There is not much time left in our contest for the best examples of everyday lean. The contest will continue running until the end of May. We are looking for the best examples of lean in our everyday lives – from home, from traffic, from the store…anywhere. The best submission will win a copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Lean. You can check out the book at Amazon.com including 16 reader comments, as well as free content and more at http://www.hitchhikersguidetolean.com/. If you have an idea on everyday lean, please submit it using this form. Here are two submissions from our readers:
Submission 1 (this one covers a lot of ground):
A couple of suggestions for the Everyday Lean topic, these related to Lean at home.
* The dual alarm clock can help in a couple of ways. The typical use would be to reduce from 2 alarm clocks to one for a couple. I actually use it to keep 2 alarm times set because I frequently need to get a slightly earlier start in the day and don't need to continually set the alarm back and forth.
* One could turn the water on for the shower before they get in there to allow the water to heat up and do something productive for the minute or two the water is getting up to temperature.
* Installing sunlight, time and/or motion sensors to light fixtures to have lights turn on only when they are needed and eliminates the problem of forgetting to turn them on or off.
* Installing some sort of guard on the gutters can help prevent them from getting clogged up with leaves, etc. saving the trouble of cleaning them out if they get blocked. (True root cause problem solving would probably take it one step further back and cut down all trees in the area so that leaves aren't created in the first place, but in my case that's not an option.)
Submission 2 (this one is bound to draw some comments, but the example is sound):
Once example of mistake proofing that I like in real life is how birth control pills are packaged. Instead of getting them in a bottle, they are either in a dispenser or in a card with the days of the week so you can easily tell if you have taken the pill for the day or not. You are also on the medication for 21 days and then wait a week to start them up again and the manufacturers provide placebo pills at the bottom to keep you in the habit of taking them every day.
Did you like this post? Make sure you don't miss a post or podcast — Subscribe to get notified about posts via email daily or weekly.
Check out my latest book, The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation: