Saturday, 14 April 2018

5 Problem-solving keys for successful operational control

This may sound familiar to you: you and the team are running a problem-solving program in the company's operations, and manage to solve the problem at that time. But not for some time since the program end, the same signs of occurrence of the problem began to show up. Finally the problem really reappears and you and the team have to repeat the same troubleshooting activity. Over time you feel that the problems that arise become multiply.

If it starts to upset you, there's nothing wrong with listening to this article, because Jason Piatt, an expert on Lean Six Sigma, shares how to develop successful resolutions with permanent and sustainable results.

Partial Troubleshooting

When we perform problem-solving activities , there are many possibilities that can cause the solution we apply to be done only partially, so the problem occurs again and again, with mutations that may vary so we feel the problem must be solve so much.

By targeting and correcting the really basic issues that cause all these problems to occur, we will have 2 advantages:

  • It can save the energy and resources use to solve all the problems on the surface by clearing the root of the problem.

  • Create sustainable improvements in the organization.

To improve problem-solving skills, the operations team should be adequately train and assist to find corrective actions that are permanent outcomes for each problem.

Problem-solving keys to Success in Problem-Solving

Piatt describes some of the keys that can be consider when performing activities or programs alleviation problems are:


    It is easy for us to 'get stuck' in an activity that only removes the symptom, but the root of the problem is not even touch. If you have a delivery problem, it's not enough just to shout, "Never late to send!" To your staff to erase the problem to its root. Instead of just looking at the problems that are scatter around you, you should ask "Why?" And dig into the core that causes the problem to occur. The root of the problem may be one thing, some things, or some thing that interacts with other issues that exist in the operation.


    If we simply eliminate one root problem from a problem that has multiple causes, then do not expect that problem you can get rid of. The roots of other problems will come back 'making trouble' and even modifying the problem into a new form that can be identify as a different problem. In the root cause analysis activity we must identify all the root causes and develop a plan to eliminate them all to ensure problems will never arise.


    Once an operational issue is identify, the problem must be 'held back' to stop the resulting harm. Awareness will increase and those who feel the loss of the problem work together to identify a short-term strategy to ensure the problem does not spread, while a permanent corrective action is formulate and develop. Unfortunately, much of the time, the problem-solving (or temporary 'containment' containment ) is being left too long, while other issues emerge. Do not let this happen! Immediately do a permanent problem solving and do not let this detention take too long.


    When a problem has been solve in operation. It is highly recommend to periodically assess the resolution to ensure that the problem has been completely eradicate.  The analysis (which is done after the problem-solving program is complete) should also be done to find out why everything that works properly will bring effectiveness, and the wrong things will cause ineffectiveness. Honesty and the ability to focus on the process will greatly determine the effectiveness of this analysis.


    Another possible trend is that we do problem-solving activities. Knowing the potential problems to re-occur, we will create an antidote system that will distract the reappearance. Remember that sometimes the cycle-time require to construct a solution is longer than the frequency of occurrence of the problem itself. That is, when the problem is resolve. The modify process, another problem will occur (and escape the containment strategy), especially if not all root-causes are identify. In this case, it is very important to identify what problems arise due to the failure of 'detention'.  What problems arise because the new process fails to fulfill its function. Focusing on the root cause of the failure is urgently need for final resolution.

By doing a problem-solving action carefully. We will be able to consistently improve profitability and create more output with fewer resources. It is important to perform effective problem-solving activities, every time!

Mathematical Problem Solving Example 01
Mathematical Problem Solving Example 01

Actual Problem solving examples in the workplace - Problem Solving Examples 02

Basic Problem solving cycle
Problem solving cycle

 7 step practical problem solving process
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