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30 11, 2018

Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing

By |2018-12-11T10:42:08+00:00November 30th, 2018|Corrective Action, Error Proofing, Process Improvement|Comments Off on Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing

Escaping Reactive World – Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Click here to register for this course at the 2019 TapRooT® Summit on March 11-12, 2019 Why Do the Same Problems Keep Coming Back? Errors happen daily. Fortunately, our work system safeguards usually prevent [...]

30 09, 2018

Our Industrial Engineer Survivor

By |2018-10-31T12:06:52+00:00September 30th, 2018|Process Improvement, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Industrial Engineer Survivor

Our Industrial Engineer Survivor by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems After returning home from a week of teaching in Calgary, I was catching up on the first episode of Survivor: David vs. Goliath that had been recorded earlier in the week. The first show of the 37th Survivor season began as usual – two tribes battling [...]

18 08, 2018

How Many Processes?

By |2018-11-21T07:42:52+00:00August 18th, 2018|Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Ergonomics, Process Improvement|Comments Off on How Many Processes?

How Many Processes? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How many processes do you have in your organization? On the surface, this seems like a fairly simple question to answer. If you try answering it yourself however, you might find that it is pretty tough to come up with an answer that you [...]

29 07, 2018

Recipes for Risk Reduction

By |2018-11-21T07:32:24+00:00July 29th, 2018|Error Proofing, Process Improvement, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Recipes for Risk Reduction

Recipes for Risk Reduction By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Rarely do I come across organizations that are not interested in minimizing the risk of their operations. At the same time, I consistently come across people who underestimate the types of systemic changes that are needed to actually realize and sustain such a [...]

3 04, 2018

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

By |2018-11-21T07:44:24+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Several years ago, I contributed a chapter to a John Wiley textbook on loss prevention engineering methods. My chapter focused on conducting effective incident investigations, which includes evidence collection. I also find that a lot of my TapRooT® root cause analysis [...]

5 03, 2018

Tag Them All?

By |2018-11-21T04:49:12+00:00March 5th, 2018|Process Improvement, Safety Systems, Technology|Comments Off on Tag Them All?

Tag Them All? - Exploring RFID Application By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems This post is taken from a chapter from Kevin’s book Error Proof – How to Stop Daily Goofs for Good. The book can be purchased in both e-book and hard copy form from Amazon.com. I came across the Celebration Health [...]

15 06, 2017

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness

By |2018-11-21T03:56:30+00:00June 15th, 2017|Measurement, Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|0 Comments

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Recently, I received a great e-mail question from one of my TapRooT® root cause analysis course participants. His question was basic, but meaningful. “What are your thoughts on measuring investigation process effectiveness?” he asked. He went on to explain that he wanted my [...]

1 06, 2017

How Confusing are Your Equipment Controls?

By |2018-11-21T04:11:12+00:00June 1st, 2017|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|0 Comments

Confusing Controls by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems In the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Rocket Raccoon is desperately trying to make sure that Baby Groot detonates a nuclear device correctly. If Baby Groot is successful, he just might help save the galaxy once again. If he fails, all could be [...]

25 05, 2017

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

By |2018-11-21T04:08:12+00:00May 25th, 2017|Front Line Supervision, Process Improvement, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One of the key reasons people make mistakes is that they don’t follow the rules. There are multiple reasons to explain why people break the rules, but we all too often fail to effectively address them to improve rule compliance, let [...]

30 04, 2017

The Real Lean Upside

By |2018-11-21T04:16:40+00:00April 30th, 2017|Customer Amazement, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement|Comments Off on The Real Lean Upside

Experiencing the Real Lean Upside By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One way to shoot me off on a lengthy rant is to bring up the lean six sigma subject in conversation. Why does this topic touch such a nerve with me? It’s not because I disagree with the concepts. In fact, I [...]

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