Validate is the next step in your ItIsEasy roadmap. This is where the rubber hits the road. When I work with people, they are always anxious to get to this step. Why you ask? Because now is the time to implement on a small scale what you have proven out will be your solution.
In order you work on your solution you must: test, check your results, learn and reset. My advice is always try something on a small scale before going to big! Remember what our goal is? Our goal is efficiency! Let’s jump right in…
Photo Credit: Carol Gonzalez
Wow. That’s about how I would summarize my missions trip to Belle Glade this past week. There are a few key things I learned while on my trip…
It is amazing the difference one zip code can make in stark comparisons. On one end of Palm Beach County you have one of the richest zip codes in the nation (East by the ocean). On the other end you have one of the poorest zip codes in all of Florida.
Belle Glade is a farming community with mostly migrant workers during harvest season. Others who live here year round are very poor, not knowing where their next meal will come from. It was eye opening for me to see that level of distress. You normally would go out and order enough food for you and your family and always have left overs. The people in Belle Glade were just happy to eat the burgers and meals my group of high schoolers made. They would sit and talk with us, and waited for their meals. Most would take some extra meals home for their families or neighbors.
Identify things you can do better. Analyze is about looking at the product or service you are providing and determining areas where you can make small improvements. These small improvements will reduce waste, rework, and valuable time. These “Lean” techniques are based on the Japanese Lean manufacturing, but I made them simple! Who doesn’t like simple? Here are my 5 secret tricks for you to consider, these will help you become more profitable by eliminating waste.
1 – What is the order?
Is the order of your process steps right for what you are trying to do? As an example, are you painting something and using it before it dries? Logic would say you would let it dry first. Do you seal an envelope and then write the check you are supposed to put in it? Silly example, but you will be surprised how many times I come across the silliest things like this.
Joeri Carty Photography Belle Glade 2015
Greetings to all, today is a different kind of post. Don’t worry I will pick up the ItIsEasy
again next week, but I think this is so important that I want to share it with you.
My question for you is: What are you doing to give back?
A famous person once said, that if you have a clenched fist you can’t receive what is coming to you, the open hand let’s things flow through you.
This week I am spending 6 days with middle and high school kids in a city west of where I live. We are going with our Student Ministries and working with the city’s youth. We are painting buildings, spreading mulch, doing sport camps for kids, and feeding the homeless. It is always my favorite week of the year I look forward to. It’s more rewarding than you can imagine. When I get back I am pumped, refreshed, and inspired (yes, even with that many kids running around J)
Why would you map something? You have to understand 3 basic things for everything you do:
- What is the input?
- What is the transformation?
- What is the output?
If you understand these 3 things you are one step closer to improving your business. The magic happens when you answer the 3 above questions. Why you might ask? Because you are looking at what you do from a process perspective. Over my years of doing process improvement for a living, many people didn’t understand all of their “stuff” as I call it. Let’s review them now.