Problem solving training

  • 26 August 2019 |
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problem solving training

Have you relaxed and recharged your batteries this summer. Apropos recharging: 

My family traveled by electrical car to Italy this summer. It turned out electric cars were not that common there...

It was hard to charge the car, as the apartment we rented was on the 2nd floor, on a narrow street, with few parking facilities.

Fortunately, problem solving is both unifying and engaging. With creative problem solving from the landlord and neighbors the problem was solved.

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Work smarter not harder

  • 02 August 2018 |
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Work smarter not harder

Do you enjoy the summer? And your holiday?

I have spent my holiday in Norway enjoying our beautiful country and made this summer greeting for you (texted in English). "Work smarter not harder"

To work smarter, it's important to take breaks. Pauses give time for reflection and to see with new eyes.

Summer vacation can give you the break you need to see new solutions and opportunities.

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Lean Startup & Six Sigma

  • 24 January 2018 |
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Lean Startup Six SigmaThe Lead Lean conference organized by Nordic Business Forum (22nd of January 2018) was an inspiring meeting with talented speakers like Anita Krohn Traaseth, Alex Osterwalder, Dan Toma, Eric Ries & Seth Godin.

A recurring theme during the day was exploitation and exploration. Exploitation is associated with incremental innovations on existing processes, services and products to make the best use of resources. Exploration is about radical innovations such as the development of brand new processes, services and products.

Continuous improvement efforts focus on incremental innovations - improvements to existing processes, products or services. 

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Effective problem solving

  • 27 November 2017 |
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LeanSixSigmatraining

Lean Six Sigma helps you reduce costs, improve quality and increase productivity.

By applying the fact-based improvement method Lean Six Sigma, you achieve measurable results. You learn how to improve flow, center processes and reduce variation.

Understanding variation enables you to respond properly to measurement results, reduce and control unwanted variation. It is an important success factor to succeed in a competitive industry.

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Good flow gave world record

  • 09 June 2017 |
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Good flowI am impressed by the flow at Espa Bolleland, a Norwegian gas station 90 km north of Oslo.

Espa bolleland is a natural stopover for us when we drive to our cabin. We can get freshly baked buns, coffee and a toilet visit if needed. We are not alone: lots of cars passing by, choose to stop here.

What's so amazing with Espa bolleland, is that besides all their visitors, you experience a good flow. They have people guiding the traffic in and out. The delivery of buns and coffee is done in a moment. Even toilet visits go relatively fast even at crowded days.

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Lean thinking

  • 05 May 2017 |
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lean gårdsdrift

 

It's fun to hear about people and businesses that succeed using Lean and Six Sigma. They practice the tools because of the value.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting a former colleague, Iver Frøsli, who combines a full-time job with farming.

He has about 120 sheep in total: 70 of them are lambs. To save time, Iver practice Lean at his farm. This means he removed time-thieves, performs standardized work and asks "Does this increase value?" when performing activities.

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What is the root cause?

  • 28 March 2016 |
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rotårsak

A few weeks ago I was on a job trip, where the return journey did not go according to plan.

The result was a missed air plane, and Hertz received a damaged car in return.

What really happened and what was the root cause?

We visited customers at Meløy, (3 hours drive from the closest airport Bodø). Normally you can drive, but due to a rockslide the road was blocked, and a ferry was the only alternative.

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This is NOT Lean

  • 29 February 2016 |
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NOT-lean

I really like the book "This is Lean" by Niklas Modig & Pär Åhlström. I believe the book describes what Lean is, an easy and understandable way. Lean is all about flow.

I like smooth flow. It also applies to traffic. I do not like queues and unnecessary waiting.

The other day I experienced poor flow. Close to where we live there is a road construction, which means that there is only one lane. Therefore, they regulate traffic with a traffic light for a distance approximately 15 m long. That is fine!

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