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March 09, 2009

Craft Production and Six Sigma and Lean

Apart from mass production and lean production discussed in Louis's blog I came across this production method. Its is a higly flexible production method. It is basically a few skilled people working on a product and custom make it for the customer (For example make the car more decorative). It can be quite expensive and the out put less compared to lean and mass production. My professor in my previous school told me that mass production started in US. It was practised by General Motors. Lean started in Japan and is practised by Toyota. Craft Production originates from Europe. I really like the idea of Craft prodction. In India I do see some traces of Craft Prodution. Its practised by this person D. Chabaria. He customizes a car for the customer. He is highly successful in following craft production. I think  six sigma can be applied to craft production also. Some processes in craft production too might be standarised. In those processes six sigma can be applied. Six six sigma can be applied to mass production too. The DMAIC circle can be applied too. But I think its most effective with Lean.


Team work and Innovation and Recognition

I realised today that rewarding a person for innovating is definately not a good idea. Its is better to recognize the person instead. One of the points mentioned that sometimes for innovating team work is important as people can build on each others ideas. One can recognize each individual for the team work. But rewarding each team member could get very expensive for the company. In this case the company might opt for rewarding the person who innovated the most, who probably would have just build on some one elses idea. This could kill the spirit of team work. The others could also feel left out and feel treated unfairly. They would them probably try to keep their ideas to them selves and not shre as there would be no motivation. It could also lead to competition arising among team members which would ruin the effective communication process which is required in an organisation. Lack of communication is against knowledge management. Therefore recognizing the enitre team is better than just rewarding one person.


Stress and Innovation

Today in class I was talking about how stress and innovation are not the best of friends but at the same time they cannot do without each. I mean some amount of stress is needed. There is good stress and there is bad stress. The good stress is called Eu-stress. If a person is completely stress out then he wont be able to innovate as he/she will be mentally exhausted. Good stress is required as in certain deadlines or time frame. If there is none of it then the person will be completely laid back which might hinder his innovation capabilities as well.

Stress was not even mentioned under our environment posted. I randomly thought of if. Quite Innovative right?? One of the reasons I realised is that Paul has made this module stress free. There is good stress in terms of certain deadlines such as blogging which actually help me become more reflective as well as innovative.

Well I agree with Aykut that innovation is required at all levels. I was under the impression that only marketing and research and development need to be innovative but later as Paul told us that even a production manager can be more innovative. He could also come up with an Idea which could help the product. Say you are the manufacturer of the chocolate company. May be a production manager could come up with innovative ideas of addiing different flavours without changing the process of production.


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