When I ran the 'lean process improvement' program we'd look at opportunities to eliminate many types of waste. Bringing people together we'd begin by flowcharting the process. Often people who worked together daily would look at each other and state "you do that?" Communication, documentation, the correct tools and resources and a commitment to continually measuring and improving the process was the desired outcome. The left did not know what the right was doing.
Years ago I worked in manufacturing. I did stuff. Running turret lathes, automated drilling machines, punch presses and large power shears were my deal. As per the union contract the company was to provide certain supplies like aprons, safety glasses (no hearing protection in those days) and gloves. The guy who handed out gloves would only give out a new pair if both gloves were worn out.
I was reminded of him today. As a predominantly left-handed but somewhat ambidextrous worker the wear patterns make no sense but this is how all my gloves wear. It would be nice to partner up with someone with the opposite wear pattern. Back in the 'plant' the simple fix would have been to hand out 'left' or 'right' or 'both.' It was not the only manufacturing plant in the US with the same wear patterns.
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