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Who would have thought that Stickle Bricks could be so complicated?

Tesco’s Future Farmers Workshop

 

At the start of June, we had the great pleasure, alongside Weetabix, of working with 20 Tesco’s Future Famers for a one day Lean Workshop.

Remember building with Stickle Bricks as a child? The Future Farmers spent the morning replicating a production line assembling stickle bricks to meet customer demand, delivering a good quality product, on time, to a very discerning customer.

Two very competitive teams took on the challenge, and from the off they showed great enthusiasm, energy and volume. Despite this, both teams failed to deliver even one good product on time to their very patient customer, with both teams making a heavy financial loss.

The good news is that the game is designed to encourage continuous improvement. I am pleased to say that both teams made small incremental changes resulting in delivery of the required good quality product to the customer and recovery of all of their financial losses. By the end of the game, they had both made a decent cumulative profit, their ‘factories’ were more streamlined, the noise levels had dropped, and the individuals felt that they weren’t working as hard as they had to at the start. If only every production line were like this.

The true beauty of the game is that, by the end, each participant can identify examples of each of the 7 Wastes even though they may never have heard of the 7 Wastes beforehand.

The afternoon gave the Future Farmers the opportunity to see production and continuous improvement in action. Kindly hosted by Weetabix, they followed the production process of the iconic brand from grain to box.

The day culminated in group discussions on how the learnings from the day could be applied directly within their own farms.

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