What Can You See?

The manufacturing guys have a neat trick.  It is called an “Ohno circle”.  They paint them on the floor at different points in factories and then the team leader stands in the circle with a clip board for 30 minutes, writing down everything that he can see that doesn’t work.  He or she then spends the next 30 minutes fixing one of the things he has seen.

This is a great exercise for 3 reasons:
1. It forces the managers onto the shop floor.
2. The managers think about the process and its failures
3. Something gets fixed

You could do the same thing, but as you probably work in an office it would be even easier, you could sit down whilst you were doing it.

More manufacturing tricks at Gemba Panta Rei.  How many would work in your office?

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