Strategic development

  • Ye cannae change the laws o’ physics

    So what have dodgy sets and actors with their trouser legs tucked into their boots got to do with change?  Quite a lot actually. Scottie was right and, although you might not think it, change follows the laws of physics.  This is why it often doesn’t work.  The villain in the piece is entropy and […]
  • Standard work is an insult to my skills

    I heard ‘Standard Work is an insult to my Skills’ the other day in a machine shop. Interesting point of view as the worker was very skilled, problem solving difficult programmes and set-ups in a high variety shop across many machines. The worker was stressed and output was very variable because if he was not […]
  • 5S is not about tidying stuff up

    Anyone who has been through a 5S session will I am sure remember the buzz when you pulled out that old broken fan from under your desk and finally binned it. Perhaps you got the chance to clean the top of your machine and actually make it a nice place to be for a change. These are […]
  • Long Train Running

    Or, how to do a pull system in a small batch, high variety environment. I’ve been working late, but before I go home I nip down to the shop floor for a quick look.  As I walk into the machine shop I come across Tim, the QA manager, standing to one side with a vacant […]
  • From Data to Wisdom

    I had a discussion recently with a client about what measures would be important for his factory. New ERP systems are now very good at creating ‘dashboards’ of current measures and can often overwhelm the manager with data but is it information – or knowledge? During this discussion I was reminded of the DIKW pyramid. […]
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