lean exercise

A nice Ice breaker to start a lean training session

Guess who?

This works well in bigger groups, and also groups that know each other relatively well.

Ask people to write on a single ’post-it’ note, 3 things about themselves that they think nobody else would know.

A twist on this is ask for 2 true and 2 false statement. tell the group to keep the statements secret and do all they can to hide their identity, perhaps disguise their writing.

Give a few minutes then you collect the ‘post-it notes’, mix them up and stick to a wall.

Pick a few and read them out, the group have to collectively decide on who they think it is. If correct the post gets moved to one side, if incorrect remains on the wall. Of course the person who’s ‘post-it’ note is being read out must not give the game away.

The key is – just pick a few at random. You can also save a few for later in the day.

You will find that people will just go and look at the wall during the breaks. Then when you wish to focus the group and the start of the next session simple read a few more out.  Keep returning to the ‘Post-its’ that have not been guessed in order, slowly eliminating them as the group guess the identity of the person who wrote the note. Some times a small prize like a chocolate bar adds an incredible amount of competition !

Some of the answers can be really revealing. I once had a person who did dry stone brick walling as a hobby and even one person who was in the Circus for a short time.



Standing in a Circle

Here’s a simple way of getting you team leaders to see the waste in their area, based on a technique used by Taiichi Ohno.

Give them a sheet with the titles of the seven wastes on it.

Draw a circle on the floor with a piece of chalk (or simply make a spot it that’s not practical)

Ask them to turn off mobile phones and radios

Then ask them to ‘stand in the circle’ for 10 minutes and observe the operation, looking for examples of each of the wastes. get them to write down what they see.

Then ask them to come and explain what they have seen. Once they have done this, ask them to fix just one!

Keep repeating this over a few weeks, this will start to condition individuals to look at their areas in a different way. It’s amazing how much they will see.

Simple but effective