I just completed a tour in Butner. They were showing me lean projects, which are extensive. Very impressive. Take a look on the lean intranet site to get a view.
One of the things that I noticed on the tour is that you can find lean projects in the corners of your plant.
Danny Brooks, general manager in Butner, was giving me the tour. I don’t think he realized it but, frequently during the tour as he was recounting a success story, it involved cleaning up a mess that was in a corner. In essence, rather than 6S it the first time, the natural tendency is to migrate the mess to the corner.
I learned today there are opportunities in our corners. Clean them up. Figure out how to make them more useful. That’s lean.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.