Dec. 6, 1987-June 7, 2012
San Francisco, California
Submitted by Bill Woodruff
Alexander Woodruff. Alex died of a heart attack on June 7th in San Francisco at the age of 24. Alex moved to Pleasanton from Thousand Oaks in 2000 with his family, and was a 2006 graduate of Village High School. He was born in 1987. Alex is survived by his parents, his sister Claudine, brother Scot, nieces and nephews, Kate, Wil, Charlie, Chloe, Harrison and Bennett. Donations in his memory will be welcome at mccsf.org.
Dec. 17, 2012
Thank you for covering this sujcebt. One of my greatest pet peeves is when people rush through time studies and then think they understand a process enough to suggest improvements. When this is done by management, they often try to justify what they think should be happening based on what their plan was on paper instead of what is actually happening. This ends up holding associates to a higher expectation than what is actually achievable which leads to distrust of and disgust with management. Often, those doing the time studies fail to capture the non-value added portions of a process and therefore they fail to recognize and eliminate much of the waste.When I facilitate an improvement event, I require participants to spend a whole day in observation and time studies so they can get a clearer picture of the actual current condition, based on facts. Only then do we have the right to suggest changes that will truly deal with eliminating waste. A ten minute time study cannot capture everything that must be done at an operation time studies cannot be rushed. When everyone realizes that, then there will be less anxiety in the associates when they see someone walk up to their process with a stop watch.