‘Which of our efforts are value-creating and which are wasteful?’ is the question at the heart of lean manufacturing. It is the first question any lean manufacturing trainee is taught to ask. Lean principles are derived from the Japanese manufacturing industry and are most famously promoted through Toyota. There principles are called The Toyota Way and The Toyota Production System. Key to these are the reduction of three types of waste: muda (虚無僧, non-value-adding work), muri (無理, overburden), and mura (斑, unevenness).
Operations Management is all about understanding and improving processes. While it’s mostly associated with manufacturing, it is a discipline that is applicable to and useful for almost any process - including making toast!
“Women are great at multi-tasking” - I’m sure you’ve heard that a thousand times. I’ve said that myself on many occasions. The ability to multi-task is assumed to be a positive trait, a more productive way of working. As women we often balance family and career, the office and the household, and it seems like we have multiple plates spinning at any one time. But keeping these plates spinning is not easy, and can lead us to become stressed and tired. Here’s my thoughts on why we should ditch the multi-tasking model, and embrace single-tasking as the new way forward in being more productive both at work and at home.
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