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Summary notes and attachments from last week’s Lean Users Support Group session, a series of no-cost, monthly, 2 hour, CI learn and share sessions hosted by IMC.
Thanks to all who attended. There were many great examples (working & not working), insights, questions… Everybody getting smarter and developing CI contacts, way to go.
Attached are 3 documents that were referenced in the session. Below are a few related notes from the attachments and session discussion
SHIFT START MEETINGS – Outline of a standard structure, purpose, and basic considerations for meetings
• Several companies are having success with shift start mtgs, great discussion of what’s working and potential refinements
• Agreement that a standard agenda is critical (can continually refine)
• Daily and smaller mtgs is best
• Important to integrate metrics and results into the mtgs (Target Conditions and Actuals) – these lead to problem identification and oppts for improvement
• Not easy to get employees engaged in mtgs – Tap into their areas of expertise and what directly affects them. Just takes time and effort.
• Important to close “crisply”, upbeat is good (recognition, good recent performance / results, etc. see attachment)
CI cycle (DMAIC) – Super important to understand the “improvement cycle”. Key is integrating this into day-to-day work. The Shift Start Mtg helps bring that about
• Need metrics to tell the difference between a “good day” and a “bad day” – Makes Shift Mtg more important
• Seeing some use of problem solving tools and methods, like to see more
• Companies doing this are seeing multiple improved results and buy-in from people
• Suggestion to take a few problems “through the CI Cycle”
o Ensures / forces the use of CI tools and methods
• Best to develop a defined “Problem Solving System” that everyone understands (like everything CI, goes through many refinements)
PDCA cycle – Didn’t review this, just brought this along as the comparison to DMAIC. Both are the “CI Cycle” but use different terminology. Either is OK to use
That’s is pretty brief. If anyone would like to add comments, ask questions, etc. please do.