At LeanFab Workshop & Tours, organized by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, and held last month in Columbus, Ohio, Dave Lechleitner asked attendees to draw a pig. The presales principal at Exact Software, Minneapolis, wasn’t playing an odd joke. Instead, he was making a point.
When he first asked us to draw a pig, every one of us drew it differently. But when he gave us detailed instructions on how exactly to draw the pig--how long the tail was supposed to be, where the nose needed to go, etc.--our pigs began to look a little more alike. He was illustrating (well, we all were illustrating--some us very badly) the importance of complete, accurate, and up-to-date work instructions.