Marie Curie

A Well-Thought Out Plan

Successful operations unlock value through a continuous cycle of plan – do – check – act. That critical cycle starts with a plan. The learning for the organization comes from executing the plan and checking the results. The value is unlocked through actions and adjustments learned from the problems identified with executing the plan. A […]

Arthur Ashe

Standardized Work Builds a Flexible Work Force

World class organizations understand the value in having flexibility. Not only in the ability to meeting changes in customer demand or introduce new products with great speed, but also in continuing operations.  Flexible organizations can keep the presses running even when some of people who fill key roles are missing.  Standardized work is the key […]

Karen Martin

Fuel for an Effective Operating Model

Driving the real improvement your organization needs is best served with a proven operating model based on the principles of Plan, Do, Check, Act.  It requires a sold Strategy supported by a rigorous Daily Management process designed to identify problems that need to be solved with a pre-specified method for practical problem solving all sustained […]

Abraham Lincoln

Is There a Business Case for Your Improvement?

Unlocking the value in your organization requires a solid business case for every improvement effort. Implementing 5S, building dry erase boards, even having full daily management systems without a well-defined cause or problem make implementation twice as hard and half as successful. There are two critical reasons you should have a business case for your […]

Marguerite de Navarre

Avoid Roots and Vines in Your Operation

Organizations that seek to continually improve understand the value they unlock in their businesses when they maximize their flexibility. They understand that change is an inevitable part of always getting better. There are two important reasons that you want to avoid roots and vines in your operations; they prevent rapid improvement and crush on creativity.  […]