As a keen practitioner of Lean management, the prospect of hosting a Lean Sensei with 40 years of experience is a humbling opportunity. I was fortunate enough to experience this last week when a Toyota group Sensei, let’s call him Sensei-san, visited Perth. Sensei-san has worked in the Toyota group in the US, Australia, UK, Czech Republic and Japan.
Last month I blogged about how to look at the world with curiosity.
Why is this also important for a business? Let’s look at a business that is NOT curious. It gains no new knowledge and there is no innovation, which will lead to decline and eventually ‘extinction’. Darwin showed this to us a long time ago in the evolutionary sense and it also applies to companies. Many get stuck with what they do well and eventually fail because they are not sufficiently curious.
The humble Post-it notes have become a central part of operations here at Ozgene. They are used in our value stream maps, timeline walls, huddle boards, FMEA analyses, and also occasionally to indicate a problem with the coffee machine. Ozgene’s walls essentially resemble Post-it themed wallpaper. We have the Post-it usage down to a fine art, from colour coding to how to peel them off the notepad so that they don’t curl.
The team at Ozgene has over two decades of experience creating customised knockout and knock-in mice for pivotal medical research globally. Over 350 scientific publications are based on research using Ozgene mice.