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New templates for

Process Analysis

Whats New?

Process Analysis tools

In the past few months, Systems2win has released several new templates
to make Process Analysis:

  1. Easier
  2. More teachable and repeatable

In this newsletter, we highlight 3 of those new templates.

Process Analysis

The first template is named (cleverly enough)

the Process Analysis template.

Process Analysis template

Your Process Analysis template
makes it extremely easy to:

  1. Simply hide and unhide
    popular lean metrics

    (already pre-programmed
    with correct math)

  2. Use everything you know about familiar Microsoft Excel to add unlimited user-defined metrics

    (optionally using really easy copy & paste pre-programmed formulas that will fit 98% of any custom lean metrics you might choose)


Muda Observation

The second template is even easier.

Simply print it, and then use it to ensure that you are looking for the right things when you:

Muda Observation template
  1. Stand in a Circle

    to observe the waste
    happening around you

  2. Do a waste walk

    to observe the waste
    happening around you


Takt Time Calculator

The third template
featured this month

is the new Takt Time Calculator.

Takt Time Calculator

Everyone knows the basic formula
for how to calculate takt time:

Takt Time =
Work Time Available / Customer Demand

but if you ask six team members to calculate Takt Time, it wouldn't be uncommon to get five different answers.


1) Because 'Work Time Available'
isn't a single number.

There are many factors that could (should) be considered, and it is very common to neglect or forget some of them.

Your Takt Time Calculator makes your source data and assumptions very visible.

(and very coachable for repeatable, consistent correct calculation by every team member every time)

2) Because 'Demand"
often isn't a single number.

And again, your Takt Time Calculator makes all of your possible sources of demand very visible, auditable, and coachable for consistent standardized results.

Pitch Calculator

Takt Time tells you how many units to expect will come out the end of your pipe line...

on average...

In reality, if you sat there with your clipboard and stop watch, you would be wearing out your calculator trying to manually calculate the average seconds per unit (or units per minute)...

because things usually get produced in clumps; not one at a time.

What are those clumps?

That's what 'Pitch' tells you.

Pitch = the pace at which work is released, 
and moves through the value stream.

Pitch = Takt Time * Pitch Batch Size

As soon as you and your team
learn more about Pitch,

you will soon realize that any Takt Time Calculator that does not also correctly calculate Pitch

is a Takt Time Calculator that you and your team will find to be of very limited value.

Once you know what it is,
Pitch is usually a more useful number
than Takt Time.


Why Reinvent?

Why pay your (many) team members to explain (and re-explain) to each other...

"How did you come up with that number?"

"Which takt time calculator did you use?"

"How did you modify it?" (to overcome the factors that it failed to consider)

Why not train your people to always use the the same consistent Takt Time Collector in the same consistent ways that always consider ALL of the factors relevant to YOUR Takt Time and Pitch?



Learn more



Why re-invent?

Why re-invent?


Personalize them

And yes, of course, like every one of your other Systems2win Excel templates,

your Takt Time Calculator, Muda Observation Form, and Process Analysis template can be easily personalized

in ways that your personalizations are automatically found and transferred to your new master templates as you upgrade over the years.

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October, 2016 issue