OneThingLean is my idea of combining the best of Lean, Flow and Theory of Constraints. I think the following Eli Goldratt quote sums up my thoughts on this more than any words I could come up with;
“When I’m trying to improve a situation, I simply don’t see much point wasting time on small problems when I can solve the big ones. Much more return for basically the same effort.”
– Eli Goldratt
Although I have attempted to avoid using the word consulting for most of my working life, I have ended up doing a lot of it, and my beliefs are that if we spend our time dealing with the symptoms of a core problem rather than the identifying and dealing with the core problem, we will most likely get phantom improvements. Using the framework of OneThingLean, my objective when consulting with cabinetmakers, or any other small business owner is to find the constraint, then work the five step process of Theory of Constraints so we get the most return on the time, money and brain cells invested.
Born out of a ‘How Can I Help’ mindset, I have added this consulting item that is sold in 1 day increments. This Onsite Training/Coaching/Consulting can be on topics related to:
- 32mm System Engineering and/or Manufacturing
- Full Access Assembly and/or Installation
- Theory of Constraints
- Flow Manufacturing
- Custom Cabinet Estimator Estimating Software
- KCD Design Software
- Website Design, Optimization, Improvement, Management, SEO
- Project Management
- Time Management
- Asana, Trello, AirTable
- Computer Management (software, hardware, if I can’t help you, I know someone that can)
- Cloud Storage (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box)
- Microsoft Office 365
- Marketing/Sales (branding, Social Media, promotion)
…or anything else you think I can deliver value to you and your company on. Sometimes it’s just good to brainstorm with someone who has walked in your shoes.
You need to include enough time to travel to and from your facility in your timeline. If I am traveling locally, then 1 day increments are fine. If you are on the East Coast, then adding an extra day should be sufficient (1/2 day to get to you, 1/2 day to get home), if you are on the West Coast, or anywhere in the US that will require most of a day to travel to from Nashville, TN, then 2 addition days, beyond the days you want to spend together must be purchased.
Travel expenses will be billed for reimbursement after the training is complete.