Bill makes a good point that “lean” solutions don't always have to involve fancy technology or spending money. I agree that quick, simple solutions based on materials you have on hand can be very rewarding to a team. Let's think about being part of a kaizen event. If your team has an idea for improving something, is it more rewarding to wait for 3-4 weeks for something to arrive from a catalog, or to put a fix in place right now?
I think it's also worth emphasizing Bill's point that you should be fixing problems. I often times run into co-workers who want to “push” technology. “Wouldn't it be helpful if we put in RFID scanners?” they'll ask. My response usually is “What is the existing process? Can we improve the existing process (or define it) and put other error proofing in place without the technology?”
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