Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Your Processes

Posted by: meikah | 1 October 2009 | 6:37 pm

What’s happening now in the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos because of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) really makes you think about processes that don’t work.

I know the government is doing their best to help out those who have been victims and so are the different volunteering organizations. And when you’re right in the middle of the action, sometimes, you don’t see the bottleneck or the missing / broken link.

That is why, I’m hoping that this experience will teach everyone about putting up a system ad testing it regularly. Especially that we have been warned about repeated heavy rains, heavier than the usual because of climate change and global warming.

So, today, I’m glad I stumbled upon this article on Bersbach Consulting-Six Sigma Training. The article lists down the possible wastes in your processes.

Some symptoms of Process Waste that you can look for are:

  • Unnecessary work
  • Extra equipment
  • Longer lead time
  • Reduced productivity
  • Extra material movement
  • Sorting, testing, inspection
  • Inappropriate use of resources
  • Excess energy consumption
  • Processing by-products

Some Root Causes of Process Waste are:

  • Product changes without process changes
  • Just-in-case logic
  • Old Habits (it’s always been done)
  • Lack of communication
  • Redundant approvals
  • Extra copies, excess information
  • Undefined customer requirements
  • “Stop-gap” measures that become part of the process
  • Lack of reuse / recycling

Read more…

Six Sigma makes you look at your processes, and calamities such as Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) test your processes.

Filed under: Philippines, Processes, Six Sigma, Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana)

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