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Poka Yoke? Or Poka Yuck...

I just got back from doing some Lean training last week. I frequently return with a few pictures from my travels that are at least a little bit interesting. I apologize for the picture quality. Apparently, when the lens of your camera gets grimy, the pictures get worse.

The first is of my rental car keys. I am sure there is a reason for this, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is. They gave me two keys, even though I was the only driver on the contract. What’s more, they were on a crimped key ring, so I could not pull them apart. That way, if I lost them, I’d be sure to lose both keys. Instead of paying for one, I’d have to pay for two. Not quite a poka yoke (mistake proofing device). More of a poka yuck.

Rental Car Keys

A Poka Yuck Guarantees a Mistake


The second image is of the route to the rental car counter from the terminal. It was very clear where I had to go. Got me there without a hitch. Great visual controls.

 Directions to Car Rental

Hope you all have a great week!

By the way–I just added several new, free Lean forms to my site. Hope you can find a good use for them.


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