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UK Daily Free Competitions

Below are a list of Free to enter competitions currently running for UK residents. If you find this list useful, please comment below. This page is updated weekly with a new list of 10, Free to enter, UK Based Competitions. Make sure to revisit us again next week.

This week’s competitions:

A Year’s worth of Outfit Rentals – Enter – Closes 14th Jan 2020

£1000 ASOS Voucher – Enter – Closes 15th January 2020

£500 Niche Retreats – Enter – Closes 15th Jan 2020

Win £100 to spend at Papa Johns – Enter Closes 17th Jan 2020

£20 John Lewis Gift Card – Enter – Closes 17th Jan 2020

Win a SPA break for two – Enter – Closes 18th Jan 2020

Win a £20 Argos Voucher – Enter – Closes 25th Jan 2020

A Cornish Holiday Voucher worth £500 – Enter – Closes 26th Jan 2020

£500 Scottish Sailing Adventure – Enter – Closes 30th Jan 2020

£40 Toby Carvery Voucher – Enter – Closes 31st Jan 2020

£200 Love2Shop Voucher – Enter – Closes 31st Jan 2020

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What is Jidoka?

Put simply, Jidoka is automation with a human touch.

Jidoka is a key element of the Toyota Production System. The concept covers the machine aspect and human aspect of quality.

The Machine Aspect of quality

Automated machinery on detection of an abnormal situation, triggers work instantly stops. The founder of Toyota Group (Kiichiro Toyoda) invented a textile loom that would automatically stop when a thread broke. Previously when a thread broke, the machine kept running until a machine operator noticed the issue and stopped the machine. Any material produced from when the thread broke, to the machine was stopped was wasted. Meaning each loom required a very attentive operator. With the invention of Toyoda’s new loom, the loom would automatically shut down on detecting any abnormality. Thus stopping any wasted material being produced. It also meant a single operator could now attend multiple machines.

But Jidoka goes beyond just automated machinery.

The Human Aspect – Quality at the source

Jidoka empowers the individual worker to shut down production when an abnormal condition is recognised. This is called quality at the source. Each worker is his own inspector. Nothing leaves your work station unless it meets engineering and manufacturing standards. There for, former inline inspections are no longer needed, eliminating such non-value added steps helps to streamline the production process and reduces cost.

Ten Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen’s ten usability heuristics for U.I Design. They are referred to as ‘heurisitics’ due to them being broad rules of thumb and not specific guidelines.

Jakob Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics for U.I. Design are:

  1. Visibility of system status
  2. Match between system and the real world
  3. User control and freedom
  4. Consistency and standards
  5. Error prevention
  6. Recognition rather than recall
  7. Flexibility and efficiency of use
  8. Aesthetic and minimalist design
  9. Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
  10. Help and documentation

For a breakdown on each of these, I thoroughly recommend this article.