Pulling Together: Introduction to Pull Systems & Kanban

When was the last time you pushed on a rope? Doesn't really make sense, right? Instead we immediately think "no, we should pull on a rope". Yet in many organizations our processes are designed to operate in a push manner. Once work is done it is pushed to the next operation, whether it is needed there or not. And much like trying to push on a rope, this manner of operating isn't a very effective way to get the outcomes we need to meet our customers' requirements.

Pushing material and information through processes results in lots of problems and non-value added activities. Sometimes there is too much materials and information, sometimes there is too little. And frequently, what is pushed is not even needed at all! Working this way can also have a negative impact on quality, cost, space, inventory and the ability to meet customer delivery dates.

In this 30-minute video you will be introduced to the concept of "pulling" work through processes while using "Kanban methods (signals) so customers and suppliers in a value stream can be effectively linked and synchronized in a simple, visual manner - providing a powerful way to match supply to demand to the right materials and information is always available.

In the video, push and pull systems are demonstrated using a simple poker chip and dice exercise (that you can easily replicate in your training class) that makes it easy to see the pros and cons of each method of operating.

You'll also see a variety of real world pull system and Kanban examples and hear from the employees who operate them. You'll learn about the benefits of implementing a pull system and Kanban methods and you will be introduced to the Six Rules of Kanban- a key to implementing a successful pull system!

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