Problem solving training

problem solving training

Summer is a great time to relax and see things with new eyes. Maybe questioning our routines as this story is a reminder of:

A young girl stood watching her mother prepare baked fish for dinner. The mother cut off the head and tail of the fish, and placed it in a oven-proof dish.

The girl frowns. «Why do you cut off the head and tail of the fish? I thought you should bake the fish whole?»

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Lean Six Sigma and innovation

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

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

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

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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?

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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

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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