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  • From Chaos to Kaizen: The Visual Way

    In another of his visual depictions of the fundamentals of lean, Andrew Quibell illustrates the process of transforming a chaos-plagued organization into one of continuous improvement. ... Original: http://www.lean.org/lp/668 By: Andrew QuibellPosted: December 20, 2016, 12:00 am

    Tags: continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, process improvement, kaizen

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  • A Sweeter Type of Lean

    In one memorable lean project, Carlos Moretti found himself assisting a Brazilian sugar-cane supplier for the ethanol industry with a number of efficiency and quality problems. This is his story. Original: http://www.lean.org/lp/673 By: Carlos MorettiPosted: January 5, 2017, 12:00 am

    Tags: lean and society, Problem solving, process improvement, visual management

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  • What's a good "small step" to start off my LPPD transformation? A Q&A with Katrina Appell

    A lean product and process development transformation may seem daunting, but all you really need to get started is a series of simple yet effective "small steps." Here's Katrina Appell on her favorite. Original: http://www.lean.org/lp/677 By: Katrina AppellPosted: January 17, 2017, 12:00...

    Tags: process improvement, product design, Product Development, visual management

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  • What is Kata Process Improvement?

    What is Kata Process Improvement? When owning a business, success is obviously the number one thing on any business owners mind. There are many different routes that can be taken to get to the top. One of the new and inventive ways to run a successful business involves the Kata improvement proce...

    Tags: Leadership, Lean Manager, Lean Manufacturing, Personal Improvement, business, improvement kata, kata, kata improvement process, process improvement, target

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  • Stratify Data to Hone in on Special Causes of Problems

    We have a tendency to focus on special causes even when poor results are due to common causes within the system. To improve results that are due to the system trying to determine the specific problem with any bad result and fix that problem is an inefficient strategy.   But there are times...

    Tags: data, respect for people, systems thinking, understanding variation, management concepts, organization as a system, process improvement, process thinking, quality tools, root cause, special cause

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  • What are We Trying to Accomplish?

    In The Improvement Guide, the authors add 3 questions to the PDSA cycle: What are we trying to accomplish? How will we know that a change is an improvement? What change can we make that will result in improvement? Image of the model for improvement from an article by Ron Moen and Clifford ...

    Tags: continual improvement, process thinking, pdsa, process improvement

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  • Accelerating Justice with Lean Forensics

    One of our most popular subjects on The Lean Post is the use of lean in unorthodox places. But one gemba that we have yet to discuss on the Post is crime laboratories. You might be surprised to learn that they are prime candidates for lean transformations, being the process-heavy environments the...

    Tags: lean practice, Lean Practices, levelled production, process improvement, standardized work

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  • Muda Corporation: The Pitfalls of 5S

    In the latest installment of his "Muda Corporation" series, Marius Gil shares nine common mistakes he has seen people make with 5S. Original: http://www.lean.org/lp/690 By: Marius GilPosted: February 14, 2017, 12:00 am

    Tags: Problem solving, 5s, standardized work, process improvement

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  • What are the key traits I should look for in a potential Chief Engineer? A Q&A with Katrina Appell

    The Chief Engineer is a key cornerstone of lean product and process development. Katrina Appell has been asked many times what traits a potential CE should have in order to ensure the best chance of success. Her answer may surprise you - read more and find out what you should really ask yourself ...

    Tags: process improvement, product design, Product Development

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  • Everybody Thinking, Learning and Doing

      In this presentation Dan Jones discusses what we (with an understanding of Deming’s ideas) can see as an aspect of the Deming chain reaction: Focusing on quality and then time the consequence is that we lower costs. Rather than focusing initially on costs as most people do and th...

    Tags: continual improvement, management systems, systems thinking, business, leadership, lean manufacturing, learning, organization as a system, process improvement, quality tools, respect for people, suppliers, value stream, webcasts

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