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    Who Should Participate in Kaizen?


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    Who Should Participate in Kaizen?
    August 14, 2018 - One of the questions that we get asked most often by leadership teams trying to adopt the Kaizen approach to business that made Toyota so successful is who in the organization needs to be involved? It’s a good question, but one that’s...

    4 Practical Process Improvement Methods for an Academic Institution


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    4 Practical Process Improvement Methods for an Academic Institution
    August 14, 2018 - A key part of Business Process Management (BPM) is the application of process improvement methods. These methods are a representation of an overall approach toward achievement of efficiency and reduction of waste. Although these methods are often...

    Push/Pull Production for Your Manufacturing Process


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    Push/Pull Production for Your Manufacturing Process
    August 14, 2018 - Push and pull models of manufacturing are two major approaches implemented by organizations. The decision on which approach to use is often based on their business strategy. Push and pull-based models in manufacturing starts at the planning phase...

    Pull Production Makes Only What the Customer Demands


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    Pull Production Makes Only What the Customer Demands
    August 14, 2018 - In Lean production, it is commonly understood to use pull production instead of push production, which is implemented with a Kanban system. But what makes the pull production system the way to go?  Why not use a push production system? For...

    Decision Making: Dealing with Analysis Paralysis


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    Decision Making: Dealing with Analysis Paralysis
    August 13, 2018 - Analysis Paralysis is often regarded as the “Paradox of Choice.” In today’s time when the internet is making the gathering of information way too simpler, there is next to no impact on the decision making the ability of a human....

    Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature


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    Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature
    August 13, 2018 - I’ve always believed that we can learn how to innovate, and organize our businesses by learning from nature. One example is to question Wall Street’s obsession with short-term results, by understanding how giant redwoods maximize...

    5 Practical Examples of Work in Process


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    5 Practical Examples of Work in Process
    August 10, 2018 - In manufacturing, Work in Process (WIP) – also referred to as Work in Progress – is a category of inventory that consists of unfinished items which still require further assembly, processing or inspection to turn them into finished goods...

    What to Include on Your Gemba Walk Agenda


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    What to Include on Your Gemba Walk Agenda
    August 10, 2018 - Gemba walks are a favorite Lean management technique, but they can be used by any leader to become more connected with the people and process they manage. During a Gemba walk, the manager visits the place where work is done to observe, show...

    Sensing the Gemba


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    Sensing the Gemba
    August 10, 2018 - The next time you show up at the gemba to do a “go and see,” take apersonal assessment of your level of focus, presence and awareness.Choose any one of your senses to focus within first, so you can be 100percent present to deeply...

    3 Techniques to Reduce WIP (Work in Process) in Manufacturing


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    3 Techniques to Reduce WIP (Work in Process) in Manufacturing
    August 9, 2018 - Work in Process (WIP), in some cases also referred to as Work in Progess, refers to inventory which has entered the manufacturing process, is no longer part of the inventory of raw materials, but is not yet a complete product. Within an...