Leading Lean: PDCA
In my Assembly Magazine monthly column Leading Lean, I chose to address in December one of my favorite topics, PDCA or Plan-Do-Check-Act. This is the practice of learning through improvement. I hope I did it justice, at least as much as can be done in 600 words. The column is titled The Little Engine that Could because PDCA is not the big sexy lean tool like kaizen or hoshin kanri. It's a simple concept, but one that if you keep chuggin' along with it, will deliver outstanding results.
I believe so strongly in the importance and value of learning PDCA effectively that we created a package to help people teach it. This is also our FIRST product intended to be off-the-shelf and by early estimates will be very popular with lean champions and educators all over. It is called The Mouse Trap Experience where we use the popular board game to explore the concepts of PDCA and experimentation. It comes with a PDF of the Participant Guide and full Facilitator Guide including setup and running instructions, along with all the materials needed. It's basically an out-of-the-box turn-key solution for teaching a 2.5-3 hour PDCA module. Let us know what you think – pick it up here.