Sometimes the simplest Lean concepts can make all the difference in identifying areas for improvement.

Take the humble spaghetti diagram used to plot the path taken by a product as it travels through the steps along a value stream. The visual tool enables teams to identify redundancies and wasted in a process flow.

A visit to the Gemba (where the work is done), a simple drawing and you’ve got your spaghetti chart.

A recent example of an organisation that had such an experience is Henna Street Framers, a Victorian based bespoke framing company.  As a part of their Lean journey, one of the first steps was to create a spaghetti chart of the assembly process for framing.

spaghetti diagram

As you can probably imagine from looking at the actual hand drawn image, it was clear that there were a number of bottle necks, as well as double handling of product throughout the manufacturing process.  With this information under their belts, Ella and the manufacturing team overhauled the layout of the assembly area while focusing on flow, elimination of waste and standard work, amongst other improvements.

The results speak for themselves – in just 12 months the team have reduced their lead time for production from 8-12 weeks, to under 4 weeks.  Thanks in no small part to a deceptively basic lean practice that anyone can use.

I have loved working with the team @Henna Street Framers and am so proud of the positive transformation Ella has delivered.

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