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  • Review of Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno by Takehiko Harada

    I had previously read and enjoyed the Japanese version of this book by Toyota veteran Takehiko Harada. Therefore I was curious to see how its idiosyncrasies would be handled in the process of editing and presenting it to a Western audience. Released in English as Management Lessons from Taii...

    Tags: Book Reviews, Taiichi Ohno, TPS Benchmarking, TPS

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  • Ohno's Circle and Gemba Walks

    While Mark Graban and I were at the recent TVMA Convention and Expo presenting our Lean lecture a couple of weeks ago, a veterinarian came up to us and said that he routinely schedules each of his staff to spend 30 minutes several times each week to just observe procedures and flows around t...

    Tags: Gemba, Gemba Walks, Ohno's Circle, Taiichi Ohno

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  • The Seven QC Tools, Part 4

    (Experience & Reflection)In earlier blogs I extolled the power of the "Q7"Indeed, they're an indispensable part of our problem-solving arsenal.Caveat: the Q7 are an abstraction that exist in the world of Reflection. Good problem solving entails moving fluidly between the worlds of Reflection...

    Tags: q7, Seven QC Tools, Taiichi Ohno

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  • Einstein's Equation of Lean Relativity

    No, not Albert Einstein! Moraito “Morey” Einstein, Albert’s third cousin, twice removed on his mother’s side. Just kidding! However, this, in a simple equation, explains Lean.“F” stands for Flow and “V” stands for Value from the client’s poin...

    Tags: 5 Why, 5S, A3 Thinking, Continuous Improvement, Flow, Just In Time (JIT), Kaizen, Kanban, PDCA Cycle, Perfection, Root Cause, Taiichi Ohno, Value, Value Stream Maps, Value Streams, Visual Management, Waste

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  • Kanban, JIT, and How Piggly Wiggly Changed the World of Lean Manufacturing

    Here’s a list of things you might find in your local supermarket: Canned goods Pet food Hair products Cheese The key to completely revolutionizing the manufacturing and production industry forever That last item is a little hard to come by, but according to legend, that’s wh...

    Tags: Six Sigma, Terms, Tools and Software, Just in Time Production, Kanban, Piggly Wiggly, Taiichi Ohno, Toyota Production System

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  • Problem Solving and the Worlds of Reflection & Experience

    Good problem solving entails moving fluidly between the worlds of Reflection & Experience.Go See (genchi genbutsu) is central to the latter. Analytical tools like the famous Q7 Quality Tools are abstractions that exist in the world of Reflection.Problem solving begins in the world of Experien...

    Tags: Experience, problem solving, Reflection, Taiichi Ohno

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  • GA 153 | From Tiffany & Co. to Toyota with Josh Sanchez

    This week’s guest is Josh Sanchez, a continuous improvement practitioner with a fascinating background. Josh worked for Tiffany & Co. before landing a job at Toyota, and is now transitioning into a healthcare role. Ron and Josh discussed what it’s like to practice contin...

    Tags: Education, Lean, Lean Healthcare, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing, podcast, Productivity, Six Sigma, Taiichi Ohno, Toyota, TWI

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  • What is Lean Six Sigma ?

    What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a managerial approach that combines Six Sigma methods and tools and the Lean manufacturing/lean enterprise philosophy, striving to eliminate waste of physical resources, time, effort and talent, while assuring quality in production and organizational pro...

    Tags: lean six sigma, lean manufacturing, lean culture, six sigma, dmaic, Taiichi Ohno, LSS

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  • Sayings of the Lean Fathers

    Within the body of Jewish literature,  there is a book called "Pirke Avot", which means 'Sayings of the Fathers'. It is a collection of wisdom and quotes handed down from the ancient rabbis and the Jewish tradition. Taking that reference as a model, I decided to produce this "Sayings of the ...

    Tags: 5 Why, Continuous Improvement, Deming, Engagement, Gemba, Kaizen, Masaaki Imai, Perfection, Problem Solving, Respect, Root Cause, Shigeo Shingo, Standardized Work, Systems, Taiichi Ohno, Toyota, TPS, Visual Management

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  • Strategy and the Worlds of Thought & Experience

    Strategy, like all problem solving, entails moving fluidly between the worlds of Thought & Experience.We begin by trying to understand our core problem in the world of thought. We reflect on core strategic questions such as: What happened last year, and why? What worked, what did not work...

    Tags: inductive reasoning, New 7, q7, Strategy, Taiichi Ohno

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