Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holiday Hangovers aren’t Productive

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we had visitors in town and did some visiting ourselves. In the meantime, all of the routines we use to keep our lives humming along nicely went out the window. The daily dishwashing, laundry, tidying, … Continue reading

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Dishwashers and Leveling Demand.

One change I’ve made recently as I attempt to “lean” my everyday life is to run the dishwasher more often. This seems stupid at first glance, since it costs money to run the dishwasher so more running = more money. … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #1: Inventory.

Taiichi Ohno, in the Toyota Production System (TPS), described seven different categories of waste (or muda) in the production process. The elimination of these wastes is the most important step in creating a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste. Makes sense!) … Continue reading

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Who are the customers?

In my view, the central principle of lean production is that the customer is the focus of everything you do. As you go through the kaizen continuous-improvement process, you subject everything you do to the question: “How does this increase … Continue reading

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Checking up on baby bottles

A few posts ago, I talked about my plan to streamline our baby sippy cup situation by cutting down to just two cups that we would wash by hand. This replaces our array of more than half a dozen cups … Continue reading

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Resources are the enemy.

One common origin story for lean production methods focuses on the Japanese origin of these techniques. Japan has many important manufacturing resources, but is hugely lacking in one: Space. The land in Japan is just too dear to use for … Continue reading

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Baby bottles

I’m going to jump right into an issue that I’m dealing with today: Baby bottles need to be washed. Typically, we collect bottles (or actually, sippy cups) throughout the day and then load them into the dishwasher for the overnight … Continue reading

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