly is a Subject Matter Expert?

Summer blog “logical” cleanup

Dear subscribers and regular visitors of this blog, you may have noticed over time the growing number of posts related to this fabulous logic tools called the Goal Tree. In order to facilitate navigation and tidying up my blog, I've created a specific category for Goal Tree-related posts as well as a category for the Goal … Continue reading Summer blog “logical” cleanup

Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven't been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick: Digitizing wasteful activities is … Continue reading Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick

Lean and the digital factory: is the digital twin the new gemba?

The digital twin is the virtual and digital copy of a factory allowing monitoring, post-mortem analyses, simulations, stress tests, machine learning and much more. As a Lean practitioner having started my Lean experience in the 1980s, I faced the difficulty to get engineers, techs and sometimes foremen to the shopfloor to assess and understand the … Continue reading Lean and the digital factory: is the digital twin the new gemba?