Monday Morning Message on Lean – Hoshin Kanri – August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – W. Edwards Deming

Dr W. Edwards Deming

With these tough economic times we are all looking for what will keep our company going, what will make us stronger, or what will break us apart from our competition. Dr. Deming sums it up pretty well; it is necessary to change if we want to survive. You have heard the stories about companies that were leading their industry and are now out of business (Enron, et. al.). I feel very strongly that we need to plan and shape our own future. Many critics may say that you cannot predict the future so why try. I think that is a cop-out, a way to avoid the inevitable. We need to prepare the best we can for what’s coming next and what role we will play in its evolution.

I know it is only the end of August but I am already thinking about next year. That may seem strange, but let me put it this way – we have been working our Hoshin Kanri (a.k.a. Policy Deployment) plan and have achieved another milestone by expanding the offerings on our website (www.5Ssupply.com) to encompass all aspect of Lean (not just 5S). We’ve expanded the partners that we are working with (LEI, ASQ, and others). We also plunged into the social media world (with this blog, twitter & YouTube channel, LinkedIn Group – 5S Supply, etc.) These were all in our Hoshin plan.

By following the Hoshin process we were able to stay focused on what we think is important (and hopefully what the customer thinks is important too!). It almost feels comforting that we have a plan to follow. This gives us direction and spurs us to action when we need it. So as we move forward with the rest of this year we will also starting planning for next year and beyond.

So here’s the best part – to help other organizations on their Lean journey (our mission) we are offering another one of our very successful FREE webinars this time on Hoshin Planning. Please join us for a one hour session that will cover the basics of Hoshin Kanri on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.

For more information click here>> Hoshin Kanri FREE Webinar.

I am also pleased to share with you an article I wrote that was just published in ASQ’s Six Sigma Forum Magazine called Hoshin Promotion. This article gives a great overview of the process and explains what you can expect to create your own plan.

To sign up and read more, click here>> Hoshin Promotion.

Let me know what you think. I appreciate the feedback. Please feel free to share this with others. – Tony

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