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Sammy Obara: PDCA is the missing element

By Samuel Obara, - Last updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a comment

I’m not sure we are not doing anything about it.  But perhaps what we are
doing is not working.  Perhaps the PDCA element is missing.
As people say, the problems of today are all solutions from yesterday.

One example is the home ownership catastrophe.  Smart people created several
avenues to allow millions of people to buy their own home.   Home ownership
was solved for people who otherwise would never afford to buy those
much-more-than-I-can-afford-mansions.  Those smart people were celebrated by
the home buyers, builders, banks, and even the US government.   The great
solution for home ownership almost became the great depression of the
century.
Perhaps it is not that we are not doing anything about it, but many times it
is that what we are doing is not working.   (or worse, it is contributing to
the deterioration).

In the corporate setting, some companies, perhaps most of them, have smart
managers who can generate solutions quicker than ever before.  They are
supported by latest technology and all types of consultants.
They can come up with fixes so fast  that they forget to understand the
problem and its causes.  The availability of tools today is so vast that
they make us forget what caused the problem in the first place.

That resistance to adopt lean that many companies have, sometimes comes from
the perception that lean is not for them.   Indeed, there is plenty of
examples of failed adoption of lean, I guess in each of them, there is the
missing PDCA element.

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