Our recent blog post on One Piece Flow: Generating Income Early emphasised the financial benefits of the One Piece Flow approach, which can be significant. But there are other benefits as well, and one that is very dear to our hearts is Quality.
In our example, we referenced violin making as an example of a skill in which One Piece Flow helps to generate income early: by completing one violin, rather than slowly working through ten, you have a violin to set out in your store much more quickly.
The Importance of Quality
When creating something as intricate as a violin, One Piece Flow also allows for a deliberate focus on quality. We’re not experts on violin making (you really just need to watch this video to see what an impressive skill it is), but we suspect that the process of making a complex precision product like a violin requires checking for quality throughout the process.
Imagine, if you will, that, instead of building one violin at a time using One Piece Flow, they were built in a large batch: step one, making the body, was done for a batch of violins, followed by step two, adding the sound holes, for all of those violins, followed by step three, the pegs, and so on until all the violins are complete. Then imagine that, after the final step, fifteen laborious steps later, we notice that we’ve made a error in step five that affected every single one of them.
Using One Piece Flow
That defect would lower the quality of all the violins, requiring all of them to be reworked or, worst case scenario, scrapped entirely. We would either sell the lower quality violins or incur the cost of fixing or trashing them. Building one item to completion, using One Piece Flow, allows not only for the financial benefits of having a finished product ready for sale sooner, it also allows for early detection of quality issues, which ultimately results in a higher quality product. We’re pretty sure that’s how Antonio Stradivari would have done it.
This principle works in all working worlds, with exactly the same benefits. Whatever your job role, you can increase the quality of your work – and reduce the cost of any hiccups – by using One Piece Flow to streamline and simplify your workload. Just like Stradivari