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Logitech MX Master 2S for Power Users

Logitech Master MX 2S - FeatureWorking with multiple computers at the same time can be cumbersome at the best of times – especially where peripheral devices are concerned.  My K760 keyboard allows me to use the same keyboard on multiple machines as does my MX Master mouse.  However, neither of these devices make it possible to work seamlessly with two computers at the same time.

“There’s always a better way and more than one solution!”

~ Versalytics.org

Logitech Master MX 2S - Front Of BoxI am typically working between my SurfaceBook Pro and MacBook Pro at the same time, especially when developing applications that need to run on both.  Even the simple task of copying files or text between them takes time that I’d rather spend doing other more productive tasks.

If you’re a power user working with more than one computer, wanting to work more efficiently and effectively, and looking to free up some precious desk space, then the Logitech MX Master 2S mouse is the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Multi-Computer Control With Logitech Flow

The new Logitech MX Master 2S mouse coupled with the Logitech Flow feature is the solution that makes working seamlessly between two or three computers connected to the same WiFi network possible.  Sharing files or data between machines is as simple as moving the mouse from one screen to the other as you would when working with two monitors connected to the same machine as shown in the video below:

Logitech Master MX 2S - Back Of BoxAside from Logitech’s flow feature, there are a number of other features and improvements that the Logitech MX Master 2S brings to the table:

  • Pair with up to 3 computers and easily switch between them using the “connect” button on the bottom of the mouse.
  • Dual connectivity makes it easy to connect to your machines using either BlueTooth or Logitech’s unifying USB receiver (included).  The unifying receiver makes it possible to connect up to 6 devices using only a single USB port.
  • Completely customizable with Logitech’s “Options” software.
  • Full button and key customization.  The mouse has 7 buttons.
  • Application specific settings.
  • Gesture Button.
  • Scroll Wheel with auto-shift for speed-adaptive scrolling.
  • Battery notification and status indicator.  Note that you can use the mouse while charging it with the included USB cable that connects to a micro-USB port on the front of the mouse.
  • 70 days of battery life on a single charge compared to 40 days with the previous generation mouse.
  • Darkfield high precision (4000 DPi) sensor that allows you to work on virtually any surface – including glass.  The nominal value is set at 1000 DPi and ranges from 200 to 4000 DPi that can be adjusted in 50 DPi increments.

Logitech Master MX 2S - Inside the BoxI like the look and feel of the Logitech MX Master 2S mouse.  The mouse fits comfortably under the palm of your hand and the finger extension over the sculpted shape feels natural and relaxed.

I’m using the Logitech MX Master 2S mouse exclusively in my home office.  All facets of our business are subject to continual improvement leading to more effective and efficient use of our most valued resource – TIME.

Until Next Time – STAY lean!

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Lean Execution: Competing with Giants – It’s all about Speed

Sometimes you need a break from reading and learn from others who are truly walking the talk.  We trust you will find this video, “Competing with Giants – It’s all about Speed“, featuring Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks, as interesting and thought provoking as we did.

This short clip will be done in less time than it takes to make popcorn.

Another clip that expounds on the first – wonderful insights for business and entrepreneurs:

Enjoy!

Until Next Time – STAY Lean!

Using TRIZ for Problem Solving – Resources

In our first post on this topic, “Using Triz for Problem Solving – Introduction“, we provided a very basic introduction to TRIZ.  In the spirit of TRIZ, it is not our intent to rewrite or redefine the TRIZ process when excellent information is already available.  Our intent is to identify the few of the many excellent and exceptional resources that we have found.

What is TRIZ?

To learn more about TRIZ and it’s applications we suggest visiting the following web sites that present a tremendous amount of information on the development and application of TRIZ.

TRIZ Principles

40 Inventive Principles with Examples:

Examples for each of the 40 Inventive Principles can be found at the following link:  http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/1997/07/b/index.html

TRIZ Resources

The Contradiction matrix:

As you will have learned from reading the “What is TRIZ?” page from the link above, one of the tools of TRIZ is the Contradiction Matrix that consists of 40 elements.  The TRIZ Contradiction Matrix is available as an Excel Spreadsheet through the following link:

http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/1997/07/matrix.xls

The TRIZ Journal ARTICLES:

The Triz Journal presents many informative articles.  One very intriguing article, “TRIZ / Systematic Innovation Enhances Hoshin Kanri“, by Darrell Mann and Ellen Domb, demonstrates the principles of TRIZ in a unique application.

An excellent article, “Create a High Performance Culture with Hoshin Kanri”, by Frank Deno can be found at the following link http://www.realinnovation.com/content/c080623a.asp

WEB Sites:

TRIZ Books:

A number of books are available on the topic of TRIZ.  Click here to preview the selections currently available.

TRIZ Challenges:

TRIZ is not without its challenges.  Although TRIZ has evolved over many years, it still remains relatively unknown and few companies seem to be ready to adopt this problem solving method.

An excellent article, “Enhancing TRIZ with Dr. Deming’s Philosophy“, by Ellen Domb and Bill Bellows, presents some interesting insights to this challenge.

We typically tend to avoid “labels” for the method we are using to solve a specific problem.  Unlike a surgeon “requesting specific tools (scalpel)” while performing an operation, our strategy tends to be a blended “hybrid” approach to problem solving; TRIZ happens to be one of the more effective methods that we have learned to use over the past few years.

The acceptance of TRIZ may be attributed to the current struggles many companies experience simply attempting to complete an 8D or 5-Why.  Of course, that would only be true of companies who are void of the Lean principles and methods – right?  TRIZ also has a perceived complexity that does not lend itself to ready adaptation as a company-wide problem solving tool.

We would recommend reviewing the many available books on the topic of TRIZ.  Integrating a tool such as TRIZ will require someone to become the leading expert.  Click here to see the various book selections that are available.

Unfortunately, for many companies, the discipline or the structure is simply not there to support effective problem solving efforts.  Perhaps if more time was spent solving the real problems, they would have more time to solve problems not yet realized.

Remember to get your TRIZ – Click Here!

Until Next Time – STAY Lean!

How OEE can improve your Inventory

Once you have established a robust OEE system, you should also be reaping benefits in other areas of your organization.

We will be offering some insights into the other performance metrics such as inventory over the next few weeks. Improved availability, performance, and quality will all have an impact on your inventory and materials management processes. Inventory turns is one metric that should be improving as your OEE improves. If not, perhaps there is an opportunity to integrate OEE even deeper into your organization.

In a truly lean organization, other vantage point metrics will provide evidence of a well integrated OEE system. Metrics such as delivery, quality (ppm), labour efficiency, lead time, mean time between failures, mean response times, down time, turn over, and financial performance indicators are all directly or indirectly affected by improvements to your operation and OEE.

We will discuss the impact of OEE on these “other” metrics over the next few posts. Remember, we also offer excel templates at no cost to you. Click on the “BOX” files on the sidebar to get your free templates today! Our templates offer more than a simple OEE calculator – they can be used immediately with little or no modifications to suit your processes.

Until next time, STAY lean!

Vergence – Lean Execution Team.

Make or Break with OEE

Reward systems, bonuses, and other forms of compensation have been the topic of many newspaper articles and news broadcasts as of late.  Although attention has turned toward the viability and sustainability of the manufacturing sector, there are many of us who question how the performance of these companies is measured and, even more so, rewarded.

While executive compensation is typically subject to scrutiny in and outside of most organizations, those rewards that are internal to an organization are seldom challenged or checked.  How do we really measure the effectiveness of our leaders and management?

Our industry leaders are truly being tested as today’s economy has further challenged many organizations to make additional substantive cuts to their operating budgets.  These times all but test our own survival strategies as well.

Executives and management at all levels continue to look at where and what to cut – this usually translates into “WHO should be cut”.  It is time for leadership to recognize that current management methodologies and infrastructure must change – the organizational structure must become seamless in its approach.

In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, Toyota was faced with the same dilemma our current North American auto manufacturers are facing.  They didn’t just try to figure out how to build a better car they also figured out how to build them more efficiently and effectively.  Toyota  didn’t replicate the existing North American systems, they re-invented them.

Consumers want a quality product.  The what, where, when, and how it is built are not really their concern – as long as it’s available when they want it!

Discussions should be focused on the METHOD or the HOW things get done (systems and / or processes) not necessarily WHO does it.  Rationalizing the current business structure and what can be done to improve it is required.  It is difficult to get your team involved in problem solving and strategy meetings when the only thing on their minds is “who is left after the storm blows through”.

The Axe Falls … on operations

Typically, operations becomes the focus of most cost cutting endeavours.  In the automotive industry, plant closures are devastating communities and the ripple effect of these closures puts us on the brink of another wave of closures at the supplier level.  The most recent example supporting this trend is Chrysler’s announcement to close several of it’s major plants in North America.

Unfortunately, eliminating excess capacity is only a short term solution.  The true change events will occur when the infrastructure challenges are addressed and a new “fresh” culture is introduced and embraced by the “new” management.

If we learn anything during these times, we quickly discover the difference between the things that matter most and those that don’t.  Now is the time to find out what is really necessary and matters most to your operations.  A corporate, system level, 5S process is required to really clean up and move forward.

Bankruptcy can make the discovery process very quick and easy.  Liquidators are also very quick to give you the real value of your assets.  Peter F. Drucker suggested that abandonment was a necessary part of the management process.  The timing, however, is much better when it is on your terms and not those of the bank.

OEE – does it work?

Overall Equipment Efficiency, or OEE, is one of those metrics that should survive the test of time.  We have discussed the many positive attributes of using OEE as an effective metric for managing your manufacturing operations.  If the culture in your company is one of candor and open and honest communication, then OEE can definitely be used as a metric to help drive change and improvements.

In the wrong culture (selfish versus company gain), metrics such as OEE can be used and abused quite readily.  We would caution you to think about how improvements to OEE are rewarded.  At a minimum:

Reward the action or the change – not the result.

Rewarding the action allows you to identify what has been changed or improved and will encourage others to duplicate this type of activity.  The OEE result serves to validate the effectiveness of the change or improvement.  This strategy also ensures that people are focused on solutions and tangible actions as opposed to “tweaking the system” to make the numbers look better.  Getting a better stop watch may improve the accuracy of the measurement, unfortunately it won’t save you a dime unless something else changes.

What’s next

Visioneering and Innovation are imperative to our continued future successes.  The electronics industry continues to churn out new ideas and technologies at an amazing rate of change.  Some argue that it’s easier with electronics because …

Is it really?  Or is it that we have learned by the very practices of leaders in the electronics field that change is inevitable, encouraged, embraced, and most importantly expected.

The automotive industry and manufacturers in general need real and true competition.  There is absolutely no room for complaceny.  If the automotive industry was anything but close to embracing this type of culture, cars would be much different today.

Perhaps this is a bit of a rant, however, we seem to be too set in our ways.  Protecting past methods, preserving old cultures, and confusing complexity with genius.  Museums and memorials have their place, just not in today’s manufacturing facilities and management practices.

Until next time – Stay LEAN!