We (Ben & Jake) have worked together for the past 6 years as “Lean” consultants, helping organizations create better flow of their products or services while increasing quality, lowering cost…of course ensuring value was being delivered to the customer. We have worked with fortune 100 & 500 companies that include various industries throughout the world – which include Toyota, Goodyear Tire, Daimler, Boeing, Raytheon Missile Systems, Baptist Memorial Hospital. But this was the “DAY” job.
Ben had more of a sick-and-twisted passion to want to bring home this knowledge of lean and apply it to his passion – GAMING.
The more we played the more we realized our set-up time could be improved, the clean-up time needed to be reduced, and of course our game time (real value to the customer) needed to be longer. Well if we reduced set-up and clean-up time we might be able to do the impossible – extend our 24 hour day…well sort of. As we created better inserts and tools for the game our friends were wowed by the simplicity of complexity. And of course we couldn’t just “lean” out our games without helping them with theres, hence the birth of Daedalus Productions Inc.
Daedalus (the Greek god that created the labyrinth) Productions Inc. was created to tackle this vision.
* Lean is a term used in the business world to reference the notion of continous improvement by eliminating waste – waste is anything that does not create value for the customer such as excess motion, transportation, defects, waiting, overproduction, non-standard process etc. – Does this apply to gaming…absolutely! How often do we find ourselves hunting, fetching, gathering parts (tokens, dice, cards)? How much time is spend on filtering through our game box to set up?