By now, most of us have made and broken our “New Year’s Resolutions”. But I recently came across the idea of a “dream-map” which might prove to be more useful. It’s similar to an A4 exercise found in Lean. But instead of being forensic and detailed, it is notional. It might consist of pictures (drawn or cut-outs), phrases, and whatever else might represent what you would like to see happen or otherwise accomplish in 2019. You can pin it to your wall and let it serve as your “lighthouse” for the year. What will your “dream-map” look like?
~ Joseph Paris
Build Organizational Capacity and Capability – For Free
by Joseph Paris
I was coaching one of the national oil companies in the Middle East, offering mentorship to the director of their operational excellence program. He was frustrated because he had invested considerable funds building a team of sixty Lean Six Sigma Black Belts over a nine-month period, and they had not yet worked on-much less completed-any project nor had they realized any benefit to the company. Even worse, while these newly-minted Black Belts were sitting idle without the opportunity to use their new-found skillsets, some became frustrated themselves and left the company-taking the company’s investment with them.
Never mind the fact that a person should not be considered a Black Belt without completing at least one project and leading a few others-demonstrating their comprehension of the materials learned and command of applying these skills-I was left wondering why the company was investing in the training at all. In essence, the company was building inventory for which they had no requirement. One of the primary rules of Lean is to not build inventory unless its needed, shouldn’t this rule also apply to investing in building skillsets in people?
2nd Annual Business & Operational Excellence Summit
June 5 – 7, 2019 | Vienna, Austria
The founder of the OpEx Society, Joseph Paris
, will be delivering a special workshop
at this superb event as based on his bestselling book “State of Readiness”.
Reaching the Strategic capability to empower your Business
by CERM Risk Insights
The increasing complexity and dynamism that the markets have today, but especially those where organizations operate using Information and Communication Technologies as the core of the business, as well as the resulting uncertainty thereof, suggests that the Strategic Development in those Organizations should be based on the usage of traditional processes as well as other emergent strategies that arise from internal processes and daily activities.
There is no doubt that technological progress is rendering the possibility to deliver new services to customers. But the value added by this technological progress depends on the way of providing them and this in turn, on the intrinsic factors to the use of IT Assets, factors that are equally dynamic.
Don-kwondo: We welcome Don Burshnick, President of Alpha-1 Technologies LLC to “The Outliers Inn”, where we will learn of the importance of preventative maintenance and the conflict that exists between maintaining equipment so that it runs in an optimal state and a company’s reluctance to invest in the proper maintenance of their equipment and being satisfied with keeping their machines running, even if they are producing crap. An we will learn of a new discipline in martial arts – called “Don-kwondo” where the kata’s are trained, but it’s also acceptable (even encouraged) to have an occasional Scotch and cigar.
In this episode, I interview Peter Evans, Continuous Improvement Director for Lego Group. I have known Peter for a couple of years. And we seem to keep running into one another at Operational Excellence conferences – which are the circumstances of our first meeting. I have always found Peter to be an affable gentleman and have always appreciated his insights and the experiences he shared.
I grew up with Legos. Loved playing with them. My sons loved playing with them. It seems children all over the world love playing with them. So, if you’re like me, you must wonder; “Is Lego the coolest company in the world to work for?”
Question: What immediately comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Facilities Management”?
If you are similar to the average person, you immediately think of “Janitorial Services”, “Property Maintenance” and other comparable and rather mundane tasks associated with the more superficial aspects of maintaining a building and its surrounding property. You might even think of routine preventative and remedial maintenance of infrastructure items within the building itself.
And you would not be entirely incorrect in answering thus – just grossly incomplete.
According to a paper published by the Royal Academy of Engineering, one can conservatively expect that the building maintenance and operating costs be five (5) times as much as the construction costs of the building over the lifetime of the asset.
In the October 2007 installment of “Synchronization”, I wrote an article which gave an overview of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and the benefits of using the technology. Savings in time and paperwork along with the ability to quickly send and receive information are some of the best reasons to embark on an EDI solution. However, the one thing that needs…
Operational Excellence By DesignSM 2021 December Monthly Musing Connecting With Us Founder’s Corner – Joseph Paris A man’s gotta know his limitations The owner was trying to grow the business but didn’t have the skillset needed to scale it. He was trying to run a $75m per year company on his…
As we get older, it’s interesting what we recall from our youth and the impact it had upon us – even if we didn’t know it at the time. For me, I was blessed with having several teachers who supported me and influenced me a great deal. There was Ms. Blair, my 3rd grade teacher….
Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing (CEN) Annual Meeting and Tradeshow Desmond Hotel and Conference Center -Albany, New York January 9, 2006 (5:00-9:00pm) XONITEK Corporation will attend and participate in the Annual Meeting and Tradeshow held by the Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing (CEN) in Albany, NY . The CEN, an affiliate of the region’s Center for Economic Growth (CEG) , is comprised of over…
IIE Annual Conference and Exposition 2007 Industrial Engineering’s Critical Role in the Flat World Institute of Industrial Engineers Renaissance Hotel / Nashville Convention Center (Nashville, TN) May 19 – 23, 2007 For the second consecutive year, XONITEK Systems Corporation will participate in the Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference & Exposition – to be…
A flowchart is an outline or schematic drawing of the process your team is trying to measure or improve. It can also be a picture of an ideal process that you would like to use. Process mapping with flowcharts can help people: Agree on the steps of a process and the order in which they occur See…