Archive for Lean Fastcap – Page 5

How to Start Lean?

Question: We have taken on the 2SL journey tailored around FastCap version. I am one of our companies green belts and was hoping for some insight on how to come across to my peers on how to start 2SL journey in their own branches.

Paul’s Response: This is actually one of the easiest questions to answer. It is called “first pants then shoes sequence”. When we get dressed every morning we first put on our pants and then we put on our shoes. If we do it out of order, we will fail and we will be miserable and struggle.

You start lean by first “you getting really good at continuous improvement”. You will then become a magnet and everyone will be attracted to you and what you were trying to teaching. Lean will be much easy to explain and implement and you will have many people that will quickly want to join your team. The world loves excellence…think Michael Jordan!

On the other hand if you tell them they need to do it and you haven’t done it, you might as will put on your shoes on first and then put your pants on.

Credit for the analogy of pants then shoes goes to Matt Stodola from Excel Pacific builders. Matt is a highly accomplished builder and runs some of the best jobs I’ve ever seen. Matt also did a 30 second video with me last night, explaining that some people would rather not change they would prefer to keep hammering with a rock!

What are the benefits of a standup desk?

Paul Akers explains why FastCap has chosen to use stand up desks at their facility. It is all part of the lean culture!

PLEASE NOTE: we do not force our staff to stand…they can request a chair that works well with their stand up desk.

To order an inexpensive stand up desk kit, go to this link.

2 Second Improvement (Russian and English)

Sometimes you need a diaper for your gun!

For more information on lean, visit 2 Second Lean.

Verne Harnish Interview

Paul Akers sits down with Verne Harnish at FORTUNE Leadership Summit 2015.

Lean Trash Can

Paul Akers finds out more from Dale, then Jon, then Phillip, and then Tino about the process used to help the trash get into the trash can every time at the FastCap facility in Ferndale, WA. We love our new facility and we want to keep it that way.

Lean Drilling

Paul Akers walks us through all the process improvement steps taken to eliminate waste in creating custom parts for a customer. Took the process down from 3 days to 8 hours!!!

Lean Toilet Cleaning

Paul Akers demonstrated how to clean the toilet at FastCap.

Rock or Hammer???

Paul Akers tries to encourage Matt to change the rock for a hammer.

Just make one very small change every day!!! We call the 2 Second Lean!

Do We Trust our People to make Lean Improvements?

Question: In practical application, what degree of control or oversight is in place governing the improvements employees may undertake on a daily basis, regardless of how large or small they may be? How to you prevent a runaway train? I understand that mistakes are ok and expected given that the greater good will prevail, just don’t quite grasp how you keep the rope tight on this issue.

Answer (from Paul Akers): We train of people like crazy. We have lean leads. We have expert lean implementers available for consultation.

Utilizing QR Codes for Standard Processes

Paul Akers demonstrates how FastCap uses QR Codes to help standardize their processes.