Saturday morning is both family time and work time, that equals learning time.

American Writer by Pietro Savo







With our busy schedules, making time, for all family functions is difficult. On this Saturday, I attended my daughter’s middle school cheerleading competition. Pinkerton Academy High School gym wooden bleacher, were fun to sit on, for two hours; honest. I watched nineteen different cheerleading squads from all over New Hampshire perform their well-rehearsed routines; it occurred to me that the performance resembled a well-planned manufacturing production line. The cheerleading squad process flow was almost perfect; each school team would line up to perform right on “queue“; with a sense of perfect harmony.

The process flow had no wasted moments it was indeed a well-thought-out production process. What was also very evident, the squads that performed visually, with smooth flowing progressive steps in their routine, received the highest competition scores. Squads that had visible breaks in their routine, with no clear flow had lower competition scores. The same visibility perception process is evident in a manufacturing production product that flows smoothly through the production system, cost less to make, and quality is better resulting in greater profits.

Who would have thought, a Saturday morning spent at a middle school cheerleading competition could become a manufacturing learning opportunity? A learning opportunity when applied to any business encourages business success quantifiable in a series of three steps.

1. The first step would be to focus on the visual aesthetics of the routine in your production system. Is this process flow visually pleasing, does it appear to flow smoothly through your production system, with little to no brakes between steps in the process flow?

2. The second part is studying the brakes in the production process routine. The production flows through your system, study the process brakes. Always target your process adjustments that promote smooth process step transitions.

3. The third part is looking for the first two parts being less than perfect. These results are visible in the form of large piles of uncompleted work in process, or signs of noticeable quantities of scrap and rework. Unfinished work, scrap, and rework are not cost effective means for your business, and always negatively impact the bottom line.

What else I discovered on this Saturday morning is that family time and work time equals learning time. To produce positive aesthetic routines in business results in a positive impact of your bottom-line. In addition, that the lessons you learn throughout your workday, throughout your family day can be applied to either, and are interchangeable. Live, learn and make a difference, the American Writer!

by AMERICAN WRITER Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011


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About Dr. Pietro Savo

Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo is a Principal Consultant with over 28 years of diverse experience in Business Strategy Improvement (BSI), Leadership Development, Operations, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Material Management, Supply Chain, Union Shop and consulting environments. Pietro created the term Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ as the foundation for his Doctoral thesis dedicated to improving the United States Manufacturing Industry.  Dr. Savo has lectured at, Boeing Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Northup Grumman, Raytheon and United Technologies on various subjects such as Lean Thinking, Leadership, Team Building, Quality Systems ISO Registrar Selection and Root Cause Analysis. Taught Root Cause Analysis for American Society for Quality (ASQ). Customized Training Specialties Leadership & Culture & Conflict Resolution Made Simple Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Problem Solving & Mistake-Proof It! Lean Manufacturing & The 6S's: Workplace Organization Evolving Quality Systems ISO 9001:2000/AS 9100:2000 Industry Evolution Building Business with the United States Government and Prime Contractors New Project Bidding Team Improvement Training “Know Your Front End” Published: Root Cause Analysis System for Problem Solving and Problem Avoidance Published: PERFECTION - 10 Secrets to Successful Lean Manufacturing Implementation. United States Navy Veteran View all posts by Dr. Pietro Savo

One response to “Saturday morning is both family time and work time, that equals learning time.

  • Liane

    Pete, you are such an insightful person and naturally blend quality time with family and business processes… Unfortunately, not everyone has your keen skills and tend to overlook the obvious. While all the cheerleading squads were synchronized to perfection with their routines, I could assure you that there were many reconfigurations to the choreography of their routines. Just like in business, when defining efficient workflows and processes, there may need to be several readjustments until the flow is seamless and the efficiency of the process brings the company the projected return on investment. Even with this shared knowledge, there are still organizations running inefficiently and do not see the big picture. They are overly concerned with profit margins that they overlook the need to invest a percentage of time and money into restructuring or developing more appropriate processes and workflows. Could you imagine how productive our society would be if everyone assessed the steps of progression before moving forward?

    Thank you for sharing your weekend learning and knowledge! I’m glad you are able to spend time with your family, which is something that is often neglected by over-worked individuals. My weekend of family time included our joint-effort in cleaning grout and scrubbing tiles; team work and togetherness, which saved us $800 (outside quote)and brought us additional bonding time (priceless). Gee, that would make a good commercial as well…(lol)

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