Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mistake Proofing – The Foul Pole in Baseball

What is mistake proofing?  Well, mistake-proofing to me (poka-yoke is the japanese term generally associated with this) is to make it impossible for someone to make a mistake.  Let’s talk about what mistake-proofing is NOT.  It is NOT dumb-proof, since if we use this term (“dumb-proof”), we are implying people are dumb.  One of the tenets of lean is Respect for People, or, as the Shingo Model calls it “Respect Every Individual” and, as such, we do not point fingers at people, but instead look at Continue reading →