By Marcie MacRae | Post Date: October 1, 2007 11:17 AM | Comments: 2
One piece flow is not just for the manufacturing shop floor. Actually – even in office settings where one piece flow is starting to come into use it is done with numerous people.
I have been through Kaizen Products’ Factory Flow simulation, the one with the folding of the airplane, in numerous groups and classes. I have seen office, admin and accounting functions done with one piece flow. I even had one piece flow in most of my tasks when I had an assistant or someone else to help me in the office.
But did you know that you can do it all on your own and get similar results.
This was brought to my attention when I was in Japan with Gemba Research. One of the sites that we visited had us do the same simulation, only by our selves. It was amazing for me to see this actually work. And being that I am alone quite often in the office, or have sensitive information I can’t share with others – I now can save myself time and correct errors with one piece flow.
Take my bill pay for example. I used to block off an hour of my time on Thursdays to complete this. We are a small company so the most bills we have ever had in one week is ten.
This was my process:
Now – I only block off 30 minutes of my time.
This is my process:
Now if you are doing the math – it takes me about a minute and a half to prepare for this process, and about 2 minutes (120 seconds) to complete each bill pay.
As I stated at the beginning of these processes, the most I ever have to do is 10 bills a week – 10 x 2 plus the 2 minute set up would be 22 minutes in total.
Compared to the longest it ever took me of 56 minutes – 34 minutes in time I can put to other tasks.
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