Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence, Part 2
Part 2: Continuing the Journey of 7 Steps
As discused in "Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps," we all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, which is easier said than done. Operational excellence is about more than simply adjusting the...
Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence
Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps
We all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, but it is often much easier said than done. Although it’s often conceptualized as merely tweaking the current way of doing things, operational excellence is about...
How Does Your Company Performance Measure Up? The Importance of Benchmarking
I read a book recently that discussed the term “benchmark” and its origins as relates to business. Surprisingly, the term originates within the history of guns and ammunition. In fact, with the same aim we use it today—comparison and improved performance.
The book talked...
Moving From Best to Next Practices
As an industry, there are many times I believe we have been behind the curve in adopting/taking on new technology or hardware in our operations. Over the past 15 years or so, we have seen incredible growth in the use of automation, software, etc., but other industries have far exceeded the...
How the DMAIC Process Helps Sustain Achievements and Drive Continuous Improvements
As the next and final step in the DMAIC process, the Control phase is perhaps the most critical!
You have identified and Defined the scope of a challenge. Collected data and statistically Measured the baseline of the current process and/or output. Analyzed the current procedures and...
Change Your Dynamic By Investing in Your Team
What is the difference between companies which are stuck in the status quo and those which are transforming themselves into the leader in their industry? One significant difference is their focus on Continuous Improvement. By focusing on making things better—People, Projects, and...
Using the DMAIC Lean Method to Accomplish Improvement and Take the First Steps to New Goals
We’re now at the point where everyone is on board with the idea of change. Management and staff have indicated a willingness to take steps to improve. So how do we proceed?
What processes learned from Lean Manufacturing can we use to make progress?
As discussed last month in the 5th...
Disruptive Innovation with LBM/Component Companies
Over the years, our industry has seen a lot of innovation in how we handle materials, how we manufacture, and how we take a house from an idea to a component using the computer. But, over the past few years, we have seen an acceleration in big ideas, disruption, and what we can do using...
Continuous Improvement Culture
While speaking at a recent conference, I was asked a really good question from one of the executives of a Component/LBM company. His question prompted me to think about how I would start 2018 off in my articles.
The question was: “Our company does not have an incentive program in...
No Waste Path Using TIMWOODS
Part 9 in our TIMWOODS Series
Hey TimWoods, it’s time to take a pause with your Gemba walk and talk about a Waste Reduction plan using what we learned in this series.
Throughout this series, our friend TimWoods has helped us focus on the wastes of Transportation, Inventory, Motion,...