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Continuous Improvement

Want Results? 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies that Work!

Want Results? 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies that Work!

Continuous improvement is the task of frequently seeking out ways to improve processes, products, or services. However, when it comes to the ongoing and ever-changing task of continuous improvement, it is important to remember that persistence and perseverance are vital. For instance, when cell phones first came out they were oversized, bulky, offered less than

Understanding True Alignment

Understanding True Alignment

The competition is fierce out in the world of business, there is always the drive to make things bigger (or smaller), better, and cheaper. Consumers demand quality products that actually deliver the results promised. Upon such a competitive playing ground, what separates the business “haves” from the business “have nots?” The answer may be as

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

The Benefits of Lean Management

The Benefits of Lean Management

When people make changes on the floor of a manufacturing facility the benefits are often immediate and obvious.  Whether this is a reduction in wasted time or a streamlined method of moving a part through the production process, it is a clear improvement almost right from the beginning.  When looking at the benefits of 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

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

Going Lean: IKEA style

Going Lean: IKEA style

For those of you who have not experienced the splendor of IKEA, right now is a great time to learn some helpful and effective facts regarding their lean tactics and safety style. IKEA is a Dutch-based retail company that originated in Sweden back in 1943. Through the years IKEA has proven itself to be one

Using Quality Objectives to Drive Strategic Performance Improvement

Using Quality Objectives to Drive Strategic Performance Improvement

When most people think about performance improvement, they often think of things such as customer satisfaction or continuous improvement models. It is true that both of these components are important to the overall success of a business. However, the most significant revision within the ISO 9001 is calling for a requirement of quality objectives. If