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.
Companies frequently fail to conduct thorough background checks and due diligence on their employees and management. The headlines are filled with stories of corporate officers who exaggerate their business experience and lie about their education. This negligence on the part of management can lead to embarrassment and potential liability for the corporation. It is a sound business practice…
Recently, technical discussions at a recent company revealed that there were four different meanings for the term “uptime”. In addition, at another global manufacturer, four plants in the same country utilized different definitions of OEE. Often, the data sources used, as well as the variable definitions and computational procedures are different. Also, plants tend to develop their…
XONITEK Announced as Presenting Sponsor for Executive Seminar Series in Albany, New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Binghamton, New York (January 22, 2007): XONITEK Corporation, the Binghamton-based operations management consulting firm that has quietly established a major Capital Region presence, announced today that it will act as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2007 Tech Valley Times FORUM seminar series….
We all remember poor customer experience, and we are not afraid to share the poor experiences we have had with others – perhaps even going out of our way to share using social media as the medium for our opinions? How many times have we read bad reviews on hotels or restaurants as compared to…
“Increase Quality, Increase Velocity”; LMJ Board Member and XONITEK’s Chairman, Joseph Paris, explores the financial industry’s attempts at lean and shows where the real savings have been made. Published in Lean Management Journal in the September 2014 issue. Download PDF