Makoto Consulting Articles

Business productivity

COVID Compliant Business Part 1: Physical Distancing

Physical distancing can be daunting! So how can we implement this without reducing our productivity?   So far we’ve probably just muddled our way through. However, through the implementation of a methodology like 5S we can successfully apply the practice of physical distancing, without reducing our capacity to a great extent. 5S as a methodology…

Read More
Process mapping provides your team with direction

Process Mapping Remotely Part 4

Okay! So we’re up to part four of process mapping remotely with your team; who has been scattered to the four winds due to COVID-19.   We’ve discussed the first steps of mapping: Identify the gaps in your process Understand your voice of customer Figure out the boundaries of the process Determine your sequence steps…

Read More

Process Mapping Remotely Part 3

Okay, so we’re up to part three of process mapping when your team is working remotely.   We’ve looked at why we need to process map, particularly at this time of working in isolation or without key personnel in place, as well as the software and hardware we need to effectively facilitate your remote process…

Read More

Process Mapping Remotely Part 2

Okay, so it’s understood that the creation of process maps for your business is an absolute must right now. But how are you going to do this while working remotely?   The first thing that you need to do to get prepared to process map remotely is to familiarise yourself with WebEx, Zoom or whatever…

Read More

Process Mapping Remotely Part 1

Today I want to check in with you in these new and different times we are dealing with. Let’s open up the discussion around the importance of process mapping in your business. Now, more than ever, as we are self-isolating, working remotely from home, or perhaps working with teams in the office week about, do…

Read More

Remote Work and Training

Like most of us at the moment, I’m keeping an eye on the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation.   However, I’m going to maintain a strong focus on business continuity, whilst adhering to social distancing requirements and reducing or removing physical interactions from the workplace. Training is an element of business that has the potential to…

Read More

Standard Work for Continuity

So, who knew social distancing and self-isolation would become a necessity and way of operating here in Australia? In light of this development, I wanted to look at how to maintain the momentum and productivity of your business, particularly if you have key personnel or parts of your team who are at home self-isolating. A…

Read More

Social Distancing and Lean

So, what a time. It’s a constantly moving situation for business continuity due to COVID-19.   I hope some of these comments will assist you a little with helping to keep your business running nicely, despite the current challenges. I have produced some fairly long videos in the last couple of weeks addressing the need…

Read More

Map Your Future

Looking forward, on your value stream mapping journey, I want to talk about mapping a future state.   It’s important to recognise that your business needs to have some level of a target or goal that you want it to hit.  This is the purpose of mapping a future state. It’s relatively easy to identify…

Read More

The Big Picture

Let’s take another look at the importance of value stream mapping your business. The principle idea of generating a value stream map being to keep it simple and capture valuable information about your process.   How to perceive a challenge When looking to identify consistent data around your processes in the absence of a repeatable…

Read More