Posted by Howe Q. Wallace on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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.