Aug 15 2017
Using videos to improve operations | Part 8 – Video Repositories
The seven articles I posted four years ago on the art of using videos to improve operations included no pointers on what to do with the videos once you have them. This concern may seem premature in a manufacturing world where video recordings of operations are still rare, process instructions are in dusty binders and obsolete, customization specs come in the form of all-uppercase text from a 30-year old dot matrix printer with a worn-out ribbon, engineering project records reside in individual employees’ laptops, and management expects IT issues to be resolved by implementing a new, all-in-one ERP system.
In everyday life, on the other hand, videos are already in common use to explain how to pry loose a stuck garbage disposal, remove a door lock, change a special bulb in car headlight, or neatly cut a mango into cubes. You just describe your problem in a Youtube search, and up come videos usually shot and narrated by handy amateurs, and sometimes pros. It is particularly useful for tasks involving motion with key points that are difficult to explain with words or still images. The manufacturing world will eventually catch up.
Nov 5 2018
Vade retro, Pareto ! | Cécile Roche | LinkedIn
“Vilfredo Pareto was a respected economist and sociologist, which few people know. He invented the theory of Pareto optimality, which describes a maximum efficiency of the competitive economy. Better known to the general public for his empirical law of 80/20 (in general, 20% of the causes generate 80% of the effects), his reputation is in reality often reduced to the use of the diagram of the same name (that he did not even invent!)
And that’s where things go wrong. I’m sure you know this famous diagram, the one where you stack problems in pre-labeled columns. Those who know me know that most of the time, these famous diagrams (actually invented by Joseph Juran) generate in me a reflex of distrust…”
Sourced from LinkedIn Pulse
Michel Baudin‘s comments: Cécile Roche’s article has a clever title that works in English as well as in French. The body of the article, however, is in French, and I recommend Google-translating it into the language of your choice. The result won’t be perfect but you will get the gist.
Her experience with Pareto diagrams confirms the points I have been making about them in this blog. I agree with Cécile’s conclusions that they are good for slides but not as drivers for actual change. On the other hand, I don’t believe it has to be that way and I see many practical uses for the analysis behind the diagrams, if not for the diagrams themselves.
By Michel Baudin • Blog clippings • 5 • Tags: Continuous improvement, Optimization, Pareto