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Machinist Skills Training

One of the reoccurring themes we hear is that folks are having a hard time finding skilled machinists. Let us suggest that you may have to start creating your own machinists. If you can hire someone with the basics of critical thinking, a good attitude, and aptitude, we can turn them into machinists for you. […]

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Encouragement Problem Solving Tools

Boosting Morale Through Real Process Improvement

Let’s face it folks with all the uncertainty in the workplace today we are finding that morale is often at an all time low. Many folks fear a layoff and find themselves working under a cloud of oppressive doubt.What can you do to boost morale without coming off as disingenuous? True process improvement based on […]

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Encouragement

Failing Forward

Is it impossible to be grateful that you “failed”? What is often termed as failure can turn into your greatest lesson and success. The only true failure is giving up on yourself. If you failed at something new remember that you did actually TRY! That is more than many will do. You at least believed […]

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Problem Solving Tools

What is Your Problem Solving Solution?

Having a problem is not an issue. How you handle the problem is what matters most. We all could think of many examples of the issues we run into when attempting to problem-solve. To list a few we have: lack of ideas, communication barriers between blue- and white-collar workers, lack of participation, reluctance to share […]

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Creating Ahh-ha! moments for business solutions. (Part 5)

What experiences have you had with solving business problems? Do you believe that tools like the Affinity Diagram, the Interrelation Digraph, and the Nominal Group Technique are a help to open up useful dialog and create breakthroughs? What successes have you had using quality management tools? #continuousimprovement #leanmanufacturing #leanthinking #operationalexcellence #leantransformation #continuouslearning #manufacturingexcellence #hoshin #processimprovement […]

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Problem Solving Tools

Creating Ahh-ha! moments for business solutions. (Part 4)

In the last few posts we covered some of the basic tools of Hoshin Kanri. Let’s take a look at an example where these tools helped to create a Ahh-ha! moment. The problem: Operators were not always filling out routers correctly and not always scanning the barcodes to move the part to the next op. […]

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Problem Solving Tools

Creating Ahh-ha! moments for business solutions. (Part 3)

We have covered some basic tools of Hoshin Kanri that will help you find those pivotal breakthroughs in business. We have learned that the Affinity Diagram will help us gather, group, and organize ideas from our subject matter experts. The Interrelation Digraph helps us understand how these groups of ideas have influence on each other […]

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Problem Solving Tools

Creating Ahh-ha! moments in business solutions. (Part 2)

We have covered some of the Hoshin Kanri tools that you can use to create breakthroughs for the most stubborn issues. Our last three posts covered the intro to Hoshin, using the Affinity Diagram(AD), and the Interrelation Digraph. So then how do we get group consensus to focus on the key actions that we have […]

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Problem Solving Tools

Creating Ahh-ha! moments for business solutions.

In our last 2 posts we covered how to use some basic tools of Hoshin Kanri like the Affinity Diagram (AD). Now let’s look at how we can find cause and effect relationships from the natural groupings we created using the AD. Enter the Interrelation Digraph. (IRD) The facilitator will place the header cards from […]

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Problem Solving Tools

Enter the Affinity Diagram!

Our last post introduced how Hoshin Kanri helps create Ahh-ha! moments to solve business related issues. Let’s discuss how the Affinity Diagram works in this process. It allows a team of subject matter experts to quickly gather ideas and organize them into natural groupings. This exercise will have everyone discussing the merits of each idea […]