Could Albert Einstein have got it wrong?
Could Albert Einstein have got it wrong? … when he said: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Lean suggests we have ‘Respect for people’ and consider the process capability and capacity, Six Sigma suggests we also consider process variation, deviation and stability. In root-cause analysisRead More
I got 5 years for Agile in Manufacturing
I was reading a LinkedIn post by C Keith Horner in which he ponders the application of the Agile framework in Agile Manufacturing. This post is inspired by pretty much the same inspiration and question that has haunted me for at least the last 5 years as I serve myRead More
Lean Learning – Implementing Statistical Process Control
Welcome to the Lean Learning Series on Implementing Statistical Process Control The Lean Learning Series is a series of sampled notes from my course content on a learning journey to a University of Limerick Masters in Quality Management (Lean Innovation) Applying ‘process thinking’; it’s possible to differentiate between random causesRead More
Pencil and paper – under value at your risk …
I was reading an article by my daughter Eiren McLoughlin1 about “Depths of Design” and it starting me thinking about the importance of keeping things simple with the least path of resistance to the creative flow in design. I posted a short version of this article as a responsive commentRead More
Defining a ‘High-Potential SME’
I am not usually one for reading notices or advertisements but the following Article grabbed my attention because I perceive myself as a Lean/Frugal Collaborative Innovation evangelist with more than a passing interest in its role in small and micro enterprises (social or commercial). The article promotes a workshopRead More
Leaning Into Services
On the topic of ‘Why Lean & How?’, a fellow lean learner asked an excellent and important question that got me thinking … “Lean has been traditionally introduced in a manufacturing situation. Do the group feel there is an important role for implementation of lean in the Service Industry?”6 Read More
“Continuous Manufacturing” … the future of manufacturing?
3D Scanning & Printing may change the future of IP protection and Manufacturing, but is the future of manufacturing already here? – “Continuous Manufacturing” … An example of single piece continuous flow with 100% inspection for right first time production? I am currently reading an excellent book entitled ‘Frugal InnovationRead More
Lean Innovating A New Manufacturing Service
After 20 plus years skirting around the edges of manufacturing, I had often had the pleasure of working alongside my team-mates but merely as a 3rd party technical lead, trouble shooter, business analyst and software developer. Until this project, I had never truly experienced the pleasure of being full timeRead More
How Can VoC Work For Micro Firms?
Reading a post by Kieron Ellis on the ‘Success with 6R’s’ starting me thinking about the best methods to allow ‘Micro Enterprises’ to hear the ‘Voice of the Customer’ (VoC) Kieron spoke about in his post. Now begins a possible uphill search for the best simple and practical ideas micro-firmsRead More