Industrial revolution – the human factor. We are talking about how important people are in making big changes in industry. This is about what you think of new ways of doing things and technology. Knowing how people handle these changes helps us do better in the future.
Human Factor in the Industrial Revolution
The most important element of the industrial revolution is the human being. I would like to know your opinion on the introduction of new solutions. For example, when a factory introduces a new assembly line technology, it’s not just the machinery that matters, but also how workers adapt to it.
Engagement and Change Management
I observe that even the most obvious change will not happen if its main link, the human being, is not properly engaged. New technologies, innovative solutions at the implementation stage must be properly implemented (change) and our teams must be properly engaged in order to effectively use new solutions. Consider a situation where a company introduces a new software system. If the staff isn’t trained or doesn’t understand the benefits, the new system won’t be used effectively. The revolution will not happen without stages of evolution. A good example is the slow shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This change requires not only new technology but also a shift in people’s attitudes and government policies.
Key Steps in Tool Implementation
In the process of implementing new tools, I see two main steps, which in my opinion are crucial to achieve the intended goal:
- Phase zero – marketing – this is preparing teams for change, working out the best method of implementation with the teams, practicing new tools. For instance, when a retail company introduces a new inventory system, it must first create awareness and interest among its staff.
- Closing the loop phase – building a new process (process after the change) so that if the work of the new process is interrupted, the whole organization knows about it – something like one piece flow and stopping one machine in the process. An example of this can be seen in manufacturing, where the failure of one machine can signal an issue in the entire production line, prompting immediate action.
Industrial Revolution – Continuous Improvement
Industrial revolution – the human factor. It’s also important to gather feedback from those involved in these changes. This can lead to continuous improvement of the new processes. For instance, in software development, user feedback is crucial for refining and enhancing the product. To sum up, making new technology work well in industry really depends on people being involved and things changing step by step. This talk shows how planning, getting teams ready, and being able to change are all important. As we keep making changes, it’s the mix of people’s ideas and new technology that will make industry better and more advanced. Examples like the gradual adoption of green energy and the integration of feedback in software development underscore the vital role of human engagement in technological progress.
Boguslaw is certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Responsible for implementing Lean Culture in the organizations, starting from 5S program, changes in the Operating System, and growth in Problem Solving Tools. He is a Lean Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in different industries.