I was sitting in the room and admit I was caught up in the troubleshooting frenzy. I asked, “what have we checked with the applicator?” “Everything,” he responded. “We can’t pinpoint the root cause.” It dawned on me mostly out of confusion, “Do you have a list of what lots this is affecting?” Silence. “No.” Okay. We’ve got a concrete place to start. Let’s get a list of those and see if a pattern shows up. Going forward, here’s what we need to do with tracking complaints against lot numbers…
If you find that your partners, employees, or you are falling short or ending up with too much of particular inventory items in your business, your inventory tracking is probably a factor. A lot of people think of one of two things when they think of “inventory”: a clipboard and a computer screen. As companies grow, they migrate from manual inventories, to more complex inventory management systems. A great bridge system for a growing business may be to use my system leveraging Google Sheets, Google Forms, and QR Codes for a quick boost to a digital transactional inventory. Read more
It happens every time I see a new company, employee, or private coaching client: they open up their ‘working’ spreadsheet — you know, the one that runs everything — and their data is laid out horizontally. I discreetly calm myself down and put my hands behind my back, in my lap, on a notebook…anywhere I can to keep from reaching out and taking the keyboard and mouse away from them. I remind myself it is an easy fix, and the opportunity to change the way a person looks at data forever. They have violated my number one rule of functional Excel: Read more
Why my hammer is better than yours:
- I already know how to use my hammer.
- I already know how to train others to use my hammer.
- I worked hard to learn how to use this hammer.
- I happen to have this hammer, right here, now.