I had a great meeting with the University’s Lean team this afternoon.
Lean use elite ninja-like skills to focus on a process, to ensure that it is as waste-free as possible. Key Lean principles are:
- identifying and eliminating waste
- continuous improvement of processes
- ensuring that each stage in a process adds value
Toyota pioneered Lean Manufacturing on these principles in the 1980s and revolutionised automotive production. Toyota is now the most successful automotive production company in the world.
So now you know.
Oh, and the team are fantastic, lovely people.
I have Another Potting Shed!
For the last few days I’ve been experimenting with another blog, hosted on WordPress.com, using it much like a “microblog”: short, informal, blether-like posts.
I’ve had that WordPress.com blog for a couple of years now, but not done anything with it. I originally signed-up for it out of curiosity, to see what the hosted accounts were like, so that I could assist friends who had their own blogs there.
This week I thought that it was a shame to waste such a fine space. So I’m now blethering on it. See you there!
The clocks went back an hour at the weekend. I always find that during the following week I’m a little chronologically disoriented, like we’ve all taken a step sideways into another time zone.
We’ve moved out of Greenwich Generous Time and back into good old Greenwich Mean Time now.
I had a friend at school who always kept his watch at GMT. He’s an MSP (Members of the Scottish Parliament) now.
It’s very dark early now. But on the other hand, early it’s very light.
A friend of mine was on the phone the other day, telling me about the funeral he’d been to of an English County archaeologist.
It got me wondering: at the funeral of an archaeologist do they bury the coffin and then spend the next month slowly digging it up again using small trowels?
My favourite comment so far from an Instant Messenger conversation this morning:
anchor steam is good and tastes best when you can see the bridge
Unless you know that Anchor Steam is a San Francisco-brewed beer that sentence is wonderfully surreal.