Improving working conditions has a significant effect on production processes. The Kaizen philosophy can help a lot in this case. The Kaizen philosophy is primarily related to production. But let’s look at how this approach can be used in the office. Continue reading How Workplace Organization Affects Company Development
I like to think that you can apply lean to anything, and product development is no exception. Yet, product development is different than manufacturing, so the application of lean is different. Continue reading What Is Lean Product Development?
You start with a first pass assessment to begin to understand your metrics, flows, and constraints to flow. The critical document to the first pass assessment was producing a rough Value Stream Map to document what you saw in order to communicate it to others. Now, we are going to use it in the second pass and final assessment to finish your value stream map analysis, to see the flow, and reduce the barriers to flow. Continue reading What is the Goal of Value Stream Map Analysis?
5S is an exceptional lean system, in theory. Where it often falls short is in the execution. Now, I’m not saying that for every benefit of Lean 5S system, there’s a drawback. As designed, it’s all good. But like they say, “There are at least two sides to every story.” What are the benefits of lean 5s system? Continue reading What Are the Benefits of Lean 5S System?
Some companies have used lean with great success, yet many companies still don’t use lean principles, aren’t aware of what lean is, and don’t want to get involved with it. What are the common misconceptions about lean? Continue reading What Are Common Misconceptions About Lean?
Six Sigma has applications in high technology, high transaction, or expensive error environments. But what if you are in a mature industry, a service business, or an organization that handles few transactions? Perhaps Lean Thinking (waste reduction) or the Theory of Constraints (throughput improvement) would work better. So what is lean process improvement? Continue reading What is Lean Process Improvement?
The old adage frequently applied to ISO 9001 is “Say what you do and do what you say?” Some organizations seem to take this to mean “Write down everything you do,” but that is really not required by the standard. The actual requirement is that processes are well-defined and responsibilities clearly communicated. Continue reading What Is a Lean ISO 9001 System?
There are a lot of different process improvement programs on the market today and everyone has their favorite. I am sure you recognize a few of these programs. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between each of these? There are many consultants in the market that are advocating the use of one of these improvement methods to solve all of your organizational problems. But will all of these work in any situation? Or, are there specific situations that are better suited for a particular approach? Continue reading What are the Similarities and Differences between Lean and Six Sigma?
The first pass assessment is used to understand your metrics, flows, and constraints to flow. In the second pass assessment, we perform a more detailed analysis and produce the data for a Value Stream Map. Next, we build the analysis documents we use to communicate the issues to others. Then we need to put it all together to select improvement opportunities. Continue reading How to Find Improvement Opportunities