Sunday, December 30, 2012

LEAN and The Wayback Machine

One of the things that can really wear you out as you "do lean" is the growing sense that nothing is ever "good enough". Also, one of the 4 "Ps" is "make your Problems visible and the basis of your curriculum as a learning organization." Needless to say, thinking about problems constantly can wear you out too. One of the mistakes I made was never really stopping to smell the roses...that is, look back and laugh at how we used to do things and give each other a pat on the back for making so many improvements!

My friend, Lance Boynton, Global Director of Operations at Dymax Corporation (Torrington, CT) really got me thinking about "taking everyone on a journey in the "Wayback Machine".  (For those of you too young to remember, a regular feature on the 1960s cartoon series "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" was a time machine called the "Wabac" Machine, a device that allowed the characters to go back in time and witness, particpate in, and alter history). Can we take time out, and put together a 30 minute presentation to share the "befores" and "afters" and acknowledge the terrific people who led the changes? When you do A3 (Dymax completed over 40 in the past 6 months), many times pictures and video are used to define the "current condition". Put a bunch of these together for an entertaining extravaganza of muda gone wild.

The New Year for me was always a chance to hit the ground running, put the pedal to the medal. I loved to challenge people with one or more aspects of our business we wanted to go from good to great at during the coming year (policy deployment), as well as set the pace of continuous improvement by setting a goal for the number of A3s we would complete by year end. Before YOU start poking, prodding and coaching people like crazy, can YOU take Lance's advice and hop into the Wayback and rejoice for a few minutes?

I am so hopeful that 2013 will be the absolute best year of your life, and thank you so much for spending some of your day week in and week out reading my rants!  

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