It's worth mentioning that Mary is not new. I should have been more specific. Normally she doesn't build, but she is familiar with the parts and since my workbench is right in front of her and I've built hundreds of the gall-durn things (I'm getting tired of them, can you tell?) she's seen me retrieve the flanges from the crates at the end of each build. She's also seen Jamie do the same. She is familiar with the parts, she's just never gone through the process. She's not a builder. Jamie just snagged her to help because she was probably the first person he saw. He's like that sometimes.
How the cart is arranged well...I kind of feel like that's more of an annoyance than a real issue. Like I said, I think that if you want something done as specifically as I like my carts to be arranged, you should just do it yourself. And pulling parts isn't part of her job, either, so it's not like she's an incompetent or anything. She got shoved into a new situation and even though I understand Jamie "loaning" her to me from his crew to help out well...let's just say if I had to choose someone to delegate a job like that to from his crew, it wouldn't be her. She's all right at her actual job. I don't blame her or have any animosity toward her (though I'm annoyed she didn't listen to me) I just would rather he didn't delegate this particular job to her, because her inexperience makes her inefficient; and it's not likely that it'd be worth training her, as she probably will never become involved in building.
There's not much point in marking spaces on the carts; most of the parts are small and go in a multi-compartment tray (again, I like my tray organised in a specific way, because it's most efficient) and I am also familiar enough with where all the parts are located that I pick my parts in a certain order so I'm filling the cart, then the tray, back-to-front. Everything is pre-organised that way. Plus, once a cart is empty, someone else who needs it may very well walk off with it and then when I need it again, I'll just go retrieve whichever one is available. We'd have to mark out all of them.
The book is very clear. The page that shows the widget lists the parts for that widget only. It's one page, with list of parts, numbers and quantities. It's pretty much exactly the list I would make if I were writing it down for someone, minus the drawing and build specifics.
Going to a bunch of time and trouble to train Mary to pull parts is, IMO, a giant waste of time. It's actually not her job (which is why I don't really want her to be in any trouble. I don't think it's right to blame someone or give them a hard time for not doing the best job at something they've never done) and really all I want is for Jamie to not delegate that job to her again. It's just faster and easier if I do it myself.
Mostly I just didn't really want to be too blunt and say something like, "Jamie, please don't get Mary to pull parts for me anymore...she sucks at it."
There's been a lot of really good diplomatic phrasing suggested here. Like I said before, I don't want her to be reprimanded or anything; that seems unfair. I just don't want her to be given that task anymore. I appreciate Jamie wanted to help me out, but in the end it just made more work for me, and with the orders high as they are, I don't have even five minutes in a day to waste. The only person at the shop as much as me is Bossman; I show up an hour before everyone else and I leave an hour after everyone else just to try and keep up with the production schedule, just to give you all an idea of what i mean by "busy". Unfortunately training another person to build the widgets that I do isn't possible just now; neither Jamie nor I really have time, and we just kind of went on a hiring blitz. It was slow for awhile so we were down to skeleton crew but when things really started picking up again (and are showing no signs of slowing) so aside from me, Jamie, Mary, Gary and Bossman's son Joel (all of whom are plenty busy themselves) almost everyone is new and these widgets are very specific and precise...that's the reason only Jamie and I build them....we're the only ones with enough experience.