As I lighten my workload a bit during my “Blog Break” in preparation for my family’s move to San Antonio, I thought new readers might want to check out my post from 2008 titled “A Home Kanban System – Toilet Paper & Paper Towels.” Do you utilize kanban at home?
Since we’re moving, I’m no longer buying a second huge warehouse club pack when we are down to one pack remaining. I’m buying smaller quantities so that there’s a reasonable amount of toilet paper in the house for the new owners, but without having tons of inventory. This is the equivalent to what a factory would call an “end of life” situation for a product… in this case, the end of the house’s life for us — on to a new house, where I’ll establish a new kanban system that’s appropriate to the size of the new place and the proximity to stores. See this comment about how we had modified the system for a small Boston apartment.
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.