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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Keep The Rope Tight

Sustaining Lean in my mind requires constant gentle pressure. Something Paul Akers calls "keeping the rope tight." In this video Paul analyzes a failure to sustain an area at FastCap.  There is no blaming just more Kaizen.  Paul says there are 3 elements to sustaining a Lean culture he refers to as EIR:

Expectation - set clear expectations
Inspection - inspect the actual condition
Reinforcement - reinforce by showing people what can happen.

All organizations struggle with sustaining over time.  Hopefully, this example and Paul's advice will help you use those opportunities to keep learning.

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  1. Good post, Tim. Keeping the rope tight is a great picture for sustaining lean and the video is an excellent reminder.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. I love this video. What a great example of simple continuous improvement and proper use of 5S