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15 Lean Lessons Learned

Going through an old notebook I came across some answers of a question presented at a professional development gathering. The question was “What lessons have you learned from lean events and other continuous improvement activities?” This was a few years … Continue reading

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Why Work for Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance as a CEO can seem a bit like an uphill battle. Okay, scratch that, it definitely is an uphill battle. If you don’t just own one, but several companies, you might have already thrown in … Continue reading

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Lean Manufacturing And The Milgram Experiment

During your Lean journey is becomes easy to become discourage and frustrated. The more you become familiar with the tools and philosophies more you become aware of all the conflicting practices within organizations. Those practices produce many conflicting goal which … Continue reading

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Save Your Sanity with PFEP

PFEP simply stands for Plan For Every Part. A simple material control concept from the past resurrected and touted as a new transformative process. PFEP simply stands for Plan For Every Part . Material Control professionals first thought after introduction … Continue reading

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Lean Tools 101 – Run Chart

During our lean journey we oftentimes become overwhelmed with the jargon, anecdotes and theories. In our rush to out “Toyota” one another some of the foundational tools are lost in the process or simply taught in passing. I’ve seen leaders … Continue reading

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Planning for Manufacturing Rework

In complex manufacturing rework is simply a part of doing business. Rework for this discussing is simply reprocessing of a part or service due a non-conformance.   If you’re student of lean you surely understand this is simply a waste … Continue reading

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10 Tips to Sustain Gemba

As we all know Gemba is the Japanese for “Real Place”.  The purpose of Gemba walks is to take management directly to the area where “value” is created to understand a situation thoroughly. In a restaurant this might be the … Continue reading

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After The Kaikaku

The big Kaikaku event is finally over, the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled. The armies of building contractors along with their heavy equipment have vanished as swiftly as they appeared. Also absent are the great gurus and … Continue reading

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IQR – Powerful Inventory Reduction Tool

Have you discovered IQR! IQR stands for Inventory Quality Ratio.  This is a very powerful and effective tool for inventory valuation, reduction and review. This is how it works. Divide your inventory into four quality categories. Active– Items with future … Continue reading

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Is a Kaikaku in your future?

Kaikaku is the latest continuous improvement initiative being practiced in the business world. Kaikaku means “Radical change.” The goal is to tear down walls both literally and figuratively.  Kaikaku events are generally used when kaizen events no longer provide the … Continue reading

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