October 10, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Low Hanging Fruit

Experienced fruit pickers always start at the top of a tree,
where the fruit is more ready to eat because of greater exposure to the sun.
Christopher Peterson

You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule. That 20% of the effort will get you 80% of the results. Some people call it picking the low-hanging fruit. The rule seems to imply that there is always an easy answer to improving performance.

But what happens when the low hanging fruit is picked? You can’t come out the next day and start picking low-hanging fruit again. All the low-hanging fruit is gone! You’ll need to get a ladder and work harder to get the rest of the fruit.

The same is true in industrial settings.

Early in an improvement program, you can often get easy gains. But once these easy improvements are harvested, the job of improving performance gets tougher and tougher.

This may seem obvious to anyone who has been involved in performance improvement. The better performance gets, the harder it is to improve.

Unfortunately, some management thinks that the low-hanging fruit is a perpetual opportunity. That we should get continuous major improvement with little effort.

There is one way to keep your improvement program on a rapid pace… Get better at improving. And that’s where TapRooT® can prove it’s value. If you have already picked the low-hanging fruit, TapRooT® can be your “ladder” to help you get at your tougher problems.

And if you are already a TapRooT® User, you can use the advanced TapRooT® techniques to help you solve tougher issues.

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