Four Ways to Make Waste Visible & Improve Productivity – Spaghetti Diagrams

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Start Date

November 17, 2022 11:00 am

End Date

November 17, 2022 11:30 am




Polaris MEP



Yellow numbered circles on a grey background are connected by white looping lines.Feeling understaffed? Trying to increase production speed to make up for supply chain delays, or to become more competitive? Need to decrease waste but you’re not sure where to start? All of these conditions can lead to a stressed staff and higher turnover unless the mindset and tools of Continuous Improvement are applied.

In this series, manufacturing advisor Ted Kennedy shares four tools that can make waste visible, improve production capacity and increase quality – all without adding team members and stress.


Ted is a Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 35 years of manufacturing Operations and Engineering experience. He’s picked four Lean Manufacturing tools that he’s seen yield the best ROI for smaller companies.

  1. November 17: Spaghetti Diagramming
    Extra steps are great for your Fitbit, not your production process … This tool helps teams see how parts and people “travel” through the shop.
    As National Marker Company’s Brandon Castaneda says, walking hundreds of feet and doubling back “adds up, and time is definitely money.”
  2. December 8: Process Flow Mapping
  3. December 8: Value Stream Mapping
  4. December 15: Quick Changeover – Set Up Reduction Training

Each session provides a fast-paced discussion of WHAT the tool is and WHY to use it. You’ll also hear about WHEN and HOW to train your team to start realizing the most benefit from process improvements.


  • Production managers, Operations leads, plant managers, general managers
  • Internal Lean Champions
  • RI Manufacturing company presidents/founders/owners


Headshot of presented Ted Kennedy wearing a grey shirt and smilingPolaris MEP Project Manager Ted Kennedy has 35 years of experience within Operations and Engineering in the metalworking, toy manufacturing, and automotive manufacturing industries. He is a Lean leader with expertise in streamlining manufacturing, warehouse/distribution, retail packaging, and office processes.

Among other achievements, Ted created plant layouts for new 30,000 Sq. Ft. and 120,000 Sq. Ft. buildings and modified building layouts on three other facilities consolidating manufacturing and warehouse space by 30% to 40% using Lean tools. He also helped design a bar code system for use in manufacturing and shipping which was in use for over 15 years. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

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