Practitioners of Lean Manufacturing are sometimes criticized for using buzzwords. It’s fair to say that this criticism is party true. In fact, when I sometimes hear common everyday words, I think of something else. Maybe you can relate. 1. “Pull” Used to Mean: To draw or haul toward oneself or itself. To tug with force as […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I was invited to the Nike Headquarters several months ago, where I met with most of the leadership team of the Nike.com 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 […]