“The Vivarium Operational Excellence Network enables institutions to achieve efficiency, empower teams, and develop a respectful Continuous Improvement culture.”
The Importance of Standard Work!
The Importance of Standard Work (2017, Rush, Envigo)
Standard work is the foundation for all improvements, yet some feel it restricts creativity and ingenuity and doesn't respect the worker. Some treat Standard Work as a "suggestion" allowing for personal interpretation and drift takes over. Before you know it, quality plummets and you find yourself in regulatory compliance quicksand.
Toyota has proven that Standard Work for all workers can open the floodgates for structured worker creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and incrementally improving quality.
Our friends at Envigo have submitted a compelling example of how Standard Work can improve quality and reduce errors; ultimately reducing costs, accelerating science and maintaining regulatory compliance.
HMW? The three words that can "unleash the hounds"
Stuck with a problem?
Have your teams ever jump to solutions?
What happens when the wrong solution is implemented?
Asking the right questions are freeing amidst uncertainty because they allow employees to mentally reset, and reframe a problem as an opportunity.
Click on the "H.M.W." to discover a proven approach to focusing your problem-solving efforts in a productive direction...
Submitted by Dr. Sai Tummala, OMRF
The VOE-Network is blessed with having hundreds of lean practitioners in every role group who have knowledge and experience on building a Continuous Improvement culture.
Whether you are a front-line technician, a curator, a manager, a Veterinarian, or a Director, we have members who can answer your questions and can share with you the mistake to avoid.
Ignite your program with tips and tricks.
Click on "Ask The Panel" and send us your questions; "we're all in this together".
Pre-AALAS Short Course! ...a must-attend!
Registration opens July 18! Free and open to the public!
Lean management doesn't need to be complicated, yet testing, starting or advancing a lean program can feel intimidating.
There are a few easy tools you can use to get everyone motivated and "rowing the boat" in the same direction...
Whether you are a technician, a managers, a veterinarian or a director, this course will provide you and your staff with the basic skills to enhance your operations in a fun way.
Taught by experienced lean practitioners from the biomedical research community, you will see multiple approaches to engage your staff by using simple techniques to get real, measurable yet incremental results.
Registration opens July 18!
Celebrating Innovation Through Failure
Failure is critical to research and experimentation.
Building a culture that encourages tiny experiments will always lead to tiny failures, and that's ok. Failures are the classroom for continuous learning; we learn little from our successes; we learn critical lessons from failures.
Finally, epic failures both colossal and not-so-big and are being celebrated in a museum for their importance to our learning and improvement. Click on Thomas Edison or use the link below to read this quick and fun article on celebrating failure!
Continuous Improvement is Everywhere!
The Toyota Production System (a/k/a Lean) was introduced to the Biomedical Research community in 2004.
Since that time, companies from all facets of retail, service and industry have adapted Toyota's tools and philosophies that have enabled them to accelerate their learning, adapt to a rapidly changing environment and to thrive and surpass their competition.
One such company is US office supply giant, STAPLES, which has become chameleon-like to withstand harsh market headwinds by redefining its retail and business models to accommodate consumer's buying habits.
Like the lessons learned from failure above, Staples reminds us to:
"Think Small": identify small, incremental improvements that can be put into play immediately.
"See it Yourself": hold one out of every 3 meetings on-site to ensure that you're in-tune with everyday operations
"Empower Employees": Encourage employees to evolve processes through open communication, incentives for innovative thinking, ad ongoing training.
Commit to Kaizen": Commit 10% of your time to kaizen, evaluating systems, exploring new methods and consulting those on the front lines.
The VOE-Network: we are way ahead of the curve...
Virtual Training Tool
"The Virtual Vivarium" was developed at MGH as a tool for acclimating new researchers to the processes and expectation within the vivaria.
It has since evolved into a recruiting tool to familiarize the applicant to the vivarium environment prior to interview. Candidates always refer to the tool during the interview process as a helpful way for them to envision the expectations of the job.
Members can now access this tool in the "Products and Services / Tools Open Source" tab
We offer Lean Tours! Click here to find out more....
Periodic events are held virtually or live for VOE-N members that are designed to share ideas, tour facilities and share best practices in applying Lean techniques.
Support Staff Training
We offer basic training on Lean tools & skills to align your staff in their approach to waste identification and problem-solving
Leadership Knowledge Sharing
Leading a Lean Organization is highly rewarding, achieving world-class results, but it's not without it's challenges. Allow our experienced thought leaders to help you with your obstacles, both live or through video workshops