Category Archives: Procedures

A Return to First Principles (Part 11b), Unearthing the Treasure!

Process analysis and improvement are not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of work that has to take place. I hope the reader appreciates that what I am doing here is scratching the surface of analysis and … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 11a), Unearthing the Treasure!

The quest: to find that one, real, current-state best way to do the task. The reality: the best way likely contains elements of the performance of several workers. Of course, you may encounter some resistance in your quest. Let’s look … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 10), Do I Really Know the Best Way?

The exciting aspect of process analysis is the learning you will gain. Of course, the amount of learning will increase with the amount of work put into the process analysis. Remember that process analysis is based on the three characteristics … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 8), Unwrapping the Process

Based on the process model we discussed in Part 7 of this series, we can now start to understand how process analysis works. I determine the beginning and end points of the process I wish to analyze. Let’s say, for … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 7), Process Focus

To analyze a process, I need to understand what a process is and what comprises a process. In one sense, a process is any set of activities that collectively lead to an outcome. ISO-9001 discusses what it calls a “process … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 4) What Is Waste?

Let’s recap. My role as trainer is to enable my organization to make money or save money. Every time a resource is used, the organization has incurred a cost, and if I do not recoup that cost plus a margin, … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 1)

I have been churning out blog posts for a year and five months now. Often I have had lengthy breaks in posts followed by bunches of posts one after another. For the last 13 months, I have held a position … Continue reading

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