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Lean

The Importance of Lean in the Office

The Importance of Lean in the Office

People who read about or study the lean techniques will find that most of what they read is about how to apply these standards to a manufacturing facility.  This is where the concept really got its roots, and also where it is most commonly implemented.  It is important to realize, however, that in addition to

Mike Wilson | April 10, 2013 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Lean




Small Changes Add Up!

Small Changes Add Up!

When it comes to the topic of making changes, many people tend to focus on making big changes to create a big impact. However, big changes often take extended amounts of time and resources to fully implement, and many people and businesses alike do not have the feasibility to always enact big changes. Instead, it

Mike Wilson | April 4, 2013 | Lean | Continuous Improvement


Catchball

Catchball

Catchball may sound like a game of throwing and catching a ball, and in Japan it is a game just as that. However, catchball is also a common business practice used in lean businesses during the strategy deployment phase of Hoshin Kanri or simply Hoshin Planning. Needless to say, it does not include the use

Mike Wilson | March 29, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma


Lean: Is Forecasting Feasible?

Lean: Is Forecasting Feasible?

If you have ever worked in a business setting, you have probably heard people talk about forecasting. No, we are not talking about the weather, but instead the projected sales or amount of business transactions expected to help prepare a business for the future. Many businesses focus quite a bit in the area of forecasting,

Mike Wilson | March 27, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing



Decision-Making: Is Quicker Always Better?

Decision-Making: Is Quicker Always Better?

Why does everyone always seem to be in a rush? Whether dropping kids off to school in the morning, trying to squeeze in a haircut during a lunch hour or tempted to open a new credit card just because a credit decision is promised within 60 seconds, people seem to always be rushing and often

Mike Wilson | March 21, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing



The Importance and Value of Mistake Proofing

The Importance and Value of Mistake Proofing

Have there been mistakes made in your business operations? The answer is obviously yes. Whether mistakes happen while an employee is stacking pallets on warehouse floor, or while working on an assembly line out in the factory, mistakes are simply a part of life. There will always be some sort of human error value when

Mike Wilson | March 12, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing


Lean Metrics + Process Improvement = Success

Lean Metrics + Process Improvement = Success

When discussing the term “metrics” or “performance metrics,”we are referring to the approaches businesses take to gauge or measure performance. Metrics are often used to determine whether a company is or isn’t making its objectives and goals and often serves as a platform to identify areas in need of improvement. However, it is important to

Mike Wilson | March 7, 2013 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Lean


New Product Development: Potential Pitfalls

New Product Development: Potential Pitfalls

Generating new ideas and creating new product is often exciting, yet a bit daunting. There are many unanswered questions along with new product development (NPD) and with that also comes a strong sense of vulnerability when introducing it onto the market. Some common concerns include: Will people like the product? Will the product function as

Mike Wilson | March 6, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing


Help Your Business GO LEAN!

Help Your Business GO LEAN!

These days you may be hearing a lot talk regarding “going lean” and “implementing lean practices,” what does this truly mean? When a company implements lean practices they are essentially looking at all areas within the company, evaluating processes, searching for new ways to streamline and improve current processes, all while striving to create a

Mike Wilson | March 5, 2013 | Lean | Lean, Lean Manufacturing


Is it Really an Operator Error or Something Else?

Is it Really an Operator Error or Something Else?

Let’s face it, there are many situations in which products are used either incorrectly or just simply don’t meet an intended need appropriately. Would you agree that this is due to an operator (customer) error? Or do you believe it is due to a process defect or product discrepancy? All too many times, operators are

Mike Wilson | March 4, 2013 | Lean | Lean


Quality Begins with the Design and Process

Quality Begins with the Design and Process

The term “quality” is somewhat ambiguous in nature as it means differing levels of satisfaction to different people. However, even though acceptable levels of quality vary widely from person to person, one thing is for sure, when a person purchases a product to meet a specific need he or she expects the product to fulfill

Mike Wilson | February 26, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing