The Japanese are experts at this in lean manufacturing — they simply watch what is going on around them and ideas emerge. I also asked
an investment banker/turnaround expert for his top tips for success as he had a 99.9% hit ratio. He said, "Walk around the facility, observe, and the issues will pop out at you.” Talk about a multi-million dollar walk!
To hone in on your powers of observation, consider the following tips:
Pay attention to waste: Similar to lean thinking, pay attention to waste of all sorts. Just ask yourself common-sense questions. Why are you performing this step? Why are you checking? Why is scrap piling up?
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