“The Vivarium Operational Excellence Network enables institutions to achieve efficiency, empower teams, and develop a respectful Continuous Improvement culture.”
Keeping Texas in our Hearts...
The VOE-Network wishes to recognize the incredible life-saving work of the vivarium staff and of our colleagues in our community after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
As they struggle with personal and organizational loss, they represent the best of the best in our industry demonstrating compassion and unwavering commitment to the animals they serve.
"I would like to personally thank the ride out staff at the University of Houston for their dedicated service during Hurricane Harvey. The staff was continuously present at the University of Houston from Friday August 25th to Thursday August 31st and relieved by a recovery staff until the University opened on September 5th. The days started early and ended late, but the staff never missed a cage change out or feeding. Of all the lessons to be learned during this tragedy, one thing stands out: despite the enormous amount of work, the staff takes serious the responsibility of caring for animals. Their dedication to caring for the animals is an example for us all..." Dr David Brammer, DVM
The Vivarium Operational Excellence Network is a consortium of biomedical research organizations committed to advancing the quest for cures and therapies for disease through the use of proven continuous improvement techniques.
VOE-Network AALAS Events!
#1 Pre-AALAS Organizational Transformation Short Course: Limit:30
"Practical applications to Process Mapping and Workplace Organization"
Hands-on training in key problem-solving methods that you can use immediately with your staff to start your journey.
Applicable for Yellow Belt Certification credits.
#2 VOE-Network Platform Session
"A Case for Reinvention of vivarium Operations: How are High-Peforming Organizations Defined. What are they Doing, and How Did They Start"
#3 Lean Workshop: limit:50
"Innovative Ways to Incorporate Lean Tools and Concepts into Routine Facility Operations"
Hands-on training that demonstrates the power of:
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
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