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Continuous Improvement

Practicing Lean Manufacturing to Optimize Resource Utilization

Practicing Lean Manufacturing to Optimize Resource Utilization

Optimum utilization of the available resource is a key goal in all organizations. The main objective is to ensure each and every available resource is channeled towards adding value to the set processes in order to improve the productivity of the organization. Lean manufacturing is geared towards this and its basic tenets include the need

Is Lean Too Elitist?

Is Lean Too Elitist?

The Lean Edge, a website which touts itself as a “dialogue between business leaders and lean authors” offers some neat perspectives of lean, and inspired me to write an article about a post by Tracey Richardson.  She talks about the lean term, nemawashi,  which she says means “prepping the soil” or “digging around the roots” in

Continuous Improvement: 3 Tips For Getting Management On-Board

Continuous Improvement: 3 Tips For Getting Management On-Board

Ron Pereira, of LSS Academy wrote a recent post titled “3 Things You Can Do When Your Manager Doesn’t Support Continuous Improvement,” and I like his proactive attitude. Face it, sometimes, your “higher-ups” don’t always back your ideas.  They may have several reason for this: maybe they don’t want you to steal their thunder, or

Why Red Tags are Important to the 5S Process

Why Red Tags are Important to the 5S Process

If your company has embarked on starting a lean program to improve its bottom line, it is a very advisable that you will be implementing 5S into the workplace. 5S offers your production system an opportunity to evaluate its departments and find ways to speed things up, cut out extra inventory, decrease waste, and get

Get Lean with Pizza?

Get Lean with Pizza?

Some of the folks over at the Lean Forums were expressing their need for value stream mapping (vsm) simulation games, so lean consultant and author, Bob Petruska, explained the “Pizza Game” which he plays with his Schwan coworkers (he uses this analogy because one of the Schwan plants makes frozen pizzas). According to Petruska, they

Why Rethink Business With Kaizen?

Why Rethink Business With Kaizen?

What is it? How can this help my company achieve higher goals? In an economy focused on regrowth and restructure, businesses all over are trying to innovate wherever they can. Kaizen can be the beginning of looking at business like never before. In a typical corporate structure top to bottom, the corporate level makes all