January with Fast Lane Biker

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  1. Ian Caswell says:

    Well said Thomas.

    On any bike of that ilk, it would be difficult to ride safely, enjoyably, or indeed at anything over a walking pace!

    I’m sure that either consciously or unconsciously as an engineer you followed Shigeo Shingo’s poka yoke (mistake proofing) philosophies? He worked for Toyota. The idea is not just to make a process efficient, but to make it so good that it cannot be done incorrectly.

    In the few programs that I have coded, I have tried to put these checks in place, and although the pop up messages are an annoyance to some users, they do prevent errors. I have found that even the most troublesome users learn eventually. These bikes are the antithesis of poka yoke, they induce mistakes, (even after the original one of buying one of these things).

    Interestingly, Shingo originally used the term baka yoke, but since this means idiot proofing, this term was deemed too demeaning to users. Sounds like a good term for custom builders?

    Cas

    • The rule I remember from manufacturing was “The only way to idiot proof a system is to get the idiots out of the system.” Of course, that was not allowed to apply to marketing.

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