Tennis Ball Exercise - Deloro

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CAN WE DO IT ???
TENNIS BALL EXERCISE
Tennis Ball Exercise
 Play 4 Rounds
 3 or 4 equal groups (a good size is 7 to
10 people)
 Each group will use 3 tennis balls
 At the end of rounds two and four there
will be a brief discussion
 Each round is timed by the facilitator
Tennis Ball Exercise
 Round One Rules
 The teams must stand in a circle
 One person starts by holding all 3 balls
 Each person must touch each ball once
 All 3 balls have to start and stop at the same person
 Not allowed to throw the ball to the people standing next
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to you
Two people cannot touch the ball at the same time
One person cannot touch 2 or 3 balls at the same time
Practice, this is your process and must be repeatable
A dropped ball is a quality defect and you must start over
The facilitator is the Customer – Don’t argue with the
Customer!!!
Tennis Ball Exercise Cont.
 Round 2 Rules
 Must cut your time in half, or your competition will
 Must keep the same order from Round 1
 Do not have to stand in a circle
 Two people cannot touch the ball at the same time
 One person cannot touch 2 or 3 balls at the same
time
 Must be repeatable!
Summary Questions
 After Round 2
 What did you do to make the
improvements? (like moved closer,
rearranged, the rules changed)
 Did you use just one person’s idea?
 Did you draw out a detailed plan? Or did
you just try it? Did it work on the first try?
Tennis Ball Exercise Cont.
 Round 3 Rules
 Must cut your time in half, or your competition will
 Can use ANY prop in the room
 Must keep the same order from Round 1
 Do not have to stand in a circle
 Two people cannot touch the ball at the same time
 One person cannot touch 2 or 3 balls at the same
time
 Must be repeatable!
Summary Questions
 After Round 3
 What did you do to make the improvements?
(like moved closer, rearranged, the rules
changed)
 Did you use just one person’s idea?
 Did you use other groups ideas?
 Did you draw out a detailed plan? Or did you
just try it?
 Did it work on the first try?
Tennis Ball Exercise Cont.
 Round 4 Rules (Rounds 3 and 4, too)
 Must cut your time in half, or your competition will
 Can use ANY prop in the room
 Must keep the same order from Round 1
 Do not have to stand in a circle
 Two people cannot touch the ball at the same time
 One person cannot touch 2 or 3 balls at the same
time
 Must be repeatable!
Summary Questions
 After Round 4
 How did each team make improvements for
each round?
 Why don’t we move equipment closer together
in the plant? What happens when we link two
pieces of equipment together? (more down time
if we don’t know how to solve problems quickly)
 How can you apply this exercise to your job?
 Do you think you could improve further?
 Did you use the identification and elimination of
waste to help in your improvements?

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