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Total Quality Management Models and Why I Hate This Chart

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Total Quality Management has been around for a long time. If you look at the history of continuous improvement, it formally goes back to Frederick Taylor in the late 1800′s. I believe some even estimate aspects of quality management to back even further. If you think about, wherever there has been operations (such as building […]

Kaizen Before and After Template

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The Kaizen Before and After Template is simple and effective and can help communicate the results from your Kaizen Efforts. The Kaizen Before and After Template has 5 main parts. 0. Problem In this section, you want to elaborate in either words or a picture (or both) the problem you are tackling. It is preferable […]

Hoshin Kanri X Matrix Template for Lean Policy Deployment

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The purpose of the Hoshin Kanri X Matrix Template for Lean Policy Deployment is to develop and implement plans that are both strategic, tactical, and coordinated across people across the organization. The X-Matrix also ensures there is ownership at all levels and accountability; this approach to strategic planning also encourages organizational learning, faster course corrections, and […]

Nike Lean Manufacturing: An Example of Good Policy Deployment

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I was invited to the Nike Headquarters several months ago, where I met with most of the leadership team of the business unit, which is the business unit tasked with growing their direct-to-consumer business. I was very, very impressed to see their commitment to Lean and was pleasantly surprised at how far up and […]