Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin

The following quote sums up my philosophy for problem-solving. ""Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds!" as in a haphazard approach to solving problems. Thirty years of having a hand in all aspects of the manufacturing process have given me the skills to analyze and break down into steps most problems. I prefer to use the keep it simple method when finding solutions to problems. -- When you are first learning any new activity, it is imperative to be consistent. If you change too many things at once, you don't know what brought about a good or bad result. If you can designate and change just one thing, you will have a much better chance of being successful and understanding th

An email to J.B. Smith

J.B. Smith, I think you did an excellent job of recognizing the pitfalls of the production painting project you were contemplating. You understood the potential trap you could find yourself in because that particular supply chain is not designed for supplier success. The problem with today's supply chain management is the crap is being pushed down the supply chain, making it increasingly difficult as a supplier to meet customer demands. Traditionally when Toyota decides on a supplier, they want the supplier to succeed and will work with the supplier to see that they do succeed. When American companies try to use the Toyota manufacturing process, they do not understand the concept of working

Right handed or left handed does it matter

DJS was working for HESCO an office furniture manufacturer, as the production manager. To improve drawer box construction, a decision was made to set up a drawer building station. As part of the building station, the tools required for assembly of the drawer boxes were assigned to a specific location in the building station to facilitate the tools being within easy reach and always being in position for next use. Once the building station was designed and set up, the station was turned over to the drawer builder. During the first production inspection of the station, it was discovered that the assembly tools were not being placed in their assigned positions after each use. The drawer builder


My reflections gathered through reading, listening, personal work experience and observation 

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.

Peter Drucker


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