What’s limiting your shop’s productivity?

People can only be as productive as the business (management) system lets them be. They may be less productive, but unless they figure out a way around the barriers management has set up, the system determines the limit. For example, if parts room...


  • Defects in the business system – like needing permission from a supervisor who is rarely in the shop or accessible.
  • Stockroom being set up incorrectly.
  • Odd layout decisions – like store rooms in other buildings.
  • Decisions around stocking of hard-to-get parts.
  • Lack of tools and equipment.
  • Lack of manuals or other documents.

Once you see where the facts are pointing, you have insight into trying to fix the problem.

Keep track of your experiments. Because whether they work or not, you know something you didn’t know before.

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