Category Archives: OE

Operational Efficeincy is a pre-requesite of success, it is a price of being in the game, a means to the end. However, OE is not strategy, a mistake many people make. This category contains thouights that relate to the impr0opvement of operational and manufacturing efficiency, and contains thoughts on Lean, 6 Sigma, Kaizen, and many other tools and techniques, and their application to continuous improvement.

2 parameters, 5 measures of great process

Robust, repeatable, and easily taught processes are the foundation of good outcomes. It therefore makes sense to consider the factors that separate good processes from poor ones, the effective from the ineffective. The measure of the process has two parameters: … Continue reading

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Collaboration and the cost of yesterday

Ronald Coase  was first to recognise and articulate the economic relationship between individuals and the co-coordinating structures necessary to organise the work of individuals, coining the term “Transaction costs” in his 1937 essay “The nature of the firm”  Coase in … Continue reading

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Go to the Gemba

“Gemba” is a Japanese term, literally “the real place”  and is a term used extensively in lean management, meaning, in effect, go to where it happens and look to understand. This originally meant the manufacturing floor, but just as easily … Continue reading

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Lean & Six sigma sustain each other.

Lean is at its core a management system, a holistic way of looking at the way an enterprise manages itself through a culture tuned to improvement, group and personal responsability, while six sigma is a quantitative process of managing in … Continue reading

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Lean operations undermine “offshoring?”.

Some time ago I mused that perhaps the worm was slowing if not turning, in relation to local manufacturing, rather than buying in from China as the default option. The crisis in the US, far worse than anything in this … Continue reading

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Commercial sustainability needs people.

  The next time you hear an argument that justifies moving Australian manufacturing to a low  cost country in order to compete, refer to this post on the Evolving Excellence blog describing the work practices in a Toyota’s Kyushu plant. … Continue reading

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Solution or counter-measure

Applying a band-aid to a problem, a measure to counter the impact of a problem is often an attractive short term option, particularly to a management  measured in the traditional way on output, to whom stopping a line is heresy.  … Continue reading

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