All of these(and a few more) are shining examples of how slogans, hyperbole,
and weak, ineffective management can turn good common sense into the inane
twaddle that pencil-necks forage upon.
"Geeks like dese iz a dime a dozen! I'm lookin fa da guy what's handin' out
("Classy" Freddie Blassie)
I'm in and out of a couple of big companies forced to do that stuff. I'm
glad I don't have to participate. It doesn't matter what the buzzword of
the day is the concept is an organizational system based on common sense
for the masses to follow complete with printed materials on how to
accomplish simple tasks in an orderly manner. A great opportunity for
consultants. If you have a chaotic shop where management can't restore
order a buzzword system is implemented and at least the shop gets cleaned.
Kaynar Technologies had the best implementation of Kaizan I have ever
seen. Department managers asked for Kaizan events for their areas and
the operators looked forward to them as well as participating in them.
Of course Kaynar was a cash cow and was bought out by Fairchild and
then Fairchild by Alcoa so I doubt the program has kept pace. Fairchild
if true to form would have reduced or eliminated the process
improvement budget to wring out every penny for the short term and the
long term be damned.
Bill Roberto wrote:
In all fairness most of the buzzword of the day systems do some good.
The deciding factor is if everyone buys into the program. If everybody
says "what the hell lets try this" usually see some benefit. Those who
refuse generally cause more harm than if the buzzword wasn't implemented
I used to despise 5S, but since we 5S'd our little corner workshop at
work, it is more efficient when you are building machines or fixturing,
etc. You know where things are. The downside of 5S is that a lot of
stuff gets thrown away that you may later need, but don't have an
immediate need for. Recently had to buy a $16,000 spindle because
another department 5s'd the one we had...that kind of thing does put a
bad taste in your mouth...
You can't 'idiot proof' anything....every time you try, they just make
At the very least it organized a previously unorganized area. Where it
would have been detrimental is when you already have an organized group.
The new method could actually be less efficient than the one they have
already implemented themselves.
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