By Jon Miller | Post Date: July 10, 2004 7:12 PM | Comments: 2
We've found that there's a wall that's people have to get past when learning to think Lean. Teaching the 7 Wastes and 5S as eliminating searching, motion, errors, (7W) etc. by reorganizing the work area and making it more visual (5S) strikes most people as 'common sense', and they get it.
People usually get that flow is a better way to work than start-stop or batch-and-queue. However, the trouble is that pulling one piece every takt time simply does not make sense to most people. It's counterintuitive. How can doing one be more efficient than doing 10?
The basic tools of point of use and cellular layout can get you a long way, but the true breakthroughs in thinking and seeing opportunity only come when people start to pull one piece of work at takt time. Making sense of Takt-Flow-Pull starts with seeing and experiencing.
Rather than explaining using theory or examples, the best way is to demonstrate through a flow exercise (legos, paper airplanes, etc.). We have found that it's best to tell people up front that Takt-Flow-Pull will seem wrong and will seem counterintuitive, but to have faith and to give it a try.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.