Poka Yoke in the Kitchen

We have looked at common poka yoke examples in daily life. But I thought it would be a nice thing to zero down on other poka yoke examples in specific areas. These new series of posts will start with poka yoke examples in the kitchen. From the basic equipment to cooking methods, you will find that the kitchen is full …

3 Reasons Why Jidoka is not an Important Lean Tool Anymore

Jidoka Basically, Jidoka is a Japanese word that means giving machines human intelligence — this helps in building in quality into products. Stopping to fix problems is and developing countermeasures ultimately leads to better productivity in the long run. But Jidoka is not only about machines that can stop themselves. In line with the TPS philosophy, Jidoka is also about …

Kaizen Musings — Lean Inventory Management

Summary Inventory quantity is a measure of how well lean has matured Reducing inventory without streamlining processes can be a recipe for disaster Inventory velocity is more important than inventory reduction Supplier management to align to lean goals is key How inventory is received matters Inventory is Muda The ideal situation in lean is to have zero inventory. But for …

Kaizen Musings — In Lean, Slow is Better than Fast

One of the greatest selling points of lean is that it leads to faster throughput. You would expect people in a lean plant running around frantically producing goods very fast. But the reality in a truly lean organization is markedly different. While the output is very high, you will also notice that people are working at a comfortable pace. Why …