October 13, 2017

I have been working with several management teams who are beginning their Lean transformation journeys.  At the end of each engagement, we always discuss the power of auditing any new process improvement initiative that they want to sustain.  The reasons you may want to include auditing as a leader’s core competency are as follows: 


1.    Any ne...

October 13, 2017

Henry Ford in the book "Today and Tomorrow" is quoted as saying the following: "Today's standardization is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow's improvement will be based.  If you think of 'standardization' as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow, you get somewhere.  But if you think of standards as confining, then progress...

October 13, 2017

Value stream mapping is an activity that helps you understand the flow of orders, materials, and time through your productive process.  This Lean tool should only be used when you are ready to make process improvement changes to your current operations by eliminating the 8 wastes.  Resist the temptation to create value stream "wallpaper;"read the "Toyota...

October 13, 2017

Per Henry Ford:


 “Today’s standardization is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow’s improvement will be based.  If you think of ‘standardization’ as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow, you get somewhere.  But if you think of standards as confining, then progress stops.” Quote by Henry Ford in publication titled "Today and...

October 13, 2017


 

Base line measurements are necessary to track process improvement gains over time.  These measurements are usually made during a current state assessment.  Lets look at each Lean waste and brainstorm at least three measurements that can be established and re-measured to show process improvement and waste removal.  

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