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A TEAM of members from 82WG
and the Air Combat Electronic
Attack Systems Program Office have
learned how to be more efficient in
their workplace by completing the
Lean Lego course.
The course is run by Boeing
Defence Australia, as part of the
F/A-18F Super Hornet One Team
Improvement Program. The session
educated participants in Lean meth-
odologies, including Kanban sys-
tems, removing waste, incorporat-
ing "pull versus push" systems and
implementing continuous improve-
ment within individual processes.
The course, comprised of both
theory and scenario-based training,
involved the students splitting into
two aircraft manufacturing compa-
nies, which were then tasked with
building eight aircraft out of Lego
within a specific time frame.
The course was run over three
sessions with each session progres-
sively incorporating Lean tech-
Participant FSGT Stanley Davis,
of 1SQN, said it was a great course.
"Using the Lego pieces practical-
ly demonstrated how the implemen-
tation of Lean techniques can make
you more efficient in the workplace,"
As a direct result of his partici-
pation in the course, F/A-18F pilot
SQNLDR Rick Peapell identified
the potential benefits of implement-
ing Lean techniques to review the
end-to-end process for the incorpora-
tion of F/A-18F aircrew publication
SQNLDR Peapell later led a
team of F/A-18F aircrew and Boeing
engineering personnel in a three-day
"One Team Program" Lean work-
shop, to identify efficiencies and
improve the F/A-18F aircrew publi-
cation amendment process.
"The training improved my
appreciation of what can be achieved
by the implementation of simple
Lean techniques," SQNLDR Peapell
"The workshop provided the
team with an improved awareness
of the constraints and issues that all
organisations involved in the pro-
cess experience. We can now work
together to improve the quality and
reduce the time taken for the imple-
mentation of future F/A-18F air-
OC 82WG GPCAPT Geoff
Harland said it was impressive
to see personnel from all three
organisations working and learning
together as one team.
"I am positive that the course
outcomes will further contribute
to efficiency gains across the F/A-
18F environment and improve
the combat capability," GPCAPT
take part in the Super
Hornet One Team
Program Lean Lego
training course at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Left, FSGT Trudi Cox,
of 82WG, builds a jet
from Lego during the
Photos: LACW Kylie Gibson
May 9, 2013
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