We are sleepers in a dream, the great philosophers tell us. Our grasp of what's actually happening is tenuous at best.
The great religions and philosophies entail ritual, prayer and/or meditation to help us ‘wake up’.
Lean/TPS is about wakefulness too.
Lean methods like visual management, 5 S, standardized work, and pokayoke, are meant to jolt us out of our slumber.
"Hey, buddy wake up! There's a problem over here!"
And the most basic mediation of all is daily Plan-Do-Check-Adjust.
I’m a dreamer at heart, a ‘sleepy boy’, my Dad used to say. Daily PDCA is my anchor, my center, and has been for a long time.
Daily PDCA is hard, especially nowadays, when it’s so easy to get swept up in the tidal wave of tweets, blogs, pics, avatars, apps, games, music, videos…
I’m not very good at daily PDCA, but even partial success is a big deal.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed, confused & dopey man is king.