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Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

Adopting a Systematic Approach to Problem Solving


Careful Analysis is Key to Finding the "Needle in the Haystack"

 
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When operational problems occur, one thing is certain – doing nothing guarantees that the situation will not improve and most likely will get worse. Oftentimes, the issues that negatively impact on operations are obscured by the routine of day-to-day business. There may be a general feeling or sense that operations could be improved, but fixing the situation is not so obvious and not yet a high priority.

What’s needed is a systematic approach. When poor performance is suspected, first investigate and collect data at the source of the problem. Make sure a specific problem isn’t a symptom of a still far greater problem perhaps more serious in nature. Sometimes it’s the subtle problems which sap the operation’s vitality. Dig deep. This sometimes requires outside help from an industry expert. Take enough time. Set a realistic schedule.

The following are specific actions that will assist in properly defining and improving operations ...

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Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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