Kaizen Sunday

super-bowl-50The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some an unofficial American national holiday, is called “Super Bowl Sunday”. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most-watched American television broadcast of the year.

I call this day “Kaizen Sunday” because it’s Time over Money…. A model time study. How does Football relate to your business? Standardized work is one of the most powerful but least used lean tools. By documenting the current best practice, standardized work forms the baseline for kaizen or continuous improvement. As the standard is improved, the new standard becomes the baseline for further improvements, and so on.

In comparison with Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers are about 3 1/2 hours or 100 commercials away for a Super Bowl Ring… “It’s not that different from a business, its a game of intense activity around a lot of people getting ready for the next play.”

A typical NFL play lasts about six seconds and is followed by replays.

Super Bowl 50 broadcast on FOX broke down as follows:

  • Ball in play – 17 minutes, 30 seconds
  • Replays – 23:46
  • Field, ball not live – 72:00
  • Commercials – 48:34
  • Network promos – 7:30
  • Halftime show – 12:28
  • Halftime report – 4:52
  • Miscellaneous – 16:37

The understanding of how long it takes your business to complete a task is equality important. I hope everyone is using a good quality stopwatch. When performing cycle time studies, it’s critical that you can store some history on your stopwatch. You don’t want to break the cycle every time to record and reset. Believe me, a good quality stop watch goes a long way.

Before timing, observe and list the work elements required to produce one element. Then observe and define the actual time required for each individual work element.

Timing Tips

  • Collect real times at the process.
  • Position yourself so you can see the operator’s hand motions.
  • Time each work element separately.
  • Time several cycles of each work element.
  • Observe an operator who is qualified to perform the job.
  • Always separate operator time and machine time.
  • Select the lowest repeatable time for each element.
  • Remember shop floor courtesy.

Super Bowl 50 game will be a timed, 60 minute dual, and or about 11 minutes of actual playing time. Not very productive for a business model but its shows a great point. Introduce standardization techniques to improve:

  • Training
  • Waste elimination
  • Sustainability of improvements
  • Predictability of results

Super Bowl Sunday is a kaizen event, no matter how you break it down. So cheer on your favorite team, share your favorite dish and think about how the game relates to your business.  As I always say “It’s all about time, continuous improvement and a team, a group of people working towards a common goal”. Enjoy the Game… Good luck Panthers and KEEP POUNDING!