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


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)

Bill DuBois has enjoyed over 20 years with Kinaxis in a number of roles including his current position as Director of Product and Marketing Content. Prior to his move to Marketing, Bill was a Senior Business Consultant providing pre-sales support to the Kinaxis Sales Team. This included developing and delivering “stand-out” product demonstrations, delivering ROI analysis and conducting pilot projects for prospective customers. Prior to joining Kinaxis, Bill gained 12 years of manufacturing, supply chain and lean experience while with Boeing of Canada. Bill is APICS CPIM certified. And as a qualified APICS instructor, Bill has developed and delivered APICS courses in material planning, master scheduling, capacity management and just-in-time. Bill has also developed and delivered Lean education and training packages for all levels of personnel. Bill studied Electronics Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Bill is also the host of our home-grown Stevie Award Winning Late Late Supply Chain Show. The Late Late Supply Chain Show videos can be found on the Just for Laughs section of the Supply Chain Expert Community. With top-ten list in hand, Bill keys up his late show antics appealing to a broad base of supply chain professionals — those who can laugh at the chaos of their daily lives. Bill has won the plaudits of critics — all one of them – and has proven himself in the ratings — first in Late Late Supply Chain shows! And Bill won’t stop until “this order has been filled.” Check him out for yourself!

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