Friday, October 31, 2008

Funny Video Friday - 10/31/08

What race is that guy? Enjoy the inter-ethnic comedy of Dan Nainin.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quick and Easy Kaizen #10 - Bank account nicknames

Quick and Easy Kaizen is an improvement that you can easily do for yourself that improves a process by improving quality, saving time, and so forth. The book, The Idea Generator, by Norm Bodek addresses quick and easy Kaizen and I have been practicing this technique at work for some time. Using the ideas from Norm's book, I have added improvements at home and here are some that have made my life better but didn't require that much time and effort to implement.

#10 - Bank account nicknames

We have several bank accounts under our families names and before nicknaming them, it was hard to remember which belonged to whom. The only way I could know for sure is to open each account and look at the deposits because our kids each work for different organizations. Then I dicovered the easy way with online banking to rename them for each child. Man, what a nice feature when you have four kids and I made points with my wife. Nice.

Before: Bank account numbers were confusing, time lost due to sorting.

After: Nicknamed online accounts with each person's name for easier identification.

Benefit: Faster processing, less searching, time saved and reduced mistakes when transferring money around.

What have you improved today?

Dan Lafever

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Root canals

Well, I'm back and comfortably numb. I had a root canal today which has certainly made me think about improving the process of my home dental healthcare program. These will be a kaizen or two come out of that but I will start this week again with regular posts.

Thank you for your patience!

Dan Lafever, Kaizeneer

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Coming soon

New internet up and running. Will start posting again tomorrow. Thank you for your patience!