Third Day of Lean Six Sigma

This is the third piece in a content series, “The 12 Days of Lean Six Sigma,” about applying the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma to the holiday season. You can read the second piece here

Your holiday dinner doesn’t have to be chaotic. With these three Lean visual tools, you can streamline your holiday dinner and get more time to spend with your family and friends this holiday season.

  1. Organize Your Food Visually

Have you ever gone to bake an apple pie only to realize someone already ate some of your apples? How about your butter supply disappearing? Having all of the ingredients you need to prepare your holiday meal is essential. Use visual management to store your food in the pantry and fridge by placing your holiday ingredients in red and green containers and labels. That way, you can make sure you have what you need when it’s time to prepare your big holiday dinner.

Illustration of color-coded pantry.

  1. Visually Outline Your Meal

Using a chalkboard or whiteboard, list each course of your meal to make sure you don’t forget anything. Not only is this using visual management to organize your holiday dinner, but it’s also ensuring prevention of overproduction and waste.

Illustration of chalkboard menu with appetizer, entree and dessert items listed.

  1. Use a RACI Chart

Want to avoid that heart-stopping moment when you think someone else put the turkey in the oven when really they thought you were doing it? How about preventing one person from doing all of the work? A RACI chart can help the whole family keep track of how they will contribute to putting holiday dinner on the table. Each letter stands for a different level of involvement:

  • Responsible: those who do the actual work
  • Accountable: those who are ultimately accountable for the completion of the work
  • Consulted: those who provide input and/or output as needed
  • Informed: those who want to be kept up to date on progress of the particular phase

A RACI chart displaying who participates in each phase of preparing the holiday dinner.

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