New Ideas for Operations ExcellenceTodd Hudson's Maverick Thinking on Improving Speed, Quality, Safety and Costs
The pandemic isn’t just creating new tectonic changes in the workplace – it’s also accelerating pre-pandemic changes. Today, I want to fill you in on one of those, an operations trend that will sweep across globe like wildfire now that Covid-019 has lit the match: Cobots. (Article 6 in Todd Hudson’s “Climbing the Reopen Mountain Series.”)
When it hits the fan, it’s time to get into problem solving mode! But when you try to do that, you’ll find that COVID-19 is going to impede your efforts. Your people can’t, like they used to, just all pile into a conference room with gallons of coffee and dozens of donuts and spend hours (maybe even days?) arguing the issues and thinking of ideas to try. (Article 5 in Todd Hudson’s “Climbing the Reopen Mountain Series.”)
So let’s say you really nail the standard work and your ramp-up is going great. What happens next? WHAM! Something you didn’t plan for. Something you couldn’t plan for because you couldn’t even see it coming. (Article 4 in Todd Hudson’s “Climbing the Reopen Mountain Series.”)
Welcome to article #3 in my "Climbing the Reopen Mountain" series on using OpEx methods to help you face pandemic-driven changes. For more articles on this topic, see my blog list. "Today isn't a restart. It's a rethink." I love this line from an IBM ad. It...
Right now none of us even has a clear view of what’s coming, much less a roadmap. The only thing we can know for sure is that organizations need to be resilient, agile and speedy, ready to pivot on a dime to react to changing conditions. And there’s exactly one resource that can infuse your organization with those three traits.
Now that everyone’s thoughts are turning toward reopening, you’re probably thinking about bringing your people back onsite and ramping up operations. But let’s be honest, they – and you – won’t be returning to the same work environment as before. Far from it.
At the Maverick Institute for Operations Excellence we want to bring our expertise to the coronavirus fight. If you’re working to relieve shortages of medical supplies, or testing for/treating Covid 19, Head Maverick Todd Hudson will be happy to work with you – free of charge – via video conference to help you ramp up production and/or rapidly train workers in new skills and/or safety protocols.
Okay, I admit it. I am a process improvement junkie. In fact, I’m proud of it. I’ve been seeing waste and improving things my entire life.
In October 2017 in Seattle I facilitated a Lean Knowledge Transfer workshop called 'Learning at the Speed of Lean' at ATD Puget Sound’s fall learning event. I split the attendees into teams and taught them how to use three Lean principles and tools to analyze and...
Todd's Been Awfully Quiet Lately. What's He Been Up to? Well, one of several really cool things I’ve been doing in 2018 is writing my new ebook, Mindful Habits for 7 Lean Practices (another thing I've been up to is applying Lean to EH&S and research laboratories,...
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