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Bad poka-yoke is worse than none

Last post, I talked about the lean concept of poka-yoke or “mistake proofing.” The idea of poka-yoke is that even the best worker can make costly or dangerous mistakes when their attention slips even just for a moment. This is certainly true … Continue reading

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Poka-Yoke and Childproofing.

A major concern in any household with toddlers is safety. The little tykes just get into everything, especially if it’s dangerous or off-limits. As a result, making your home safe for children (despite their best efforts) could not be more … Continue reading

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Falling down the chute.

It’s been a while since I posted to this blog. I wish I could say that part of the problem is that it’s hard to both DO lean things and WRITE ABOUT lean things at the same time. But that’s not really … Continue reading

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Kitchens are already Lean

I’ve been reading Jay Arthur’s Lean Six Sigma Demystified, which makes an interesting point: Most kitchens are already arranged around some lean principles: Small batches. People don’t make hundreds of meals at a time and only eat the first meal … Continue reading

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New dishwasher and root causes.

I’m need to talk, once again, about our dish washing process. One of the problems remaining as we’ve tried to make our dish washing process leaner is that the dishwasher itself is in poor health. Cups and dishes on the … Continue reading

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5S in the kitchen #5: “Kaizen” versus “Kaizen blitzes.”

It’s been a while since I wrote an update on my applying the “5S” organization process to our kitchen. The reason for this delay is related to something I mentioned once before: We have VERY little time to do anything … Continue reading

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5S in the kitchen #4: On to Straightening

As a first step towards “lean” cooking, I am working through the 5S workplace-organization process that begins many lean tranformations. I have now completed the First S – “Sorting”, in which you toss all the unnecessary stuff and keep only the … Continue reading

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