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March 1st, 2016

There are some strange terms used in association with Lean as well as in modern life.  Here’s a few of the new words for 2015 that caught my attention:

  • hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
  • manspreading, n.: the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats
  • and…
  • lifehack, n.: A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. Uncommon solutions to common problems. Unusual ways of using everyday objects to make life easier. Simple and practical tips that may not be obvious.

This got me thinking that this life hack was more than just making life easier, but more error proofing. The method ensured that the Pilot would always pick up his wallet and passport as he would always require his uniform shoe. So, think life hack, think error proofing, think Poka-Yoke.

I recently heard a great travel tip that an Airline pilot used to ensure he never forgot his wallet and passport when leaving his hotel room.  He always placed one of his uniform shoes in the safe under his wallet and passport, therefore always picking up the items just before leaving.

So Poka-Yoke.. what is it? Click here to find out.

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