Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is probably the main analysis tool and the most used in the lean toolbox. Easy to understand and handle, VSM is the starting point of improvement workshops and kaizen events. It helps focusing on wastes and improvement potentials in any process. The ease of use and popularity of VSM make them … Continue reading VSM Pitfall: unnecessary process
What is value? What is a customer willing to pay? Since Lean Thinking and Lean principles are around, many organizations strive to bring more value to the customer. But apart from reducing costs what levers do they have to bring more value to theirs customers? The article titled “The Elements of Value” published in the … Continue reading 30 elements of value, entrepreneur’s food for thoughts
In our fast moving, fast changing world, ancient wisdom may no longer apply. And chances are it is true. There is this proverb with unclear origins yet sounding ancient and wise: “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” … Continue reading Give me the fish, don’t teach me fishing!
A coach is a person able to teach, train and advise someone, to improve skills and/or practice and to make his/her coachee reflect about achievements and how to improve from the lessons learned. It takes some experience and skill to coach others, that’s why I am not comfortable hearing the words coach or coaching that … Continue reading What coaching means to me – part two
In the early days of 2015 I am not thinking about resolutions I won’t stick to, I am thinking about practices I’ve witnessed and evolutions I presume will happen. These ideas are seeds of the future posts on this blog. Among the posts to come, the Lean pendulum. It could be thought that after long … Continue reading Some thoughts for 2015
The Interference Diagram (ID) is a relatively simple tool to help surface, value and sort out interferences, Undesirable Effects or obstacles usually described as “problems”. The ID found its place within the Theory of Constraints Logical Thinking toolbox, but “Unlike the other thinking tools the ID is not based on logic, but rather on intuition(1)”. … Continue reading What is an Interference Diagram?
Lean’s Tool age is approximately the period between 1990 and 2006 in which western companies discovering Lean first tried to copy-paste the Toyota Production System’s tools and methods. Using these tools and methods brought nice successes, but kept inferior to Toyota’s and seldom sustainable. Jim Womack was among the analysts discovering the true nature of … Continue reading If tool age didn’t pave the way of management age