You know you’re into Lean Six Sigma when…the next top 10 signs

Published March 16th, 2009 by Bill DuBois 0 Comments

Thanks for all the comments on the Top 10 Signs You Know You’re Into Lean Six Sigma.  Since Lean practitioners usually do a great job at brainstorming, there was no problem adding another 10 to the list. Looks like the first place for that first “at home” kaizen event is the kitchen!

  1. You explain that placing the beer fridge next to the recliner is not being lazy; it is point of use inventory and practiced by some of the best companies in the world.
  2. You design your kitchen in the shape of a U to mimic a cellular manufacturing line. (Ben Lowe)
  3. You load the dishwasher like this;  place forks and spoons UP, so food doesn’t drain down and get stuck on them, and knives down so you do not cut yourself taking the utensils out! (Todd L. Greges)
  4. You study Google Maps before going into town to find the minimal walking distance from home to the post office. (Simon Neale)
  5. Containers are nested (pots and pans in the kitchen) for reduced storage space and point of consumption storage (pantry as floorstock). (Mark Hoekstra)
  6. You give one of your kids their walking papers with the notation, Reason: redundant. (Robert Chaif)
  7. You think about walking the spoon/fork/knife from the table to the sink, rinse off without letting go of the handles, wipe them dry on your shirt and put away in the drawer. (Leslie Sprick)
  8. You thought the Bon Jovi hit was titled, “You Give Lean a Bad Name”.
  9. You think the recession could have easily been avoided if people closely measured the variation between income and expenses and a poke yoke signal would go off if the two got dangerously close.
  10. You are diagnosed with “OPID” – Obsessive Process Improvement Disorder. (David Snigar)
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