Many companies implement formal versions of Lean or Agile methods, but others have grown with the flexibility that continuous improvement provides, giving them the freedom to deviate from the formal approaches of Lean/Agile methods when needed.
We often think of documents and manuals as static content. When you crack open the paper user manual for your new dishwasher, chances are you don’t think, “Wow look at this lively and fluid source of information!” In fact, you probably take the archaic brick and toss it in that drawer where the rest of your manuals live.
Here at Dozuki, we emphasize the importance of creating visual work instructions, because we believe visual is always better.
When you regard continuous improvement as a mindset, rather than just a procedural practice, you realize it has a much wider set of applications.
For most of us, it’s clear that improvements to standard operating procedures (SOPs) directly improve efficiency. However, all too often we focus on what’s being said and not how we’re saying it. But there’s no reason that you shouldn’t eliminate written waste and become lean with your instructions as well.